Cullotta, the real-life counterpart of Santoro’s right-hand man Frank Marino (Frank Vincent), actually ran the robbery crew known as the Hole in the Wall Gang, portrayed as Nicky’s operation in the movie Casino. Santoro’s real-life counterpart, Spilotro, did not participate in the heists as Santoro is portrayed in the film, but in real life, Cullotta gave Spilotro a portion of the profits from the crew’s illegal activities (per Deadline).
In a 2015 with Uproxx, Cullotta said after moving to Las Vegas, Spilotro gave Cullotta the OK to field a crew, telling Cullotta, “Just make sure I get a percentage. I don’t want to meet your crew. I don’t want to know who they are. I will tell you what I want from them. I will never give them direct orders, they will come through you. And whenever you have money to give me, you give me directly.”
Cullotta and Spilotro grew up together and started their criminal lives together as young men in Chicago. Cullotta told Upproxx, “I became friends with Tony and we started hanging out together, robbing together and doing everything together.” But after a failed robbery attempt led to an arrest, Cullotta turned to the state’s evidence when he suspected that Spilotro had met his name. Cullotta was once in the witness protection program, but he resurfaced, serving as a consultant on Scorsese’s 1995 film, along with running a Vegas mob tour company and a YouTube channel. Cullotta died in 2020 at the age of 81 from complications related to Covid.