Sonny Grosso

  • Died: January 22, 2020
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Sonny Grosso

New York detective inspired Oscar-winning film "The French Connection"

Sonny Grosso was a New York City detective whose take down of a major heroin trafficking ring was the basis for the acclaimed 1971 film "The French Connection." For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

We will all miss you around New England Mr. G. I will personally have a shot of Bailey's for you on St. Patrick's Day ! God Bless !. And look over your Lady ! She needs you to !!!! Much Love Keith G.

Posted by Keith Goldstein - Norwalk, CT - friend   March 11, 2020

I met Sonny in 2003, during my first ever visit to New York City. I was alone in his office and he came in and shut the lights out so I could appreciate the skyline. He called me weeks later and encouraged me to write. He was so kind. I was just a nobody from a small town in NH, but Sonny treated me like a princess. I wish he was still here so I could tell him Infinally wrote the book he wanted me to write years ago. Rest In Peace, Sonny!

Posted by Andrea LaRochelle - Tampa, FL - friend   March 06, 2020

May peace and comfort the Gross family surround during this most difficult as you hold tightly to God's strong hands.

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2020

Extending my deepest sympathy to the Grosso family what a dedicated and hard working man may you be comforted in knowing that those who passed in death God keeps in his memory

Posted by A friend   January 27, 2020

My sincere condolences to Sonny's family and friends. As you comfort each other know that God is there to comfort all of you.

Posted by A friend   January 27, 2020

Thank you for your inspiring life. May mercy and compassion be with the family.

Posted by Nette    January 27, 2020

Sorry for the sad news of the loss to the Grosso family. May God comfort your broken hearts in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 26, 2020

My heart wept when I heard about Sonny. I worked with him and his partner Eddy Egan on "The French Connection" when I was hired to do the stunt job as the "Woman with the Baby Carriage" in the famous chase scene and later on the DVD Documentary, "The Making of "The French Connection" Even though I was much younger, he always called me "Pretty Grandma"...which was endearing. Plus, my ex and I had some jolly times with him at Raos. My deepest condolences to the family. RIP dear Sonny.

Posted by Lora Mitchell - New York, NY - friend   January 26, 2020

Thanks for doing REAL detective work. It wasn't about the shield and title for you. Work, service, dedication. Local P.D.s, take note!
Deepest and warmest regards to the family.

Posted by Chris - Easton, MA   January 25, 2020

ty for the good times at manducatis

Posted by augie Prudenti - new york, NY   January 25, 2020

Posted by augie prudenti - new york, NY - acquaintance   January 25, 2020

It's hard to believe...I had met Sonny and Chris in NY through our common friend Leonardo back in 2002. I had just came to live and perform in the USA. He was a kind, honest man. All my love and prayers to Chris and family. May his memory be a blessing. Ciao Sonny!

Posted by Anna Maria Soprano - Ormond Beach, FL - friend   January 25, 2020

What a gift he had. Truly an amazing man. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   January 25, 2020

You done good! Thanks!

Posted by Susan McCaskill - TX   January 25, 2020

We need more hard working men like mr.grosso my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of mr grosso ,my the father of tender mercies you his peace.

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2020

RIP Mr. Grasso, with all the wonderful messages to you, it reads you were an inspiration to so many people, and loved by all of them. Also, from one Italian to another, I wish I knew you. May your way to Heaven light up the sky. You are now with our

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2020

Deepest condolences to the entire Grosso family. Spent many days filled with fun with Gloria and her family. Mr. Grosso always made us laugh.
Will always have great memories of our Leverich Street friends❤
May the good Lord give all of you strength during this sad time. Xoxo
Cathy (Sacco) & Bob Stanton

Posted by Cathy Stanton - NY   January 24, 2020

With heartfelt sympathy to the Grosso family from your former neighbors, the Sacco family

Posted by Fran Selig - Holbrook, NY   January 24, 2020

My former boss - a brilliant story-teller who led a rich and rewarding life. He was my teacher, mentor, inspiration. Rest in peace, Sonny. Heartfelt condolences to Chris- an angel.

Posted by paula rosenthal - NYC, NY   January 24, 2020

Rest In Peace and thank you for succeeding in your dangerous police work.
Forever grateful.

Posted by Larry Loughner - Lancaster, PA   January 24, 2020

My deepest sympathy to Chris. My prayers are with you. Sonny was a champion and Im so grateful for for his guidance with the Michael Amante concert at St. Lucys and have great memories of his annual Birthday celebrations for his Mom. He will be missed but never forgotten. Love,Susan

Posted by Cavaliere Susan LaMorte - Belleville, NJ - friend   January 24, 2020

Sending Deepest condolences to Sonny from the Pasqualino Family, Vince passed last year and Vince was Boyhood Friends who grew up together in New York. So sorry to hear and may they meet in heaven

Posted by David/Gloria Pasqualino - Emerson, NJ - friend   January 24, 2020

My condolences to the Grosso Family from the Egan Family . May he rest in peace .

Posted by Kerry Egan - East Atlantic Beach, NY   January 24, 2020

I met Sonny when I was working for Michael Collyer. It was instant adoration. He was absolutely my kind of wise guy, creative, funny, and a kidder. I was with Michael for over 10 years and our offices were opposite Sonny's bldg. and Sonny could see Michael and I in our office so I couldn't BS him (smile). I worked on so many of his projects along with Larry Jacobson and Lena Saban. His tradition of a party every year at Puglia's in Little Italy at the end of the Feast of St. Gennaro was a blast and crowds of people would stand around and be amazed at the folks famous, and not, gather for the food and opera singing. Sonny was a standup guy and although I haven't seen him since Michael Collyer's passing, I send my prayers and condolences to Chris Krauss and the entire Grosso family. May in RIP and may you be comforted with the best of memories. Laura Adler (NYC)

Posted by Laura Adler - New York, NY - coworker   January 24, 2020

My Condolences.

Posted by A friend   January 24, 2020

So saddened for your loss. Sending prayers and words of comfort to the family of Mr. Sonny Grosso. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   January 24, 2020


To my uncle and friend. Thank you for sharing your life with us.Say hello to my dad and uncle mike. Love butch

Posted by Sal Vetrano - Stonybrook, NY - family   January 24, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. May your hearts be filled with the precious memories of your dear loved one, today, tomorrow and always.

Posted by A neighbor    January 24, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. May God bless you.

Posted by Linda Vetti - Stamford, CT - friend   January 24, 2020

So sorry. He was a great man and I am so grateful I had the chance to meet and speak to him several times.

Posted by Karole Canavesio-Lechowski - NJ - family   January 23, 2020

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Grosso. May the God of all comfort sustain you in this difficult time...

Posted by A friend   January 23, 2020

To my friend Sonny. Thank you for being who you are. It has been an honor to have known you and be a friend. To your family my condolences and to crissy im so sorry. Thank you for always being by his side. RIP. Sonny say hello to Sal

Posted by Raymond Bermudez - Bronx, NY - friend   January 23, 2020


Godspeed Sonny. Well done, Sonny. Well done.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   January 23, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the Grosso family. I have only the kindest and fondest memories of mom and dad and all the "kids" during my years in Uniondale. RIP paterfamilias Sonny Grosso.

Posted by Frank Chiachiere - Malverne, NY - friend   January 23, 2020

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Sonny Grosso