Fans who miss the show regular can now read all about him in his book, Now That I’m Dead, Here’s The Real Dirt: The Posthumous Memoirs of Johnny Fratto. According to GoodReads, fans should get “ready to enjoy the most outrageous stories, funniest anecdotes, and darkest secrets of one of America’s most compelling raconteurs.”
Before his death and Stern Show notoriety, Fratto was the owner of the custom scooter business Beverly Hills Choppers and partied with tons of celebrities. His memoirs are chalked full of stories from Hollywood.
Is Johnny Fratto still alive?
No, unfortunately, the Stern Show regular died on November 5, 2015, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 61 when he died.
Who is Louis Fratto?
Louis Fratto, Johnny’s Dad, was a mobster from Des Moines, Iowa. Also known as Lew Farrell, he ran the organized crime rackets based in Iowa. Louis wore many hats and also had the Iowa distribution rights to Al Capone’s beer, Canadian Ace. Louis and his wife Carmella had five kids Tommy, Frank, Johnny, Carmie, and Willie. Louis Fratto died November 24, 1967, at the age of 60.
Does Howard Stern have a connection to Iowa, the Hawkeye State?
Yes, he does, albeit small! That connection is Johnny Fratto, who was born in Des Moines, IA in 1953. Fratto’s father, Louis Fratto, was a prominent Midwest mob figure from the 1930s until his death in 1967. You can learn more about his mob ties in Johnny Fratto’s book.
How many times did Johnny Fratto appear on the Howard Stern Show?
There are no accurate statistics available to count how many times Johnny called in to appear on the Howard Stern Show. During the 2000’s Johnny called-in many times a month. Johnny was a close friend and confidant of Eric the Midget (ack! ack!). At one point, Johnny Fratto acted as Eric the Midget’s manager, although, in interviews, Johnny says he was just Eric’s friend. When Johnny would call-in, more often than not, he was joined on the phone by Eric the Midget. Stern show fans will remember the infamous voicemail that Eric left for Johnny, where Eric said, “You know what to do, you know what to do. Just find the guy.” If you’ve never heard the call or want to hear it again, please enjoy:
Does Johnny Fratto’s book discuss Tom Cruise?
Yes, it does. Fratto and Cruise were friends. When Cruise was preparing for his role in the 1986 movie The Color of Money, he consulted with Fratto to get a better understanding of the mafia. “Cruise took a liking to me … maybe he got off on my real-life stories of hustling in the underworld that made his script look dry and uninspired by comparison,” Fratto said in his book.
What is Beverly Hills Choppers?
Beverly Hills Choppers is the custom bike company founded by Johnny Fratto. In all reality, Beverly Hills Choppers are souped-up scooters, like a Vespa on steroids as Johnny used to say. It is unclear if Beverly Hills Choppers is still in business after Johnny Fratto’s death.
What is Would You Read This Book If I Threatened to Kill You?
Would You Read This Book If I Threatened to Kill You? is Johnny’s first book. Click here for more about Johnny’s books.
Now That I’m Dead, Here’s The Real Dirt book details
Available as Kindle or Paperback.
Print Length: 358 pages
Publication Date: December 1, 2017