John Wojtowicz

American bank robber

John Stanley Wojtowicz (March 9, 1945 - January 2, 2006) was an American bank robber. He was born in New York City to Polish immigrants. Dog Day Afternoon is based on a robbery he did in New York City in 1972..[1] Three documentaries have been made about him. Wojtowicz died of cancer on January 2, 2006 at his mother's home in New York City.

John Stanley Joseph Wojtowicz
John Stanley Joseph Wojtowicz

(1945-03-09)March 9, 1945
New York City, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 2, 2006(2006-01-02) (aged 60)
New York City, New York, United States
Criminal statusDeceased
Spouse(s)Carmen Bifulco (divorced; 2 children), Elizabeth Debbie Eden
Conviction(s)Bank robbery
Criminal penalty20 years imprisonment, served five years.


  1. "John Wojtowicz in the Notable Names Database". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 2007-10-03.