Harry Grey

The Hoods
Herschel Goldberg, better known as Harry Grey (November 2, 1901 – October 1, 1980), was a Russian-American writer.wikipedia
38 Related Articles

Once Upon a Time in America

C'era Una Volta In America
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.
The film is an Italian–American venture produced by The Ladd Company, Embassy International Pictures, PSO Enterprises, and Rafran Cinematografica, and distributed by Warner Bros. Based on Harry Grey's novel The Hoods, it chronicles the lives of best friends David "Noodles" Aaronson and Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz as they lead a group of Jewish ghetto youths who rise to prominence as Jewish gangsters in New York City's world of organized crime.

Sergio Leone

LeoneBob RobertsonLeonesque
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.
He devoted ten years to this project, based on the novel The Hoods by former mobster Harry Grey, which focused on a quartet of New York City Jewish gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s who had been friends since childhood.

David "Noodles" Aaronson

Noodles
* David "Noodles" Aaronson – a character in The Hoods.
David "Noodles" Aaronson is a fictional character who is the protagonist of the 1952 novel The Hoods by Harry Grey, and of the book's 1984 film adaptation, Once Upon a Time in America, where he was portrayed by Robert De Niro.

Robert De Niro

Robert DeNiroDe NiroDeNiro
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.

Sing Sing

Sing Sing PrisonSing Sing Correctional FacilitySing-Sing
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.

Palm Springs Walk of Stars

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

Manhattan

Once Upon a Time in the West

C'era una volta il West1968 western film of the same namemovie
He had come across the novel The Hoods by the pseudonymous "Harry Grey", an autobiographical book based on the author's own experiences as a Jewish hood during Prohibition, and planned to adapt it into a film (this would eventually, seventeen years later, become his final film, Once Upon a Time in America).

Norman Mailer

MailerThe Prisoner of SexMailer, Norman
In 1976, Mailer went to Italy for several weeks to collaborate with Italian spaghetti western film-maker Sergio Leone on an adaptation of the Harry Grey novel, The Hoods.

The Man from Music Mountain (1943 film)

The Man from Music MountainThe Man from Music Mountain'' (1943 film)