Mickey Cohen, 1930s-1960s Los Angeles gangster, looking a tad beat up.

Mickey Cohen, 1930s-1960s Los Angeles gangster, looking a tad beat up.

Mobster Mickey Cohen with his bulletproof Cadillac,1950. Oddly enough, he didn't need the bulletproofing.  Mickey did not die in the usual Italian restaurant, barber chair, at the steering wheel of the Caddie or up the river.  Died in 1976 at 63 of natural causes.

Mobster Mickey Cohen with his bulletproof Cadillac,1950. Oddly enough, he didn't need the bulletproofing. Mickey did not die in the usual Italian restaurant, barber chair, at the steering wheel of the Caddie or up the river. Died in 1976 at 63 of natural causes.

Not originally published in LIFE. Mickey Cohen, 1949.

The TIME Vault: May 3, 1948

Not originally published in LIFE. Mickey Cohen, 1949.

Michael "Mickey" Cohen was born September 4, 1913 in Brownsville, New York. Cohen first came into contact with the mafia world in Chicago when he met Al Capone. In 1947, "Bugsy" Siegal was assassinated and Cohen became a west coast mafia boss. In addition to traditional mafia business, Cohen took advantage of the movie business, at one time blackmailing Lana Turner.

Michael "Mickey" Cohen was born September 4, 1913 in Brownsville, New York. Cohen first came into contact with the mafia world in Chicago when he met Al Capone. In 1947, "Bugsy" Siegal was assassinated and Cohen became a west coast mafia boss. In addition to traditional mafia business, Cohen took advantage of the movie business, at one time blackmailing Lana Turner.

8800 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Building owned by Mickey Cohen in 1944. Today houses a liquor store and infamous Viper Room nightclub.

8800 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Building owned by Mickey Cohen in 1944. Today houses a liquor store and infamous Viper Room nightclub.

Mickey Cohen (September 4, 1913 – July 29, 1976) was a gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia, and also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s.

Mickey Cohen (September 4, 1913 – July 29, 1976) was a gangster based in Los Angeles and part of the Jewish Mafia, and also had strong ties to the American Mafia from the 1930s through 1960s.

Mickey Cohen observes the affects of a bombing plot to kill him in his brentwood home. February 1950.

Mickey Cohen observes the affects of a bombing plot to kill him in his brentwood home. February 1950.

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