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Anthony  Fiato, “The Animal”

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Mike  “Rizzi”  Rizzitello

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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.
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  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.
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