Orson Welles once quipped that 'the classy gangster was a Hollywood invention', well if it was maybe he had not yet met Joey Gallo. Gallo was as sharp tongued as they come and he successfully charmed his way into the upper echelons of New York society. In 1958 he was summoned to Washington to testify to a select committee about organised crime, however Gallo declined to answer questions and his visit became more notable for him informing Robert F. Kennedy that he had a fine carpet in his office that would be good for a Crap (dice) game. Heralding from the mean streets of Brooklyn he became a hero to many and front page gold dust to tabloid editors, however his style was not appreciated by all and in true New York gangster style he died in under a hail of gun fire in a Little Italy eatery on the morning of his 43rd birthday. Never short of a word or two, here is my compilation of three of the best Joey Gallo quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Joseph Gallo
- Born: 7th April 1929, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
- Died: 7th April 1972, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
- Occupation: Self employed gangster
- Famous friends: Bob Dylan wrote the song 'Joey' dedicated to him
- Cause of death: Died in a hail of bullets in Umberto's Clam House in Little Italy in Manhattan
- Trivia: His story was the subject of a book and a movie called 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight'
"I respectfully decline to answer because I honestly believe my answer might tend to incriminate me"
"I could have worked my way up to head soda jerk at Whelan's Drugstore, but what kind of life is that for a guy like me?"
"Nice carpet you got here. Good for a crap game"