Harlem to Hollywood: An Introduction to NYPD Det. Sonny Grosso’s Real to Reel Life

Det. Grosso offers technical advice to Hackman on French Connection set
The French Connection was awarded Best Picture to Producer D’Antoni
Det. Grosso with his beloved mother Lillian at famous Rao’s Restaurant in Harlem

Of his Hollywood experience, Sonny loves to quote Hunter Thompson who described the entertainment business as “a cruel and shallow money trench. . .where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.” To which Sonny slyly adds, “There’s also a negative side!”

And Sonny’s remarkable tale continues on in Harlem to Hollywood as he talks about never-before-published stories about, Harlem boss Tough Joey Rao, Jack Nicholson, Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Ford, Keanu Reeves, Richard Gere, Joe DiMaggio, Francis Ford Coppola, Marilyn Monroe, William Friedkin, Phil D’Antoni Gene Hackman, Telly Savalas, Marlon Brando, and the Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra.

Harlem to Hollywood, and everything in between

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Ashley Jude Collie

Ashley Jude Collie

Award-winning journalist-author-blogger for Playboy, TO Star, Movie Entertainment, HuffPost, Hello Canada & my novel REJEX (Pulp Hero Press) is on Amazon.