His wife Karen, played by Lorraine Bracco in GoodFellas , was initially unaware of his crime connections, but ultimately embraced the lifestyle. As he told biographer Nicholas Pileggi for the book Wiseguy , on which GoodFellas was based, that robbery won him big points with the mafia higher-ups. The time he spent in prison was for extortion, not any violent crimes. Photo: Orjan F. On the other hand, Brooklyn gangster Jimmy Burke delighted in murder and was responsible for several of the corpses that Hill had to bury. In his memoir, A Goodfellas Guide to New York , Hill said that Burke had the bodies buried locally , scattering them underneath houses, bocce ball courts and even his own bar. Burke had a rough childhood. The first 13 years of his life consisted mostly of repetitive abuse from the foster families he lived with after his mother put him in an orphanage at the age of 2.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
He was married to Angelica "Cookie" Spione but had many mistresses, including famous s supermodel Theresa Ferrara. In the Martin Scorsese film…. Henry and Jimmy.
Goodfellas: Henry Hill’s Life After The Events Of The Movie
It is an adaptation of the non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi , who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. It narrates the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends and family from to Scorsese initially titled the film Wise Guy and postponed making it; later, he and Pileggi changed the title to Goodfellas. To prepare for their roles in the film, De Niro, Pesci and Liotta often spoke with Pileggi, who shared research material left over from writing the book. According to Pesci, improvisation and ad-libbing came out of rehearsals wherein Scorsese gave the actors freedom to do whatever they wanted. The director made transcripts of these sessions, took the lines he liked most and put them into a revised script, which the cast worked from during principal photography.
Keep your little bookworms engaged outside of the classroom with our selection of the very best literary adaptations. See the full list. Looking for something to watch? Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Visit our What to Watch page. Sign In. Up 7, this week. Actor Producer.