Ermenigildo Rizzo (May 6, 1917 – May 6, 1992), nicknamed Jilly,
was a restaurateur and entertainer. A long time friend of Frank
Sinatra, Rizzo made cameo appearances in several of his films. He
was also a frequent guest on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, where
he would recite one liners in his monotone New York accent. During
the 1970s, his night-club was torn down and replaced with Dean Martin's
Jilly Rizzo was killed by a drunk driver on his 75th birthday in
Rancho Mirage, California. He is survived by two sons, William and
Joseph, one daughter Abby and two grandchildren, Kacey and Joseph.
“I was thrilled with the book on Jilly.
A terrific job. It brought back a lot of memories, because I was
there for a lot of it. It really honestly captures what the man
was like. I love it. I’m glad you did it. Jilly was quite a guy,
and it was fun to read this. Thank you and congratulations.”
Emmy-Award winning producer
of Laugh In and Real People
"Just got my two JILLY! books. Wonderful,
or as Frank would say, maahvelous! I need three more as gifts!"
--David Farber, Margate, New Jersey--
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Meet me at Jilly's