Sonny Grosso has died. He was a brother to— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) January 23, 2020
Me and will always live in my heart
it Was as Big as the policeman of the section of narcotics, who along with his colleague Eddie Egan (in the film, Jimmy Doyle, played by Gene Hackman), to discover, after months of patient work, a huge traffic of heroin in 1961 in New York, in an operation by the name "French Connection" as told in the book by Robin Moore, and later became the subject of the film to great success.
Born on July 21, 1930, in Dusseldorf from Italian parents, then emigrated in the Usa, Sonny Grosso (the real name was Salvatore) was a policeman in New York for 32 years and later had a second career in film and tv. He was a consultant of Friedkin, who then made him a role in the movie Cruising from 1980, appears in the role of detective Blasio, and then to the Thumb in the process. After the film about his exploits, he was a consultant for Francis Ford Coppola when he turned The Godfather (1972) and also appears in a cameo. For television Big has been a consultant of the tv series of the detective series Baretta and The lieutenant Kojak.
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