13 Facts About Angelo Bruno


Angelo Bruno was the son of a foundry worker who opened a small grocery store at 4341 North Sixth Street in Feltonville, Philadelphia.


Angelo Bruno helped his father at the store until 1922, at the age of twelve when he first entered school but attended for only a few years before dropping out of South Philadelphia High School to open his own grocery store at Eighth and Annin streets in Passyunk Square, Philadelphia.


Angelo Bruno was a close associate of New York Gambino crime family boss Carlo Gambino.


Angelo Bruno dropped the name Annaloro and replaced it with his paternal grandmother's maiden name, Angelo Bruno.


Angelo Bruno was married to Assunta "Sue" Angelo Bruno, his childhood sweetheart, from 1931 until his death.


Angelo Bruno owned an extermination company in Trenton, New Jersey, an aluminum products company in Hialeah, Florida, and a share in the Plaza Hotel in Havana, Cuba.


In 1959, Angelo Bruno succeeded Joseph Ida as boss of the Philadelphia family.

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Angelo Bruno himself avoided lengthy prison terms despite several arrests; his longest term was two years for refusing to testify before a grand jury.


Angelo Bruno forbade family involvement in narcotics trafficking, preferring more traditional Cosa Nostra operations, such as bookmaking and loansharking.


However, Angelo Bruno did permit other gangs to distribute heroin in Philadelphia for a share of the proceeds.


Angelo Bruno preferred to operate through bribery and soft power rather than murder.


On March 21,1980, the 69-year-old Angelo Bruno was killed by a shotgun blast to the head as he sat in his car in front of his home near the intersection of 10th Street and Snyder Avenue in the Lower Moyamensing neighborhood of South Philadelphia; his driver, John Stanfa, was wounded.


Angelo Bruno is portrayed by Chazz Palminteri in the film Legend and Harvey Keitel in the film The Irishman.