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Daily Archives: April 10th, 2009



Friars club



Anthony  Fiato, “The Animal”


Mike  “Rizzi”  Rizzitello



In the sixties, the Beverly Hills Friars club  was a cash cow for major-league wiseguy, Johnny Roselli,”Handsome Johnny”.  Johnny, and his crew of card cheats, milked the joint for a bundle of bucks. Years later the club was still 
 full of fat-cat entertainers, and Hollywood celebrities, who  loved  to gamble on sports.
  BIG ACTORS  like the late Walter Matthau, and Get Smart, star, Don Adams, wouldn’t think twice about betting ten grand on a football game. Through the years, the Friars Club resident bookies have always gotten rich off  the losers. In 1980  Bobby Craig was the in-house bookie.  Bobby was making money hand over fist. The greedy fuck didn’t want to share the wealth with Capo Mike “Rizzi” Rizzitello. I had to push  Bobby down a flight of stairs in the Friars Club to get him to cough  up the cash.  He paid  two grand a week to us.
next was   ex  Brooklyn copper Al Lazar, and his partner Nick Dio. They  took over the action at the Friars Club when Bobby Craig died. We did  a job on them too  .
  Mike Hammer actor  Stacy Keach was taking action up there for a while too.   I had gone  to Stacy’s wedding  in Malibu  so  I gave him a pass.           
 Anthony  Fiato
my book  The Animal in Hollywood mentions these guys.