THOMAS DeSIMONE Birth: May 24, 1950 Death: Jan. 14, 1979 Mobster. DeSimone worked under mob boss Paul Vario, and was a friend and associate of Jimmy Burke and Henry Hill, of "Goodfellas" fame. He was portrayed in the movie (as Tommy DeVito) by Joe Pesci.
Jan 14 - on this day in 1979, Tommy DeSimone was reported missing and never seen again. Gangster and associate of the Lucchese crime family in New York, he killed at least 10 people - Joe Pesci's award winning performance in Goodfellas as Tommy Devito was largely based on Tommy DeSimone.