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Luciano, Lucky

1896–1962

Lucky Luciano arrived in the United States at age nine and served his criminal apprenticeship in the bloody Five Points Gang. While fighting another gang, he was badly beaten and wore the scars on his face for the rest of his life. Rising through the criminal ranks, he worked closely with Al Capone and other gangsters to supply New York with illegal alcohol during Prohibition. He was arrested in 1936, but released after allegedly using his influence on the New York waterfront to help the government during World War II. He is particularly famous for the gentlemanly image that he affected: always well–dressed and classy, with spats and tailored shirts.