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Johnny Cannata


Partner with Frank Doss
Father of Robbie Cann/Cannata
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Johnny Cannata is a mobster who co-owns the Shelbourne Hotel in Miami with his long-time partner Frank Doss. Cannata and Doss got together around 1960 in Las Vegas where they teamed up with comedian Morty Price, and they moved on to Atlantic City, then to Miami, where Cannata and Doss are trying to get a legalized casino set up. They had been arrested several times for illegal gambling but never convicted, but Doss and Price continue to make bets on tally sheets, which were in Price's room the night he was killed by Dorothy Bain, a former cocktail waitress at the same hotel who Price was attempting to rape, and those tally sheets ended up in a bag she had placed her son in.

Cannata has a son, Robbie Cann/Cannata, who borrowed some money to open a nightclub, which is successful, but Robbie wants nothing to do with his father's business, even going so far as to change his surname to "Cann" after graduating high school to avoid the stigma of the Cannata name. Cannata and Doss put a hit on Dorothy to recover the tally sheets, but Robbie (and his old friend, James "Sonny" Crockett) saved Dorothy from death.