Mobsters rarely go by their real names. They are, after all, wanted criminals. Their actions (and infamy) often spawn nicknames that are both comical and menacing. How much do you know about mobster nicknames?
Do you know what's good for you? Know who's boss? "Joe the Boss" is boss, that's who.
John Dillinger was quick to escape police pursuers. His escapades earned him the nickname "Jackrabbit."
Capone was attacked at a nightclub and wound up with prominent facial scars. That, in turn, led to his common nickname, Scarface.
Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti was the man who enforced Al Capone's brutal and sometimes psychotic acts of violence. He eventually became boss himself.
George Moran was best known as simply "Bugs." Several men in his gang were murdered as part of the famous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago.
He wasn't Bloody Berty, but his hands were definitely covered in red. Anastasia was a hardened killer and eventually became a crime boss.
Anastasia's legendary ruthlessness served him well both as a hit-man and also a crime boss. The Mad Hatter was later in control of the Gambino crime family.
Coll was known as "Mad Dog." He was infamous for accidentally shooting a 5-year-old in New York City.
After Coll accidentally killed a child, New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker called him a "Mad Dog." Coll was murdered at the tender age of 23.
As a child, O'Banion supposedly was hurt by a streetcar that permanently damaged his leg. Some people called him "Gimpy," but most probably didn't say it to his face.
Gallo wasn't known as "Joe the Pole." He was a loose cannon in the New York crime scene and wound up murdered in the early 1970s.
Siegel gained tremendous notoriety as "Bugsy" Siegel. He had a well-known propensity for extreme violence.
Vincent Gigante was often called "The Chin." The nickname came from the way his mother said his name, Vincenzo.
"Hymie" was a Chicago gangster with a mean streak. He earned the respect of even Al Capone.
George "Baby Face" Nelson was short and had childlike looks that belied his penchant for bank robbery. He was an associate of John Dillinger.
Giancana was best known as "Mooney Sam." He was a violent boss in the Chicago Outfit from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s.
He was never Hambone Sam. But his associates often called him "Sam the Cigar," "Momo" or simply "Sammy."
Bruno was different than most gangsters in that he liked diplomacy to bloodletting. He was called "The Gentle Don." He was killed by a shot to the head.
Charles Floyd gained fame for robbing banks in the early 20th century. The press called him "Pretty Boy," a moniker that he truly hated.
Vito Genovese was one of the most powerful men ever in organized crime. He was known as "Don Vito."
Hill didn't have any famous nicknames. His life story was told in the movie "Goodfellas," and his character was played by Ray Liotta.
Ciro Terranova gained local fame by reselling artichokes at incredible profits, in part because people were too scared to turn down his huge markup on the product. He was the "Artichoke King."
Michael DiLeonardo is known as "Mickey Scars," because of scars he received during a dog attack. He sold out dozens of other gangsters and is in a witness protection program.
"Little Nicky" was infamous as a crime boss in Philadelphia. He'd kill people for absolutely any perceived slight.
George Barnes became known as "Machine Gun Kelly" because he loved his Thompson machine gun. Kelly was famous mostly because he kidnapped a wealthy businessman named Charles Urschel.
Actor Joe Pesci played Tommy DeVito, who was based on Thomas DeSimone, or "Two-Gun Tommy." He was also known as "Tommy D."
Corallo was exceptionally good at ducking law enforcement. The name "Tony Ducks" stuck.
He got his nickname early in his criminal career when he'd give a bit of money back to the truck drivers he robbed. But "Jimmy the Gent" was also a hardcore murderer.
"Mickey" Cohen was a big part of the Cohen crime family in Los Angeles. He also worked in Chicago and ran with some of Al Capone's minions.
Roselli, who was part of the Chicago Outfit band of mobsters, was known as "Handsome Johnny."