Robert was the younger son of Irish mobster Mickey Spillane. Mickey, a murderer and gunman, was known as the "Gentleman Gangster" and head of the Hell's Kitchen Irish Mob in the 1960s and 1970s. Robert "Bobby" Spillane was only twelve years old when his father was gunned down in front of their house in 1977.
Robert wrote an off-Broadway play, “All Dolled Up” about a cross-dressing gangster. On television, he appeared in one episode of NYPD Blue in 1997. He also appeared in four episodes of Law & Order and in an episode of Rescue Me.
Robert Spillane died on July 10, 2010 in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. He leaned against an unsecured window screen in his apartment, falling to the sidewalk below. He was unable to catch himself because of an injury that left his arm in a sling. He was discovered by his brother, Michael.
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