Charles "Lucky" Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) was a Sicilian-born American mobster and one of the architects of modern day organized crime in the United States.
Lucky Luciano was a Don from New York City who was deported to Sicily after World War II. He had helped American forces in their conquest of Sicily by providing intelligence that laid the groundwork for the invasion of the island. Luciano also helped Cesare Indelicato to program the liberation of Sicily. He was a friend and ally of Sicilian Don Vittorio Drago, and with Luciano's influence Vittorio's son Sammy Drago was able to gain a foothold in Florida.
Behind the scenes
- In reality, Luciano is considered the father of modern organized crime in the United States for splitting New York City into five different Mafia crime families and the establishment of the Commission. He was, along with his associate Meyer Lansky, instrumental in the development of the "National Crime Syndicate" in the United States. He was also the first official boss of the modern Genovese crime family.
- Luciano allegedly got his nick-name "Lucky" after surviving an attack by men sent by Salvatore Maranzano, after he rejected an offer to come and work for Maranzano. Following the attack Luciano was left for dead by his attackers, thinking that they had done the job, but Luciano was only just still alive, the attack left him badly scared and a droopy eyelid.
- Luciano is believed to have been one of the models for Vito Corleone and Michael Corleone as the life stories of both characters share similarities with Luciano's biography including Luciano being diagnosed with smallpox upon his arrival in the United States.
- Lucky Luciano is only mentioned in The Godfather Returns and its sequel. However, his existence in The Godfather universe would be conflicting with some of the major characters, unless his role would've differed from reality and be less significant.
Notes and references
- Newark, Tim (2010). Lucky Luciano. Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 0312601824.
- The Dudfather. Small World News Service.