Goodfellas star Frank Sivero is suing the creators of The Simpsons over allegations they ripped off his onscreen persona. Sivero, who played ill-fated mobster Frankie Carbone in Martin Scorsese's classic 1990 gangster movie, has filed a $250 million (£156 million) lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over The Simpsons' wiseguy character Louie.
He claims the mob henchman, who has appeared in 16 episodes over the years, is based on his portrayal of Carbone, and suggests a group of writers on The Simpsons got the idea while they were living next door to him in California in 1989 while he was preparing for the role.
The legal papers, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, state, "They knew he was developing the character he was to play in the movie Goodfellas. 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's appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero."
Sivero, who also appeared in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, is demanding $250 million in damages as well as legal fees. Earlier this year (14), the actor sued a deli in California for using the character's name on a sandwich.
In Goodfellas, Frankie Carbone is killed off by fellow gangsters and his body is hidden in a frozen meat locker.
Actor Frank Sivero has filed a lawsuit against a California deli owner for allegedly using his picture to promote a sandwich. The Goodfellas star visited Deli Belly in El Cajon in March (14), when he posed for photographs with fans.
Sivero claims the owner used one of the snaps on his website to promote a sandwich named after his character Frankie Carbony in the 1990 film.
The deli owner has yet to respond to the suit, but has reportedly stopped using the picture, according to TMZ.com.
Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero was released from prison on Friday (13Jun14) after serving just three days behind bars for a weapons charge. The actor, famous for his mobster roles, was arrested in the lobby of an apartment complex in North Hollywood in March (14) after cops randomly searched him and found a firearm in his jacket pocket.
He was sentenced to 90 days behind bars on Wednesday (11Jun14) as part of a plea deal, but was released after three days, reports TMZ.com. He was also given three days credit for time served in March.
According to legal documents obtained by website editors, he is banned from carrying a gun for the next 36 months and has been ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for 26 weeks. He was also fined $220 (£137).
Goodfellas actor Frank Sivero is facing a possible gun possession charge after he was arrested for carrying a loaded weapon in public last week (ends21Mar14). The movie mobster was escorting a female friend out of a North Hollywood apartment building in the early hours of 17 March (14) when police officers, who happened to be in the lobby, stopped and searched him.
They found a .38 special in his jacket pocket and took him into custody.
Sivero tells TMZ.com he spent a few days behind bars before being released.