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The Fascinating Background of John Santucci

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We all remember the actor John Santucci playing the character Dale Menton in "Golden Triangle", as well as his roles in "Lombard" and "Jack of All Trades".  I just discovered that he has an interesting background:

Santucci was a jewel thief before he was hired by Michael Mann to appear in and be a technical advisor in the 1981 movie Thief (with Chuck Adamson, Dennis Farina, Willie Nelson and Tom Signorelli); Thief is notable for the extraordinary coincidences surrounding its cast, largely stemming from Mann's love of employing the right people for technical authenticity - Farina was a Chicago police officer before he became an actor and actually arrested Santucci while the latter was a jewel thief. Furthermore, the main heist in Thief, involving the use of a thermal lance to cut through a vault door, was based on a real-life robbery orchestrated by Santucci. Many of the other tools used in robberies throughout the film were also Santucci's own.

http://miamivice.wikia.com/wiki/John_Santucci

So the actor playing Al Lombard had in real life arrested the actor playing Lombard's henchman Charlie!

Sadly, Santucci returned to his life of crime and was arrested again:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-05-18/news/9605180009_1_vending-machines-burglary-tools-chicago-police-department

Some more background on the movie "Thief":

http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2010/07/thief.html

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Dadrian

This is great! I love it!! Thanks for sharing!

Post of the week! :cheers:

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Sonny-Burnett

I remember this being mentioned before in here (MVNYC's This week in Miami Vice) and I had looked it up, as Farina was a cop in my neck of the woods here in Chicago. Santucci apparently went back to his crime roots after his short lived tv/film career.  This was one bad guy that not only had the look and mannerisms, but he didn't have to fake anything when acting,

 

 

 

 

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Matt5
20 hours ago, airtommy said:

We all remember the actor John Santucci playing the character Dale Menton in "Golden Triangle", as well as his roles in "Lombard" and "Jack of All Trades".  I just discovered that he has an interesting background:

Santucci was a jewel thief before he was hired by Michael Mann to appear in and be a technical advisor in the 1981 movie Thief (with Chuck Adamson, Dennis Farina, Willie Nelson and Tom Signorelli); Thief is notable for the extraordinary coincidences surrounding its cast, largely stemming from Mann's love of employing the right people for technical authenticity - Farina was a Chicago police officer before he became an actor and actually arrested Santucci while the latter was a jewel thief. Furthermore, the main heist in Thief, involving the use of a thermal lance to cut through a vault door, was based on a real-life robbery orchestrated by Santucci. Many of the other tools used in robberies throughout the film were also Santucci's own.

http://miamivice.wikia.com/wiki/John_Santucci

So the actor playing Al Lombard had in real life arrested the actor playing Lombard's henchman Charlie!

Sadly, Santucci returned to his life of crime and was arrested again:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-05-18/news/9605180009_1_vending-machines-burglary-tools-chicago-police-department

Some more background on the movie "Thief":

http://rheaven.blogspot.com/2010/07/thief.html

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What a fantastic piece - so interesting Thankyou 

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Matt5

Sad he died so young at 63

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AzVice

they did a hell of a job on his hair in Crime Story . Sad that Farina is gone too, i think he actually knew him when he was a cop in chicago and Santucci was a criminal. Denison of course still going strong.

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Tommy Vercetti

Santucci was absolutely great. Great as Pauli Taglia in Crime Story and great as a crooked cop in Thief. He was also a technical advisor to Michael Mann on those shows. His criminal background added to the authenticity. Infact James Caan's character in Thief was largely based on Santucci.

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