According to Hill, he had absolutely no idea. In 2010, he told The Telegraph, "It's surreal, totally surreal, to be here. I never thought I'd reach this wonderful age," and hypothesised he was still standing simply because "there's nobody from my era are alive." Following his death in 2012, The Guardian hypothesized that bureaucratic disorganization in the organized crime world or fame might have kept Hill standing.
According to Sivero, The Simpsons writers lifted his likeness while living next door to him in Sherman Oaks in 1989, the year before Goodfellas's release. Louie debuted on the show during the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer," and as of this year had appeared in 21 Simpsons episodes in total.