Nicky Santoro
Nicholas Santoro


Joe Pesci


Nicholas Santoro


The Little Guy




A representative of the Midwest mafia bosses and the childhood friend of Sam Rothstein who gradually becomes the crime kingpin of Las Vegas


High Intelligence
Master of Marksmanship and Combatant Skills
Vast Intimidation and Extortion


Beating up people or killing them either for pleasure or viewing them as a threat to his superiors


To become the undisputed crime kingpin of Las Vegas and secretly overthrow Remo Gaggi in order to take over the Midwest mafia and maintain his control by any means necessary
To prevent Sam and Gaggi amongst the Midwest mafia bosses from discovering his affair with Sam's wife Ginger McKenna
(All Failed)


Gets brutally beaten to death by Frankie Marino and his associates


Protagonist Villain
Sociopathic Crime Lord

"You know, I you've got the wrong impression about me. I think in all fairness, I should explain to you exactly what it is that I do. For instance tomorrow morning I'll get up nice and early, take a walk down over to the bank and... walk in and see and, uh... if you don't have my money for me, I'll... crack your fuckin' head wide open in front of everybody in the bank. And just about the time that I'm comin' out of jail, hopefully, you'll be coming out of your coma. And guess what? I'll split your fuckin' head open again. 'Cause I'm fuckin' stupid. I don't give a fuck about jail. That's my business. That's what I do. And you know what YOU do, don't we, Charlie? You fuck people out of money and get away with it.
~ Nicky Santoro on his methods".
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep comin’ back and back until one of you is dead"
~ Ace describing the nature of his childhood friend; Nicky Santoro

Nicky Santoro is a fictional character and the deuteragonist-turned-primary antagonist of the 1995 crime film Casino.



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