Vincent Gigante, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Vincent Gigante

American boxer, mobster

Date of Birth: 29-Mar-1928

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, United States

Date of Death: 19-Dec-2005

Profession: boxer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Vincent Gigante

  • Vincent Louis Gigante (; March 29, 1928 – December 19, 2005), also known as "The Chin", was a New York Italian-American mobster in the American Mafia who was boss of the Genovese crime family from 1981 to 2005.
  • Gigante started out as a professional boxer who fought 25 bouts between 1944 and 1947.
  • He then started working as a Mafia enforcer for what was then the Luciano crime family, forerunner of the Genovese family.
  • Gigante was one of five brothers; three of them, Mario, Pasquale, and Ralph, followed him into the Mafia.
  • Only one brother, Louis, stayed out of the crime family, instead becoming a priest.
  • Gigante was the shooter in the failed assassination of longtime Luciano boss Frank Costello in 1957.
  • After sharing a prison cell with Costello's rival, Vito Genovese, following Genovese's conviction for heroin trafficking, Gigante became a caporegime, overseeing his own crew of Genovese soldiers and associates who operated out of Greenwich Village.
  • Gigante was one of Genovese's most loyal supporters, siding with him throughout his struggle for power with Costello. Gigante quickly rose to power during the 1960s and 1970s.
  • By 1981 he became the family's boss, while Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno served as front boss during the first half of the 1980s.
  • He also ordered the failed murder attempt of Gambino crime family boss John Gotti in 1986.
  • With the arrest and conviction of Gotti and various Gambino family members in 1992, Gigante was officially recognized as the most powerful crime boss in the United States.
  • For the better part of 30 years, Gigante feigned insanity in an effort to throw law enforcement off his trail.
  • Dubbed "The Oddfather" and "The Enigma in the Bathrobe" by the press, Gigante often wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in his bathrobe and slippers, mumbling incoherently to himself.
  • He was indicted on federal racketeering charges in 1990, but was determined to be mentally unfit to stand trial.
  • In 1997 he was tried and convicted of racketeering and was given a 12-year sentence.
  • Facing new charges in 2003, he pleaded guilty and admitted that his supposed insanity was an elaborate effort to avoid prosecution.
  • He died while incarcerated in 2005 at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners.

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