HBO’s new drama The Deuce features James Franco as twin brothers, Vincent and Frankie Martino. They’re living in New York City’s Times Square in the early 1970s when approached by the Mob to work as fronts. (Frankie works as a bartender.) The mobster who sees potential in Vincent is Rudy Pipilo, a Gambino family capo who oversees the family’s financial interest in the sex industry — which is booming.
Rudy Pipilo is portrayed by Michael Rispoli. He’s known for his roles on Feed the Beast (Det. Guy Giordano), Madoff (Frank DiPascali), Magic City (Bel Jaffe), and The Sopranos (Jackie Aprile), among others. Rispoli is also recognized for his roles in the action films Pain & Gain (Frank Griga), Kick-Ass (Big Joe), and The Taking of Pelham 123 (John Johnson). The Deuce airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.