Hill’s life inspiration behind movie “Goodfellas”
Henry Hill, the inspiration behind the movie Goodfellas, has died at the age of 69.
With his crazy antics and illegal activities, the former mafia associate-gone-FBI informant’s life inspired the 1990 Martin Scorsese mob film Goodfellas.
TMZ reported Hill’s girlfriend said Henry Hill died from a long battle of an unidentified illness.
“He had been sick for a long time…his heart gave out,” she said to TMZ.
Henry Hill was kicked out of the FBI for committing numerous crimes.
The book inspired by the film, Pileggi’s 1986 Wiseguys, and the consequent movie, Goodfellas, were based off the events in Henry Hill’s life.
Henry Hill was known to indulge in drugs and alcohol and have multiple affairs. He was also infamous for his many crimes committed while in the mob.
Henry Hill spent 10 years in prison in the ‘70s for an extortion rap.
Henry Hill was booted from the witness protection program in 1990 because he often blew his own cover and continued to participate in illegal activities.
Henry Hill was never concerned with potentially scorned former mob members and was very open and public with his life. He often appeared on The Howard Stern Show where he would discuss his past mobster life.