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The Life and Career of Richie Roberts Practicing Criminal Defense Attorney and Inspiration for the Movie "American Gangster"

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Sound familiar? You might recognize the name Richie Roberts from the blockbuster hit American Gangster. The film stars Russell Crowe (as Roberts) and Denzel Washington (as Frank Lucas).

Today, with his dangerous days behind him, Roberts leads a casual life as a practicing criminal defense attorney in West Caldwell, NJ. But make no mistake about it, Roberts is still a hard-nosed Jew from the Bronx who can take on the best of 'em...and yes, he's just as cool now as he was in his heyday of the 1960s and 1970s.

Roberts was raised by his grandparents in the Bronx until he moved to Newark with his parents when he was eight years old. He attended Weequahic High School, where he was a star football and baseball player.

Roberts joined the Marine Corps after high school and served in the reserves for six years at Parris Island.

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