Former NYPD Detective Randy Jurgensen walked a beat in Harlem all the way into Hollywood’s greatest crime dramas of all time.
He is known as the cop who killed Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
Friedkin hired Jurgensen as the film’s technical consultant to advise him on how to realistically show the gritty side of heroin trafficking in the 1960s.
Jurgensen turned out to be a natural on camera and was given the role of an NYPD Sergeant in film.
He appears on the poster for The French Connection flanking Gene Hackman.
Jurgensen had been on the periphery of an undercover narcotics investigation that netted a legendary seizure of heroin.
In those days heroin flowed into New York City from Marseille and the book was made into a movie.
A long list of credits includes Jurgensen’s work as a technical advisor on Die Hard with a Vengeance, a cop in the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve, and a role in Frank Sinatra’s first made-for-TV movie, Contract On Cherry Street .
A few days after celebrating The French Connection’s Oscars, Jurgensen became embroiled in the most notorious case in the history of NYPD.
Jurgensen’s book titled, Circle of Six, details his determined effort to bring to justice
the murderer of Police Officer Philip Cardillo who was killed in a Harlem Mosque in 1972.
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