‘Goodfellas’ actor suing Fox over ‘Simpsons’ character

Frank Sivero has filed a 250 million dollar (=197 million euros) lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over a character on The Simpsons. The Simpsons would soon feature a mafioso named “Louie”, who was second in command to “Fat Tony”.

Louie’s appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative of character actor Frank Sivero. Sivero is notable for playing the role as Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas in 1990. The resemblance, in Sivero’s mind, is too much. He alleges his likeness is being infringed in violation of California’s publicity rights law.

Frank Sivero is very protective of his rights, he’s suing a restaurant a few months ago over a sandwich named after his Goodfellas character.

Louie in The Simpsons

Frankie Carbone
Frankie Carbone in Goodfellas