|Intro||Italian-born American monster|
|Was||Mobster Mafioso Criminal|
|From||Italy United States of America|
|Birth||5 December 1888, Reggio Calabria, Province of Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy|
|Death||5 August 1978, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA (aged 89 years)|
Anthony "Tony" Milano (December 5, 1888—August 5, 1978) was an Italian-born mobster who rose to power in America working for the Cleveland crime family in the American Mafia. He served as the longtime underboss in the Cleveland crime family from 1930 until his retirement in 1976. He was the godfather of the future Cleveland crime family underboss Angelo Lonardo, the son of Joseph Lonardo. Milano's children (Peter Milano and Carmen Milano) were also part of the American Mafia in Cleveland.
Anthony Milano was born on December 5, 1888 in Reggio Calabria in Southern Italy to Pietro and Grazia Milano (née Mazza). Later, his family emigrated to the United States, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Anthony became a naturalized citizen of the United States on June 27, 1924.
Anthony and his younger brother, Frank Milano (February 27, 1891—September 15, 1970), were active in Black Hand extortion and bootlegging during prohibition. Frank was the leader of the "Mayfield Road Mob", an Italian gang that fought the Porrello crime family (Joseph Porello and sons) for control of criminal rackets in Ohio. In the early 1930s, the Porrello family was defeated and Frank became boss of the Cleveland crime family, being an original member of "The Commission". Anthony served as his underboss.
In 1935, Frank fled the country due to tax evasion charges. Alfred Polizzi took over as boss of the family and kept Anthony on as underboss. Anthony remained the underboss for decades despite the changes in leadership over the years. He had significant control over several local labor unions in Cleveland due to his connection to Jackie Presser.
In the 1940s, Anthony had many legitimate and criminal business interests in Los Angeles, California; Cleveland, Ohio; and Las Vegas, Nevada.
As the years went on, Anthony spent less time involved in the Cleveland crime family and began to take on more of an advisory role while other influential crime family members served as acting underbosses. Even so, he kept the title of underboss until his retirement in 1976.
Anthony's eldest son Peter Milano was a member of the Los Angeles crime family and the Milanos' relationship strengthened the ties between the two crime families. His niece's husband John Nardi, an influential associate of the Cleveland crime family, went against the Cleveland family in the 1970s and sided with the Irish gang led by Danny Greene.
Milano died of natural causes on August 5, 1978, at Lakeside Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 89. He was buried at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, Ohio.
Milano was married to Josephine DiSanto and had four sons: Peter Milano, Carmen Milano, John Milano, and Frank Angelo Milano.
In the 1940s, his wife and children relocated to Los Angeles, California, while Milano split time between Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Las Vegas.