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Harry Grey

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Name  Harry Grey
Siblings  Hyman Goldberg
Books  Hoods
Died  October 1980
Role  Writer

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Movies  Once Upon a Time in America
Children  Harvey Grey, Simeon Grey, Beverle Grey
Similar People  Franco Arcalli, Piero De Bernardi, Franco Ferrini, Enrico Medioli, Sergio Leone

Herschel Goldberg, better known as Harry Grey (November 2, 1901 – October 1, 1980), was a Russian-American writer. His first book, The Hoods (1952), was the model for the film, Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone, where his part was played by Robert De Niro. This was one of the few autobiographies of real gangsters. It is believed that the real name of the author was Goldberg and that his memoir, partially factual, partially subconsciously altered, and partially fictional, was written when Goldberg was incarcerated in the Sing-Sing prison.

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After The Hoods, Grey published two more books, Call Me Duke (1955) and Portrait of a Mobster (1958), also based on his experience as a gangster, but these have had much less success.

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A "Golden Palm Star", part of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, was dedicated to Grey in 1999.

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Grey's real name was Herschel Goldberg. Born in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine) in 1901, son of Israel and Celia Goldberg, emigrated to the United States in 1905 and dropped out of school in the seventh grade. He was the brother of Hyman Goldberg, a syndicated columnist and food critic for the New York Post and author of several books including "Our Man in the Kitchen", a compilation of recipes from his column as "Prudence Penny".

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In 1912, Goldberg's father became seriously ill and had to be taken to hospital for an operation. During his stay in hospital, Celia began cooking meals for men in the neighborhood who were saving money to bring their families to America from Europe. When Israel came out of hospital he found that Celia had a flourishing business and Israel started a restaurant. All the children, including Harry and Hyman, helped out.

In 1932, Grey married Mildred Becker, a college graduate and had three children, Beverle, Harvey, and Simeon. After being hospitalized by an accident in his fifties, Harry decided to write about life in the twenties and thirties and the syndicates that controlled businesses in New York. To protect himself and his family he changed the family name to Grey.

Grey died in October 1980, shortly before filming of Once Upon a Time in America began.

In December 1999, Harry's son Simeon sponsored a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars for his father under the name of Harry "Noodles" Grey. Biographical details are attached to this star. Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication


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