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Johnny Torrio (1882–1957)

Prohibition-era gang boss Johnny Torrio was born Giovanni Torrio in Irsina, Italy. When Johnny was two years old his father died, and his mother left Italy for New York City. Torrio got his start in the criminal underworld at an early age, working as a bouncer in several Manhattan dives. He eventually joined a street gang and within a short time ... See full bio »


(age 75) in Chicago, Illinois, USA

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 2011 Prohibition (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- A Nation of Hypocrites (2011) ... Himself
- A Nation of Scofflaws (2011) ... Himself
 1993 American Justice: Target - Mafia (TV Mini-Series documentary)

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Nephew, through marriage, of Jim Colosimo. Torrio brought Al Capone with him to Chicago to aid Colosimo in his ascent to the top of organized crime. It was rumored that Capone assassinated Colosimo on Torrio's orders.


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