John "Sonny" Franzese, Sr. (February 6, 1917 – February 24, 2020) was an Italian-American longtime member and underboss of the Colombo crime family. Franzese was famous as the oldest active member of the American Mafia. Franzese was an associate producer of the 2002 movie This Thing of Ours.
Mug shot of John Franzese taken after his arrest.
|Died||February 24, 2020 (aged 103)|
New York, U.S.
|Criminal status||Incarcerated at Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts|
|Parent(s)||Carmine "The Lion" Franzese and Maria Corvola|
|Conviction(s)||Bank robbery (1967), extortion (2010), parole violations|
|Criminal penalty||Imprisonment of twelve years (1967), imprisonment of eight years (2010)|
- Bureau of Narcotics, Sam Giancana Mafia: The Governments Secret File on Organized Crime.(pg. 454)
- "LAW AND ORDER; In the Can" New York Times November 3, 2002
- "Inmate Locator". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
- "John Franzese, Mafioso Who Consorted With Celebrities, Dies at 103". nytimes.com. February 24, 2020.