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List of Famous Gangsters

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This list of famous gangsters includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top gangsters in the world? This includes the most prominent gangsters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable gangsters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic gangsters were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries - ranging from American gangsters to notorious gangsters from Italy and elsewhere - but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned gangsters.

No famous mobster names list would be complete without the likes of Reginald Kray, Al Capone, and others. From black gangsters to gangsters of other races, the most famous mobsters are known for their less than legal lifestyles and nefarious ways.

From well known gangsters to the most notorious gangsters of today, these are easily the biggest names in the world of gangster, mafia, and mobster crime. Who are the most famous gangsters ever? What are the names of famous gangsters? Take a look below - you might even come across a few female gangsters!


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    Al Capone
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    Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition era. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33 years old. Born in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City to Italian immigrants, Capone was a Five Points Gang member who became a bouncer in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1899-1947)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Gangster, Mafioso, Racketeering
    • Credits: The Diary of a Slumlord
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    John Gotti
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    John Joseph Gotti, Jr. was an American mobster who became the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an early age. Operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, Gotti quickly rose to prominence, becoming one ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1940-2002)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Mafioso
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    Machine Gun Kelly
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    George Francis Barnes Jr., better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an Irish American gangster during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most infamous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1900-1954)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster
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    Charles Dean O'Banion was an Irish-American mobster who was the main rival of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone during the brutal Chicago bootlegging wars of the 1920s. The newspapers of his day made him better known as Dion O'Banion, although he never went by that first name. He led the North Side Gang until ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1892-1924)
    • Birthplace: Maroa, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster, Racketeering, Rum-running
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    Bugsy Siegel
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    Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a Jewish American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page-celebrity gangsters. He was also a driving force behind the development of the Las Vegas ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1906-1947)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, Williamsburg, New York
    • Profession: Gangster
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    Meyer Lansky
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    Meyer Lansky, known as the "Mob's Accountant", was a major organized crime figure who, along with his associate Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the "National Crime Syndicate" in the United States. Lansky developed a gambling empire which stretched across the world. He was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1902-1982)
    • Birthplace: Grodno, Belarus
    • Profession: Gangster
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    Sam Giancana
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    Salvatore "Mooney Sam" Giancana, better known as Sam Giancana, was an American mobster and mob boss of the Chicago Outfit from 1957–1966. Among his other nicknames were, "Momo", "Sam the Cigar," and "Sammy."more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1908-1975)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster, Businessperson, Mafioso, Racketeering, Boss
    • Credits: Peep Show
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    Henry Hill
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    Henry Hill, Jr. was a New York City mobster. Between 1955 and 1980, Hill was associated with the Lucchese crime family. In 1980 Hill became an FBI informant and his testimony helped secure fifty convictions, including that of mob capo Paul Vario and James Burke on multiple charges. Hill's life story was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1943-2012)
    • Birthplace: Brownsville, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Mafioso
    • Credits: Howard Stern on Demand
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    Whitey Bulger
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    James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. is an American convicted murderer and former organized crime figure. Based on grand jury testimony from Kevin Weeks's former associates, U.S. prosecutors indicted Bulger for 19 murders. Bulger is the brother of former President of the Massachusetts Senate Billy ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
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    Joseph Colombo
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    Joseph Anthony "Joe" Colombo, Sr. was the boss of the Colombo crime family, one of the "Five Families" of the Cosa Nostra in New York.more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1914-1978)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Gangster, Businessperson, Mafioso, Racketeering, Boss
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    Carlo Gambino
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    Carlo Gambino was an Italian-born American gangster, notable for being boss of the Gambino crime family, which is still named after him. After the 1957 Apalachin Convention he unexpectedly seized control of the Commission of the American Mafia. Gambino was known for being low-key and secretive. In 1937 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1902-1976)
    • Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
    • Profession: Gangster, Businessperson, Mafioso, Racketeering, Boss
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    James Timothy Burke was a Major League Baseball third baseman with the Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Stockings, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals. Burke was the regular third baseman for the Cardinals from 1903 to 1905. He was named player-manager in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1874-1942)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player
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    Anthony Spilotro
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    Anthony John Spilotro, nicknamed The Ant, was an American mobster and enforcer for the Chicago Outfit in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 1970s and 1980s. His job was to protect and oversee the Outfit's illegal casino profits. Spilotro replaced Outfit member Marshall Caifano in Las Vegas.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1938-1986)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Mafioso
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    Vito Genovese
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    Vito "Don Vito" Genovese was an Italian-born American mobster and crime boss who rose to power in America during the Castellammarese War to later become leader of the Genovese crime family. Genovese served as mentor to the future boss of the Genovese crime family Vincent "Chin" Gigante. He was known as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1897-1969)
    • Birthplace: Tufino, Italy
    • Profession: Gangster, Mafioso, Racketeering, Rum-running, Boss
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    One of the Kray Twinsmore

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1933-2000)
    • Birthplace: Hoxton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Gangster
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    James Colosimo
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    James "Big Jim" Colosimo, also known as "Diamond Jim" was an Italian-American Mafia crime boss who built a criminal empire in Chicago based on prostitution, gambling, and racketeering. Immigrating from Calabria, Italy in 1895, he gained power through petty crime and by heading of a chain of brothels.more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1878-1920)
    • Birthplace: Colosimi, Italy
    • Profession: Gangster, Businessperson, Mafioso, Racketeering, Boss
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    Albert Anastasia
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    Albert Anastasia was one of the most ruthless and feared Cosa Nostra mobsters in United States history. A founder of the American Mafia, Anastasia ran Murder, Inc. during the prewar era and was boss of the modern Gambino crime family during most of the 1950s.more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1902-1957)
    • Birthplace: Tropea, Italy
    • Profession: Gangster, Mafioso
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    Ronnie Biggs
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    Ronald Arthur "Ronnie" Biggs was an English thief, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, for his escape from prison in 1965, for living as a fugitive for 36 years and for his various publicity stunts while in exile. In 2001, he returned to the United Kingdom and spent several years in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1929-2013)
    • Birthplace: Stockwell, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Carpenter, Actor
    • Credits: Prisoner of Rio
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    Paul Vario

    Paul Vario
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    Paul Vario was a caporegime, a made man in the American Mafia. A fictional character based on Vario was featured in the film Goodfellas.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1914-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Mafioso
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