It's not easy being typecast, especially when you only ever get the chance to be an extra. Nick DeMaio is tired of his gruff demeanour, Italian American heritage and New York accent constantly thusting him into gangster roles and dreams of expanding his work to include a broader range of characters. But, alas, it's not easy to convince casting agents he's more than just a one trick pony, and so he rounds up a bunch of actor friends who are equally determined to be more than just mobsters and sets up to organise a producation of Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. Unfortunately, the stereotyped mass of aspiring stars has caught the attention of the cops, who start to get suspicious that their play is an attempt to cover up a major criminal plot after the murder of a Broadway producer. They enlist an undercover agent to audition for the play, but little does he know that he's only going to find a passion for the stage among these long-suffering gentlemen.
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Tony Darrow - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived for the Closing of The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of 'Goodfellas' in Manhattan, New York, United States - Saturday 25th April 2015
A former mafia associate hired by disgraced Goodfellas star Tony Darrow to break a debtor's jaw has been sentenced to probation.
Giovanni Monteleone was one of two thugs recruited by actor Darrow, real name Anthony Borgese, in 2009 to savagely beat a New York man who owed him $5,000 (£3,330).
The 45 year old, who had ties to the Gambino crime family, faced a charge of extortion but agreed to co-operate with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to avoid prison time.
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Goodfellas star Tony Darrow has been sentenced to six months house arrest after pleading guilty to arranging a real-life mob beating.
In February (11), Darrow, who also starred in several episodes of TV gangster series The Sopranos, admitted orchestrating an attack on an unidentified debtor, who was savagely beaten by two thugs linked to New York's Gambino crime family.
He was back in court to receive his punishment on Wednesday (07Dec11), and a judge at Brooklyn Federal Court in New York ordered Darrow - real name Anthony Borgese - to spend six months under house arrest for the crime.
Darrow, 73, was also handed two years probation and 250 hours of "non-physically taxing" community service.
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Shamed GOODFELLAS actor Tony Darrow has apologised for his involvement in a real-life Mafia extortion plot - and vowed to make up for his downfall by steering youngsters away from crime.
Darrow, who also starred in 14 episodes of gangster-themed TV series The Sopranos, is facing a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty earlier this month (Feb11) to asking a mob boss to help him collect a debt as a "favour".
The unidentified debtor was later savagely beaten by two thugs linked to New York's Gambino crime family, and suffered a broken jaw and ribs.
Now Darrow - real name Anthony Borgese - has told of his terror after he was thrown in a cell with hardened crooks, and has filmed a public service announcement in a bid to help troubled youngsters stay away from a life of crime.
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GOODFELLAS star Tony Darrow is facing jail after admitting involvement in a real-life Mafia extortion plot.
Darrow, who played restaurant owner Sonny Bunz in Martin Scorsese's 1990 mobster classic, pleaded guilty to taking part in an attempt to collect a debt.
The actor, who also starred in 14 episodes of gangster-themed TV series The Sopranos, was asked for help in recovering the cash by the owner of a New York car dealership.
The unidentified victim was later savagely beaten by two enforcers with links to the Gambino crime family, suffering a broken jaw and ribs in the 2004 attack.
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A friend of GOODFELLAS star Tony Darrow was sentenced to 51 months behind bars on Wednesday (03Mar10) for ordering two thugs to strong-arm cash from a debtor.
Joseph 'Joey Boy' Orlando, linked to the Gambino organised crime family, was handed the jail term after prosecutors provided a recording in which he can be heard describing the vicious 2004 assault, according to the New York Daily News.
Darrow, real name Anthony Borgese, had asked for Orlando's help after the victim failed to pay back a large sum to a loan shark.
Orlando then sent two men to attack the debtor, who has not been identified, leaving him with a broken jaw and ribs.
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An unabashed comedic fable, Small Time Crooks presents Woody as Ray Winkler, an ex-con living in a New York rathole and scraping by as a dishwasher. His wife Frenchy (Tracy Ullman) does nails by day, gives Ray a whole lot of lip by night. And when Ray comes home with a new "master plan" that promises to make them rich so they can retire to Florida (the dream to end all dreams in Small Time Crooks), Frenchy becomes a reluctant partner.
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Woody Allen slides comfortably back into screwball mode directing himself as an incompetent bank robber dreaming up an absurdly arduous heist in "Small Time Crooks," his first movie in a long time unabashedly about nothing deeper than non-stop laughs.
Allen plays ex-con (and current dishwasher) Ray Winkler, the dubious mastermind behind a plan to rent an empty pizza joint two doors down from a Manhattan bank, then tunnel from the restaurant's basement to the bank's vault and make off with millions.
But Ray and his band of deficient ne'er-do-wells (Michael Rapaport, Jon Lovitz and Tony Darrow) need a front to occupy the shop while they burrow below. So he cajoles his manicurist wife Frenchy (Tracey Ullman) into opening a cookie shop in the empty storefront -- despite the fact that she thinks Ray's buddies, and their plans, are moronic.
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