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Jilly Rizzo
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TV Personality
    (May 6, 1917-May 6, 1992)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name was Ermenigildo Rizzo
    Owned Jilly's Saloon in Manhattan during the 1960s and '70s (replaced by Dean Martin's restaurant Dino's)
    Close friend and confidant of Frank Sinatra
    Appeared eight times on 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In,' reciting one liners in a monotone New York accent
    Acted in 'Tony Rome (1967),' 'The Detective (1968),' 'Contract on Cherry Street (1977),' 'Cannonball Run II (1984),' 'Year of the Dragon (1985),' 'The Pick-up Artist (1987)' and 'Eternity (1989)'
    Died when a drunk driver hit his car in Rancho Mirage, CA on his 75th birthday
    What kind of a girlie-girl nickname is Jilly?
    His name is mentioned is several live Sinatra recordings.
    Add to that he got bit parts in three Sinatra movies.
    In two of his movies he played a character named Jilly.
    In 1990 he was convicted by a New York Federal jury of participating in a fraudulent loan scheme.
    He was given 1,000 hours of community service, but no jail time as a judge deemed him too old to send to prison.
    He was so close to Sinatra, he became an unofficial member of the Rat Pack.
    His one liners on his 1970 'Laugh-In' debut were such a hit he was asked back to the show seven additional times.
    He was also a guest of 'The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra' in 1977.
    He died just after celebrating his 75th birthday.
    After his car was hit it burst into flames, burning him beyond recognition.
    Sinatra was distraught and inconsolable for weeks after his death and went into seclusion.

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