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Is dead Sonny Grosso, the cop that inspired Friedkin to 'The arm, violent act'
Goodbye to Sonny Grosso , the true New York cop who inspired the character of Buddy Russo (played by actor Roy Scheider) in the movie The arm violent of the law (1971) director William Friedkin. The ex-policeman, who at the beginning of the '70s turned into an actor and producer for television and film, thanks to Friedkin, died last Wednesday in Manhattan at the age of 89 years after a long illness.

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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