The Power Passes To Luciano (The Gangster Chronicles)

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In this scene from “The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story,” the underworld empire of the dead, Arnold Rothstein is taken over by Charlie Luciano (Michael Nouri), and Michael Lasker (Brian Benben), and Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Joe Penny). After the killing of Arnold Rothstein, the three friends inherited the powerful empire and seat of A.R.
Directed by Richard C. Sarafian; Written by Richard Alan Simmons

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On the Lower East Side, as a wild teenager before joining Masseria’s gang, Luciano cemented alliances with Jewish gangsters that would endure for a lifetime. Charlie Lucky’s closest Jewish criminal companions were the shrewd Meyer Lansky and Lansky’s volatile colleague, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. -Selwyn Raab

The series The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story (1981) starred Michael Nouri as Charlie “Lucky” Luciano, Joe Penny as Benny ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, and Brian Benben as Michael Lasker (the name given to the Meyer Lansky-based-character due to legal reasons).
Luciano (the organizer), Siegel (the muscle), and Lasker (the brains) were childhood
friends who joined forces during the prohibition era and became major bootleggers. As the series dramatizes their rise to power, it contrasts their personal lives: Luciano cultivated a mistress; Siegel becomes a womanizer; Lasker, a devoted family man. As with the Godfather movies, their personal lives were also explored. The Gangster Chronicles combined action and drama with a portrait of the crime figures as real people, not just two-dimensional caricatures or miscreants-but products of their environment. The show/series presents a revealing, dramatic look at the roots of certain aspects of American history with accuracy. It is based on ten years of research by Emmy-winning writer Richard Alan Simmons.

(Rothstein) tutored a crop of future Jewish and Italian underworld stars, including Lansky and Luciano. On the night of November 4, 1928, he was found staggering on a sidewalk in Midtown Manhattan, shot in the stomach. Rothstein survived two days but, true to his own code of omertà, refused to identify the shooter or the motive. “I’m not talking to you,” a detective quoted him as saying from his hospital deathbed. “You stick to your trade. I’ll stick to mine.” He was dead at age forty-six. -Selwyn Raab

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Written by Emmy Award-winner Richard Alan Simmons, “The Gangster Chronicles” is the result of countless hours of original research, with the assistance of Ralph Salerno, the world’s leading authority on organized crime to the present day. According to Simmons and Salerno, the series will not glorify crime, but rather will “expose the sociological roots of crime and deal with human beings for whatever reasons became what they were – and the relationships between the police, politicians, and criminals – the trial that spawned the so-called organized crime.

Michael Nouri (b. 1945) is an American screen and stage actor. He is best known for his television roles, including Dr. Neil Roberts on The O.C., Phil Grey on Damages, Caleb Cortlandt on All My Children, Eli David in NCIS, and Charlie Luciano on The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story, and Bob Schwartz on Yellowstone. He is also known for his starring roles in Flashdance (1983) and The Hidden (1987). He has appeared in several Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including the original production of Victor/Victoria. He is a Saturn Award and Daytime Emmy nominee.

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Joe Penny (b.1956) is an English-born American actor best known for his roles as Nick Ryder on the detective series Riptide from 1984 to 1986, as Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel in The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story, and as Jake Styles in the CBS television series Jake and the Fatman from 1987 to 1992.

Brian Benben (b.1956) is an American actor, best known for his role as Martin Tupper in the HBO comedy television series Dream On (1990–1996), as Michael Lasker on The Gangster Chronicles: An American Story, and also known as Sheldon Wallace on ABC medical drama Private Practice (2008–2013).

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