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Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (June 12, 1929 – October 13, 2008), In the 1995 film Casino the character of Sam "Ace" Rothstein (played by Robert De Niro) is largely based on Rosenthal's time in Las Vegas and his relationship with Anthony "The Ant" Spilotro, on which the character Nicky Santoro (played by Joe Pesci) is based. His wife, Geri, is reflected in the character of Ginger Rothstein (played by Sharon Stone).

Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (June 12, 1929 – October 13, 2008), In the 1995 film Casino the character of Sam "Ace" Rothstein (played by Robert De Niro) is largely based on Rosenthal's time in Las Vegas and his relationship with Anthony "The Ant" Spilotro, on which the character Nicky Santoro (played by Joe Pesci) is based. His wife, Geri, is reflected in the character of Ginger Rothstein (played by Sharon Stone).

Mugshot of Ezra Milford Jones, taken shortly before his murder in 1932. He was an Egan's Rat who moved to Detroit and worked with the Purple Gang.   From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Mugshot of Ezra Milford Jones, taken shortly before his murder in 1932. He was an Egan's Rat who moved to Detroit and worked with the Purple Gang. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Harry Altman aka "Two Gun Harry" and "The Indian."  He was a Purple gang enforcer who used both a knife and a gun. The Purple gang used him as a collector, he was known for his strength but not his mind. He died in Michigan State Prison in 1950 from Cirrhosis of the Liver.  From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Harry Altman aka "Two Gun Harry" and "The Indian." He was a Purple gang enforcer who used both a knife and a gun. The Purple gang used him as a collector, he was known for his strength but not his mind. He died in Michigan State Prison in 1950 from Cirrhosis of the Liver. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Sam Kert (left) and Sam Cohen aka "The Two Sammies." They were major Purple gang liquor distributors, they operated in many Detroit nightclubs, including the K and C nightclub that politicians, police, and gangsters frequented. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Sam Kert (left) and Sam Cohen aka "The Two Sammies." They were major Purple gang liquor distributors, they operated in many Detroit nightclubs, including the K and C nightclub that politicians, police, and gangsters frequented. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Harry Fleisher, known as "H. F." He was a good friend to Joseph Burnstein and a well known Purple gang lieutenant. He never hired anyone to kill for him and he was feared and respected in Detroit's underworld.  From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Harry Fleisher, known as "H. F." He was a good friend to Joseph Burnstein and a well known Purple gang lieutenant. He never hired anyone to kill for him and he was feared and respected in Detroit's underworld. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Purple gangsters Myron "Mikey" Selik (left) and Harry Fleisher. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Purple gangsters Myron "Mikey" Selik (left) and Harry Fleisher. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Raymond Burnstein, Abraham Burnstein's brother. He was one of the chief enforcers of the Purple Gang. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

Raymond Burnstein, Abraham Burnstein's brother. He was one of the chief enforcers of the Purple Gang. From: Detroit's Infamous Purple Gang by Paul R. Kavieff

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