Henry Hill Dies Aged 69: Did Scorcese Connection Save Him?


Henry Hill, the mobster portrayed in the classic Goodfellas movie, has died. This time around, life fell short of imitating art, as Hill managed to escape the gruesome end that he apparently feared his entire life. The gangster tale did not play out as you may expect, for a man embroiled in mob politics. There was no drive-by shooting, no bullet to the head. Instead, Hill died, at the age of 69, in hospital, of heart failure, after a lengthy battle with ill health.

According to The Guardian, Hill often expressed (following the release of Martin Scorcese's 1990 movie) that he simply couldn't believe that he hadn't been murdered. He spent several years under witness protection after his testimony secured 50 mob convictions. He fully expected to die at the hands of his enemies. Hill's girlfriend Lisa explained to TMZ "he had been ill for a long time. his heart gave out." It was a gentle end for a man who had led a dramatic life, if the celluloid re-telling of it is to be believed. It's unclear why revenge was never sought; perhaps Hill had become such a legend as a result of his Hollywood connections, that taking him down was simply too risky. Perhaps his detractors were happy for him to lead his life, looking over his shoulder for them.

Henry Hill was played by Ray Liotta in the 1990 movie, alongside Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino. The movie quickly became one of Scorcese's most revered cinematic high points and 22 years later, is considered a cult classic.


Contactmusic

Tags: Henry Hill - Martin Scorsese - Ray Liotta - Robert De Niro - Joe Pesci - Lorraine Bracco - Paul Sorvino

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Horns - Trailer

Following the mysterious death of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), Ig Perrish (Daniel Redcliffe) wakes up from with a...

Horns Trailer

'Foxcatcher' Leads Almost Went To Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy

Foxcatcher, the psychological drama from the supremely talented Bennett Miller, is without doubt one...

'Foxcatcher' Leads Almost Went To Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy

Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were with Lionel Richie

Ahead of the September 2014 release of Barbra Streisand's duet album 'Partners', Lionel Richie talks about the...

Barbra Streisand - The Way We Were With Lionel Richie Video

'The November Man' Is Nothing More Than An August Dud

The November Man? Pfffft - Roger Donaldson's latest movie deserves to be nowhere near the penultimate...

'The November Man' Is Nothing More Than An August Dud

Kongos - Lunatic Album Review

Bursting out the stereo with the glitzy stomp of opening salvo 'I'm Only Joking' and 'Come With Me Now', Kongos at first appear to be...

Kongos - Lunatic Album Review

Ariana Grande - Break Free - Live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater LA

Ariana Grande performs the song, 'Break Free' live at the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theatre...

Ariana Grande - Break Free - Live On The Honda Stage At The Iheartradio Theater La Video

Jack White - I'm Down (Lyric Video)

The lyric video for Jack White's country music song, 'I'm Down' has received a lyric video. The song has been recorded as part of...

Jack White - I'm Down (Lyric Video) Video

Frasier's 'Niles Crane' Joins Cast of CBS Drama 'The Good Wife'

In his first television role since the conclusion of Frasier in 2004, David Hyde Pierce - who...

Frasier's 'Niles Crane' Joins Cast of CBS Drama 'The Good Wife'

Joan Rivers Stable But Critical, Stopped Breathing During Surgery

Joan Rivers, the 81-year-old comedienne, is in a stable but critical condition in hospital...

Joan Rivers Stable But Critical, Stopped Breathing During Surgery
Advertisement

Comments

Henry Hill Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Henry Hill

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All