Jilly Rizzo

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Jilly Rizzo
Jilly Rizzo.jpg
BornErmenigildo Rizzo
(1917-05-06)May 6, 1917
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 6, 1992(1992-05-06) (aged 75)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Car accident
Resting place
Desert Memorial Park
NationalityAmerican
Children3
 
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Jilly Rizzo
Jilly Rizzo.jpg
BornErmenigildo Rizzo
(1917-05-06)May 6, 1917
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedMay 6, 1992(1992-05-06) (aged 75)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Car accident
Resting place
Desert Memorial Park
NationalityAmerican
Children3

Ermenigildo "Jilly" Rizzo (May 6, 1917 – May 6, 1992) was an American restaurateur and entertainer.

Career[edit]

As a young man, Rizzo worked with his father delivering Italian ice to cafes. Rizzo opened Jilly's Saloon, a lounge on West Forty-ninth street, then moved to 256 West 52nd Street in Manhattan. Jilly's Saloon was a popular celebrity hangout in the 1960s. Rizzo's long-time friend Frank Sinatra frequented the lounge. Rizzo later became one of Sinatra's chief aides. Rizzo was also a frequent guest on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, where he would recite one liners in his monotone New York accent.

In 1992, Rizzo and five other men were convicted of fraud in relation to an $8 million loan scheme. He was given 1,000 hours of community service.[1]

Death[edit]

On May 6, 1992, his 75th birthday, Rizzo was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver in Rancho Mirage, California. He was survived by a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren.[1] He is buried in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes|-
1962The Manchurian CandidateJillyUncredited
1967Tony RomeCard playerUncredited
1968The DetectiveBartenderUncredited
1984Cannonball Run IIJilly
1985Year of the DragonSchiro
1987The Pick-up ArtistCasino Floor Manager
1990EternityJilly
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1970–1971Rowan & Martin's Laugh-InHimself8 episodes
1977The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank SinatraHimselfTelevision special
1974–1978KojakVarious roles2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jilly Rizzo, Close Aide To Sinatra, Killed at 75". New York Times. 1992-05-07. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 

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