May 6, 1917
New York City, U.S.
May 6, 1992 (aged 75)|
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Car accident|
|Resting place||Desert Memorial Park|
|Occupation||Restauranteur 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, and was even referenced in Sinatra's adapted lyrics for Mrs. Robinson to avoid using the name "Jesus". 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 1990, 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 trapped in the burning car and perished. 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|
- Talese, Gay (April 1966). "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold". Esquire (Wikipedia describes the article here). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- "Jilly Rizzo, Close Aide To Sinatra, Killed at 75". New York Times. 1992-05-07. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
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