Emilio Muscelli served in the Italian Army in World War II, got a job in New York City as a dishwasher, but became captain of waiters at the famed Copacabana night club, where he waited on “Prime Minister of the Underworld” Frank Costello, then head of the Genovese crime family.
He then came to Las Vegas and was a maitre d’ during the city’s golden age. He knew Frank Sinatra, worked with the mob and Elvis, partied with reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and was befriended by billionaire hotelier Kirk Kerkorian, singer Bobby Darin and actor Cary Grant, among many others.
Today, Muscelli, 89, enjoys retirement in his stately home on the fifth hole of the Las Vegas Country Club golf course, where he has resided for 39 years. He still drives a car, surfs the Internet and tries to get in nine or 18 holes of golf each day.
And he’s sharing his stories.
(Photo by Christopher DeVargas / Las Vegas Sun)