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Now go home and get your f-cking shinebox!
~ Billy Bates taunting Tommy DeVito, which proves to be his undoing as Tommy would proceed to brutally attack and kill Batts for this insult.

Billy Batts is a pivotal antagonist in the 1990 film Goodfellas. He is based on real-life mobster William Bentvena.

He was portrayed by the late Frank Vincent, who also played Frank Marino in the 1995 gangster film Casino and Phil Leotardo in The Sopranos.

Biography

Billy Bates first appeared when he his celebrating his release from prison after serving jail time for narcotics trafficking. At a bar owned by Henry Hill, they meet when Henry and Jimmy Conway and their dates are having a drink next to where Batts and his crew are reunited. Batts sarcastically asks Henry and Jimmy if they would like to sit next to him. They politely decline when Tommy DeVito enters the bar with his girlfriend.

Batts quickly recognizes Tommy and appears to have a friendly reunion with him at first. However, as they promptly form a conversation, Batts begins to repeatedly lecture Tommy on how the latter used to be a shoeshine boy prior to his gangster life. Tommy grows enraged by Batts' repeated insults, but refrains from lashing out until Batts tells him: "Now go home and get your f-cking shinebox!". This causes Tommy to try and attack Batts, which leads Henry to restrain Tommy and lead him outside. Batts then refuses to accept his wrongdoing, instead berating Tommy for lashing out and denying Jimmy's protest that Batts did insult him.

Once the bar is closed, Jimmy appears to have forgiven Batts when he and Henry offer him a quiet drink. Batts accepts this, not knowing that Jimmy is actually planning with Tommy to attack him in revenge for his insults. As Batts continues talking with Jimmy in the bar, Tommy discreetly enters and walks up to Batts. He attacks him when Jimmy holds Batts down, and together they beat up Batts while also ordering Henry to shut the bar so that nobody sees what they are doing. Batts is brutally knocked unconscious, and together Tommy, Jimmy, and Henry put him in a car and drive him to the woods to kill him. Batts is barely still alive when the car trunk opens, prompting Tommy to repeatedly stab him before Jimmy then finishes off Batts by shooting him multiple times.

Realizing that the unsanctioned murder of Batts, a made man in the Gambino crime family, would result in retribution from their crime boss Paul Cicero of the Lucchese crime family, Jimmy, Henry, and Tommy cover up the murder by burying the body in Upstate New York. Six months later, however, Jimmy learns that the burial site is slated for development, prompting them to exhume and relocate the decomposing corpse. After the trio succeed in committing the Lufthansa vault at the JFK Airport a while later, Tommy is eventually killed in retribution for Batts' murder - having been deceived into believing that he would become a made man.

Trivia

  • Billy Batts from 1990's Goodfellas is the second of the characters played by Frank Vincent in a Martin Scorsese film; he also portrayed Salvy Batts in 1980's Raging Bull and later played Frank "Frankie" Marino in 1995's Casino.
  • The character's portrayer, Frank Vincent, died of a heart attack aged 80 in September 13th 2017.

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