Mob Stories: The Big Guy (Frank Cotroni)

Mob Stories: The Big Guy (Frank Cotroni)

2003, Crime  -   5 Comments
Ratings: 7.00/10 from 14 users.

Mob Stories - The Big Guy (Frank Cotroni)Mobster Frank Santos Cotroni was known in mob circles as Le Gros, French for the Big Guy, and Il Cice, Italian for the tender, life-giving core at the center of a hard nut. The youngest of six Cotroni children, the Montreal-born mobster was certainly a hard nut.

He served more than half his adult life in prison, some of it for ordering five underworld killings of mob rivals in the 1980s, including one at the Seaway Hotel on Toronto's waterfront.

The Cotroni boys grew up in a gritty downtown Montreal neighborhood with a flourishing bootlegging trade, gaming houses and brothels.

He published a cookbook that combined his favorite recipes and what his publisher called his culinary memories. Moviegoers saw an actor playing Cotroni grilling a steak in the 1990 film Goodfellas, based on time he spent in the federal penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pa., with mobster Henry Hill.

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5 Comments / User Reviews

  1. RV

    The audio doesn't match up at times to the voices of those speaking.

  2. David

    Your assertion that Mr. Cotroni was portrayed in Goodfellas is INCORRECT... the character cooking steaks is Johnny Dio (dioguardi) and it is clearly stated in the film.

  3. Capricious

    The host for this doc absolutely sucks.. unwatchable here :(

  4. Fredi

    Thanks for all the documentaries man, been stuck on this website for the pass 3 days

    1. ken pitre

      well after being away from montreal 7 years i came back home walked to my best friend home and knocked at the door and this beautiful women opened up the door.was looking for my friend and said to me he didnt live there who lives here now?? she father on me...vic day of my life.!!ps {and} should hear what happened next.