When you think of the mafia, you likely picture a guy in a suit that is a little t0o large for him, threatening to kill another guy. The threat is usually due to some type of financial transaction, or lack thereof. The guy doing the threatening is often accompanied by one or two men who support everything he says, either by head nods or repetition.
While this cartoon-like version of the mafia is often portrayed in the movies, there are some movie stars and celebrities who have had real-life ties to the ugly side of the mafia. This secret group in all its variations is known for taking what they want, accruing large sums of money, and "getting rid" of people who reveal mafia activity to the authorities. The mafia also have a reputation for being very secretive, and fiercely protective of one another. Mafia connections have also been the supposed source of success for some of the people you see on TV or hear on the radio on a regular basis.
These celebrities are alleged to have connections with the mafia. Of course, these allegations can't be proven, since it would put too many people in danger. But some of the associations might surprise you. Take a look at this list.
10 Steve Wynn
9 Jerry Orbach
8 James Caan
7 Debbie Reynolds
6 Elizabeth Hurley
5 Tony Bennett
4 Robert De Niro
3 Liza Minnelli
2 Marilyn Monroe
1 Frank Sinatra
The classic crooner and actor has long been associated with groups that were known for organized crime. These associations were in New York, Havana, Chicago and Miami. Frank Sinatra's uncle, Babe Garavante, was a member of the Morettis. In 1921, Garavante was convicted of murder when he drove the getaway car in an armed robbery. Frank Sinatra is also known for being the leader of The Rat Pack, a group that included legendary performers such as Sammy Davis, Jr. There have long been rumors that The Rat Pack had relationships with the mafia, as well. Sinatra denied his connections with the mafia throughout his lifetime, but it was a known fact that his own parents did business with mobsters. Frank Sinatra also spent a considerable amount of leisure time with members of the Lucky Luciano family. He was also friends with Al Capone's bodyguards.
Sources: hollywood.com, telegraph.co.uk, celebs.answers.com, dailymail.co.uk
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