Tony Provenzano Is One Of The Most Colorful Characters In 'The Irishman' — Who Was He In Real Life?

Nov 29, 2019 1344


In Martin Scorsese’s latest mafia movie, "The Irishman," loosely based on a true story, there's a whole host of fascinating, dramatic characters. Of course, there's the titular "Irishman," Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) a mob hitman, and the man he took credit for killing: Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), the mafia associate and union leader whose mysterious disappearance has fascinated true crime fans ever since he vanished off the face of the earth.

But those aren't the only characters based off true characters in the Netflix film: Anthony “Tony” Provenzano, a loud dresser and ruthless mob guy, quickly grabs viewers' eyes. So what's Provenzano's real life story?

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