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Larry Fay
Larry Fay

Born

1888

Died

January 1, 1933

Status

Deceased

Cause of death

Ballistic Trauma

Resting place

Unknown

Larry Fay (1888 – January 1, 1933) was one of the early rumrunners of the Prohibition Era in New York City. He made a half a million dollars bringing whiskey into New York from Canada. With his profits he bought into a taxi cab company and later opened a nightclub, the El Fay, on West 47th Street in Manhattan, featuring Texas Guinan as the emcee and a floorshow produced by Nils Granlund.

Fay, who had a record of forty-nine arrests but no felony convictions, was involved in several enterprises in the ensuing years, and was said to have amassed and lost a fortune. He was made a partner of the Casa Blanca Club, where he was shot four times after a 1932 New Year's Eve celebration by the club's doorman who had just learned his pay was being reduced by Fay to accommodate a new employee. He died the next day.

On December 15, 1960, The Untouchables (1959 TV series) during its second season did The Larry Fay Story. This episode (the 37th for the series) dealt with Larry Fay's activities in the New York City milk price-fixing case. Also, Fay's life served as the basis for James Cagney's character, Eddie Bartlett, in the 1939 gangster film, The Roaring Twenties.

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