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'Goodfellas' Actor Sues Fox For $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

'Goodfellas' actor Frank Sivero has sued Fox for $250 million claiming that 'The Simpsons' mobster character is based on him.

Sivero, who has previously sued a restaurant over a sandwich named after his 'Goodfellas' character, says that he didn't give the show any rights to use him.

Sivero says that the show's Louie, who is a crony of mobster Fat Tony, is based on him and his "appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative" in the character.

Sivero says there's no doubt the character is based on him because in 1989 he was living in an apartment complex that writers of 'The Simpsons' were also living in.

"They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas," his lawsuit states. "In fact, they were aware the entire character of 'Frankie Carbone' was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality."

Louie eventually debuted during an episode titled 'Bart the Murderer' a few years later.

Sivero goes on to say the show's producer, Gracie Films, had said they were interested in collaborating with him, but after that didn't materialize he now feels they were "simply studying him further for the character Louie."

October 23, 2014 |

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