Mobster's actor son in fatal fall

The son of murdered Irish mobster Mickey Spillane has fallen to his death out the window of his sixth-floor New York apartment, police and his uncle said.

Robert “Bobby” Spillane, an actor who had roles on television’s 'Rescue Me' and 'Law & Order', fell from his Midtown Manhattan apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood near Times Square yesterday, where his father – not to be confused with the pulp fiction writer of the same name – had run rackets in the 1960s and 1970s.

No foul play was suspected in Bobby Spillane’s death.

Jim McManus, Spillane’s uncle and a long-time neighbourhood power broker, called his death a “terribly sad accident”.

“He was the nicest kid in the world,” said McManus, who is a district leader of the McManus Midtown Democratic Association, a political club. “He helped everyone.”

Spillane, with an arm in a sling, had leaned on the screen of an open window to call out to his brother Michael, who was on a street below, Mr McManus said. The screen collapsed and Bobby Spillane fell.

“The screen gave out,” McManus said. “He only had one arm and he went out with the screen.”

Spillane was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Spillane’s father, known as the “gentleman gangster”, was gunned down in 1977 by the rival “Westies”, the Hell’s Kitchen Irish mob.

Bobby Spillane never moved far from his family’s roots in the old neighbourhood near the Broadway theatre district.

A few years ago he drew on the lore from his father’s time to write an Off-Broadway play called 'All Dolled Up', about a cross-dressing gangster in the 1960s.

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