Jilly Rizzo

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Jilly Rizzo
Jilly Rizzo.jpg
Born Ermenigildo Rizzo
(1917-05-06)May 6, 1917
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died May 6, 1992(1992-05-06) (aged 75)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Car accident
Resting place
Desert Memorial Park
Nationality American
Occupation Restaurateur and entertainer
Children 3

Ermenigildo "Jilly" Rizzo (May 6, 1917 – May 6, 1992) was an American restaurateur and entertainer.

Career[edit]

As a young man, Rizzo worked with his father delivering Italian ice to cafes. Rizzo opened Jilly's Saloon, a lounge on West Forty-ninth street, then moved to 256 West 52nd Street in Manhattan. Jilly's Saloon was a popular celebrity hangout in the 1960s. Rizzo's long-time friend Frank Sinatra frequented the lounge. Rizzo later became one of Sinatra's chief aides. Rizzo was also a frequent guest on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, where he would recite one liners in his monotone New York accent.

In 1992, Rizzo and five other men were convicted of fraud in relation to an $8 million loan scheme. He was given 1,000 hours of community service.[1]

Death[edit]

On May 6, 1992, his 75th birthday, Rizzo was killed when his car was hit by a drunk driver in Rancho Mirage, California. He was survived by a daughter, two sons and two grandchildren.[1] He is buried in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes|-
1962 The Manchurian Candidate Jilly Uncredited
1967 Tony Rome Card player Uncredited
1968 The Detective Bartender Uncredited
1984 Cannonball Run II Jilly
1985 Year of the Dragon Schiro
1987 The Pick-up Artist Casino Floor Manager
1990 Eternity Jilly
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1970–1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Himself 8 episodes
1977 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra Himself Television special
1974–1978 Kojak Various roles 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jilly Rizzo, Close Aide To Sinatra, Killed at 75". New York Times. 1992-05-07. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  2. ^ Jilly Rizzo at Find a Grave

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