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Name: Joe Pistone  
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Date of Birth: 17th September 1982
Place of Birth: Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
Profession: Actor
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Donnie Brasco (L) and Sonny Black Napolitano (R) in Florida (FBI photograph)

Joseph D. Pistone (born 1939), alias Donnie Brasco, was an FBI agent who worked undercover for years to infiltrate the Bonanno family, a branch of the Mafia in New York City. He was tutored in the way of the Mafia by Bonanno mobster Benjamin Ruggiero. The evidence collected by Pistone led to over 200 indictments and over 100 convictions.

Following his extraction from the mafia, Pistone entered the Witness Protection Program and assumed a new identity. An open contract for $500,000 remains for his death. Bonanno boss Joe Massino was convicted in 2004 of ordering capo Sonny Black Napolitano killed for allowing Brasco into the family.

Pistone detailed his undercover experience in his 1987 book Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia. He revisited his experiences as Donnie Brasco in his 2004 book The Way of the Wiseguy.

Donnie Brasco is also the name of a 1997 film starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, based on his book.

Pistone continues to be active as an author and consultant to law-enforcement agencies worldwide.

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