Henry Hill, the famed mobster turned FBI informant whose life story was documented in the book “Wiseguy”– upon which Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster epic ‘Goodfellas’ was based — has died at the age of 69 in Los Angeles.
Hill was associated with New York’s Lucchese crime family throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s. He began his life of crime at the age of 11 while growing up in Brooklyn by running errands for Paul Vario, a mob captain of the Lucchese family.
“I shot at people. I busted a lot of heads, and I buried a lot of bodies,” Hill said in 2010. “You can try to justify it by saying they deserved it, that they had it coming, but some just got whacked for absolutely no reason at all.”
Hill, who spent more than a decade in the federal witness protection program, was portrayed by Ray Liota in ‘Goodfellas,’which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.