Mickey Cohen
American criminal
Mickey Cohen
Meyer Harris "Mickey" Cohen was a gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia, and also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s.
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'Avatar' Star Zoe Saldana Moves Towards 'Dominion' - MTV.com (blog)
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Add another top level talent to the list, boys and girls: Nick Nolte is joining "Gangster Squad," Ruben Fleischer's 1940s drama about a squad of cops aiming to put an end to drug kingpin Mickey Cohen's criminal reign over Los Angeles
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Nick Nolte Joins 'Gangster Squad'; Sienna Guillory In 'Resident Evil 5'? - Screen Rant
Google News - over 5 years
Deadline has confirmed that Nolte is signed on for Gangster Squad, a high-profile drama based on the true story of the LAPD's attempt to take down “Jewish Mafia” head Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) during the 1940s. Nolte will portray Bill Parker,
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Emma Stone on 'Sesame Street' -- First Pic! - Just Jared Jr.
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In other Emma news, she just joined the Gangster Squad cast as Jean, a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle with Ryan Gosling's character and Sean Penn, who portrays famed mobster Mickey Cohen, Variety reports. The true story chronicles the
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Blige surprised at Cruise vocals - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Upcoming, a Thai boxing movie Only God Forgives, the crime drama The Place Beyond The Pines, and a chance to act opposite Sean Penn in Gangster Squad, in which Penn plays legendary '40s gangster Mickey Cohen. "We're in pre-production now," says Ruben
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Sullivan Stapleton May Play A Part In Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad - Cinema Blend
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In addition to Gosling, the film stars Sean Penn, as renowned gangster Mickey Cohen, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Enos Marries, and more. The more I hear about this cast the more
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'The Killing' Star Joins 'Gangster Squad' as Josh Brolin's Wife - Hollywood Reporter
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Brolin is starring as John O'Mara, one of the few cops not on the payroll of gangster Mickey Cohen, being portrayed by Sean Penn. Ryan Gosling, meanwhile, will play Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a good cop who loves the bachelor life. ... - -
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Dawson and Cassel for 'Trance,' Stone Joins 'Gangster Squad' and 'Mission ... - RopeofSilicon.com
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The casting will also reteam her with her Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Ryan Gosling as she will play play Jean, a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle with Gosling's character and Sean Penn, who portrays mobster Mickey Cohen in the film based
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Stone offered lead female role in Gangster Squad - Vancouver Sun
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LOS ANGELES — Emma Stone has been offer the role of Jean, a woman romantically attached to two men: the gangster Mickey Cohen and the police officer who is chasing him down by Warner Bros
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Casting : Mazello, Bateman, Stone, Martini, Nolte - Moviehole
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The “Amazing Spider-Man” actress would play ” Jean, a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle with [Ryan] Gosling's character and Sean Penn, who portrays famed mobster Mickey Cohen.” (More…) Jason Bateman will reunite with “Dodgeball” helmer
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CCI | 30 Minutes Or Less Panel - Comic Book Resources
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“It's the story of Mickey Cohen who is a Jewish gangster in LA who Sean Penn is going to be playing, and Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling leads this team of cops that bring him down. That's what my focus will be for the next year and we'll see where
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July 25, 1986: Needle exchange considered - San Francisco Chronicle
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July 29: Ex-mobster, ex-bookie, Mickey Cohen exchanged Los Angeles smog and his silk shirts yesterday for the fog of San Francisco Bay and the blue denim of an Alcatraz convict. The little ex-gangster who sometimes posed as a florist was sentenced
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'Lights Out' Star Holt McCallany Will Protect Sean Penn In 'Gangster Squad' - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Sean Penn's Mickey Cohen will now have a bodyguard and enforcer in McCallany, who joins a roster of fantastic actors. Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Bryan Cranston, Michael Peña and Giovanni Ribisi all star in the high profile true crime ... -
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Giovanni Ribisi Joins 'Gangster Squad' - Ology
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The biopic of Brooklynite mobster Mickey Cohen, sent to Los Angeles by kingpin Meyer Lansky (fictionalized in The Godfather) to keep an eye on wild Bugsy Siegel, is up one pasty white dude. Giovanni Ribisi has just signed on to play a policeman named ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mickey Cohen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1976
    Age 62
    Cohen, who was 62, died in his sleep in 1976 and is interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1972
    Age 58
    In 1972, Cohen was released from the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where he had spoken out against prison abuse.
    More Details Hide Details He had been misdiagnosed with an ulcer, which turned out to be stomach cancer. After undergoing surgery, he continued touring the U.S. and made television appearances, once with Ramsey Clark.
  • FORTIES
  • 1961
    Age 47
    In 1961, Cohen was again convicted of tax evasion and sent to Alcatraz.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only prisoner ever bailed out of Alcatraz; his bond was signed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. After his appeals failed, Cohen was sent to a federal prison in Atlanta, Georgia. His heavily armored Cadillac from this period was confiscated by the Los Angeles Police Department and is now on display at the Southward Car Museum in New Zealand. During his time at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, inmate Burl Estes McDonald attempted to kill Cohen with a lead pipe. This happened on August 14, 1963.
  • 1957
    Age 43
    In 1957, TIME magazine wrote a brief article about Cohen's meeting with Billy Graham.
    More Details Hide Details Cohen said, "I am very high on the Christian way of life. Billy came up, and before we had food he said—What do you call it. that thing they say before food? Grace? Yeah, grace. Then we talked a lot about Christianity and stuff." Allegedly when Mickey did not change his lifestyle, he was confronted by some Christian acquaintances. His response: "Christian football players, Christian cowboys, Christian politicians; why not a Christian gangster?"
  • 1955
    Age 41
    When he was released in October 1955, he became an international celebrity.
    More Details Hide Details He ran floral shops, paint stores, nightclubs, casinos, gas stations, a men's haberdashery, and even drove an ice cream van on San Vicente Boulevard in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, according to author Richard Lamparski.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1951
    Age 37
    As a result of this investigation, Cohen was convicted of tax evasion in June 1951 and sentenced to prison for four years.
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  • 1950
    Age 36
    In 1950, Cohen was investigated along with numerous other underworld figures by a U.S. Senate committee known as the Kefauver Commission.
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  • 1947
    Age 33
    In 1947, the crime families ordered the murder of Siegel due to his mismanagement of the Flamingo Hotel, most likely because Siegel or his girlfriend Virginia Hill were skimming money.
    More Details Hide Details According to one account which does not appear in newspapers, Cohen reacted violently to Siegel's murder. Entering the Hotel Roosevelt, where he believed the killers were staying, Cohen fired rounds from his two .45 caliber semi-automatic handguns into the lobby ceiling and demanded that the assassins meet him outside in 10 minutes. However, no one appeared, and Cohen was forced to flee when the police arrived. Cohen's violent methods came to the attention of state and federal authorities investigating Jack Dragna's operations. During this time, Cohen faced many attempts on his life, including the bombing of his home on posh Moreno Avenue in Brentwood. Cohen soon converted his house into a fortress, installing floodlights, alarm systems, and a well-equipped arsenal kept, as he often joked, next to his 200 tailor-made suits. Cohen briefly hired bodyguard Johnny Stompanato before Stompanato was killed by Cheryl Crane, the daughter of actress Lana Turner. Cohen bought a cheap coffin for Stompanato's funeral and then gave Turner's love letters to Stompanato to the press.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 25
    In 1939, Cohen arrived in Los Angeles to work under "Bugsy" Siegel.
    More Details Hide Details During their association, Mickey helped set up the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and ran its sports book operation. He also was instrumental in setting up the race wire, which was essential to Vegas betting.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1933
    Age 19
    His last fight was on May 14, 1933, against Baby Arizmendi in Tijuana, Mexico.
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    On April 11, 1933, Cohen fought against Chalky Wright in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Wright won the match, and Mickey was incorrectly identified as "Mickey Cohen from Denver, Colorado" in the Los Angeles Times sports page report.
  • 1931
    Age 17
    On June 12, 1931, Cohen fought and lost a match against World Featherweight Champion Tommy Paul, having been knocked out cold after 2:20 into the first round.
    More Details Hide Details It was during this round he earned the moniker "Gangster Mickey Cohen". In Cleveland, Cohen met Lou Rothkopf, an associate of Moe Dalitz's. Cohen later moved to New York, where he became an associate of labor racketeer Johnny Dio's brother, Tommy Dioguardi, and with Owney Madden. Finally, Cohen went to Chicago, where he ran a gambling operation for the Chicago Outfit, Al Capone's powerful criminal organization. During Prohibition, Cohen moved to Chicago and became involved in organized crime, working as an enforcer for the Chicago Outfit, where he briefly met Al Capone. During this period Cohen was arrested for his role in the deaths of several gangsters in a card game that went wrong. After a brief time in prison, Cohen was released and began running card games and other illegal gambling operations. He later became an associate of Capone's younger brother, Mattie Capone. While working for Jake Guzik, Cohen was forced to flee Chicago after an argument with a rival gambler.
  • 1930
    Age 16
    His first professional boxing match was on April 8, 1930, against Patsy Farr in Cleveland.
    More Details Hide Details It was one of the preliminary fights on the card for the Paul Pirrone/Jimmy Goodrich feature bout.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Age 0
    His mother Fanny, who had become widowed in September 1914, had emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine.
    More Details Hide Details At age 6, Mickey was selling newspapers on the street; one of his brothers, Louie or Harry, would drop him off at his regular corner, Soho and Brooklyn Streets. Soon, however, Fanny moved her family to the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. In 1922, petty crime landed Mickey in reform school there. As a teenager, Cohen began boxing in illegal prizefights in Los Angeles. In 1929, the 15-year-old moved from Los Angeles to Cleveland, Ohio, to train as a professional boxer.
  • 1913
    Born
    Mickey Cohen was born on September 4, 1913, into an Orthodox Jewish family living in the Jewish Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
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