May 6, 1917
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 6, 1992
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Desert Memorial Park|
|Occupation||Restaurateur and entertainer|
Ermenigildo "Jilly" Rizzo (May 6, 1917 – May 6, 1992) was an American restaurateur and entertainer.
As a young man, Rizzo worked with his father delivering Italian ice to cafes. Rizzo opened Jilly's Saloon, a lounge on West 49th Street, then moved to 256 West 52nd Street at the intersection with Eighth Avenue 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.
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. He is buried in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.
|1962||The Manchurian Candidate||Jilly||Uncredited|
|1967||Tony Rome||Card player||Uncredited|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Jilly|
|1985||Year of the Dragon||Schiro|
|1987||The Pick-up Artist||Casino Floor Manager|
|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|
- "Jilly Rizzo, Close Aide To Sinatra, Killed at 75". New York Times. 1992-05-07. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
- Jilly Rizzo at Find a Grave
- Jilly Rizzo at the Internet Movie Database
- "Jilly! Sinatra's Right-Hand Man Biography written by Scott Allen Nollen"
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