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I wonder, is it better to have a talented snake or a stoical lion, who's gonna be cut down in his prime?
~ Jimmy Pegorino

James "Jimmy" Pegorino (May 13, 1957 - April 2008) is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appeared as the secondary antagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV. He is also mentioned in The Lost and Damned. Jimmy was the boss of the Alderney based Pegorino Crime Family, which he took over after his father died. He is looked down upon by the Liberty City based Mafia organizations, and he is unable to get a seat on The Commission.

He was voiced by Tony Patellis.


Early Life

Jimmy Pegorino was born in Alderney City, Alderney. His father was the founder of the Pegorino family, a faction that was highly disrespected by the others mobsters.

Jimmy was arrested for theft three times during the mid 1970s. At some point in his life, he married Angie, and they had a son together.

Taking control over the family

Eventually, Jimmy gained leadership over the Pegorino Family, and he desperately wanted to join The Commission, despite his organization being incredibly weak.

He tried to impress The Commission by doing favours for them, such as allowing the Pavano to operate in Alderney in spite of their long-time rivalry. Also, Jimmy thought it would be an excellent idea to anonymously weaken the Ancelotti's family whilst improving his own, in order to prove that he is able to run an organization.

He learned that a leader shouldn't place value on his employees until they either impress him or, ironically, become a threat to him because of their greed (such as Ray Boccino).

For unknown reasons, Jimmy's son had committed suicide, and he then accepted his bodyguard Anthony Corrado as a son in nature.

Unbeknownst to Angie, Pegorino has a young mistress who lives in an apartment in Acter.

Events of Grand Theft Auto IV

Wake up you fucking mook. Everybody's trying to fuck everybody! Let's just hope they got the manners to smile in our faces before they do.
~ Jimmy Pegorino
In 2008, Phil recommended Niko Bellic's services to Jimmy. He first ordered Niko to watch over a deal he was having with members of the Pavano Family. However, the deal was a trap, and Jimmy was nearly killed, while the tribute was stolen, to the great depleasure of the Don. Fortunately, Niko rescued Jimmy, and chased a group of remaining of the remaining thugs to get Jimmy's money back.

In retaliation to the Pavano's betrayal, Jimmy later sent Niko to follow a couple of Pavano mobsters to a crew meeting at the Auto Eroticar dealership and slaughter them all. Jimmy then stated that they're going to be in war against the Pavanos, hoping that his organization would weaken them and perhaps finally take a seat at The Commission.

Later on, the police began to thoroughly investigate his "businesses", leading Jimmy to believe that several of his employees had become moles. This led Jimmy to threaten Niko with a shotgun, but he was eventually convinced that Anthony was the spy. Anthony, who was confirmed to be an informant, suffered a heart attack after talking with Jimmy over the phone, but survived and was hospitalized. Then, Jimmy ordered Anthony's death for his betrayal, despite Anthony's remorses.


In the game's finale, Jimmy orders Bellic to take part in a heroin deal with Niko's nemesis, Dimitri Rascalov and was promised a great deal of money. Niko is unsure whether to comply and be paid or take his revenge, and his final decision is left to the player.


Niko and Phil are betrayed by Dimitri, forcing them to fight through the warehouse and steal the money. Jimmy becomes very happy and wishes Niko good luck with the money. A hired assassin targeting Niko sent by Dimitri accidentally kills Niko's cousin Roman Bellic at the wedding (and is immediately counter-killed). Niko tracks down the duo with help from Little Jacob, right before Dimitri betrays and kills Jimmy, saying that he "didn't work this hard to share the spoils of a victory". Dimitri was chased down and killed by Niko on Happiness Island shortly afterwards.


Niko rebels and kills Dimitri on a ship known as the Platypus, ironically the same ship that Niko arrived to Liberty City on. After this Jimmy loses a lot of money and influence, and his organization becomes reduced to nothing. He personally attempts to kill Niko at Roman and Mallorie's wedding, but accidentally kills Kate McReary, Niko's girlfriend. Niko later tracks down and kills Jimmy with help from Roman and Little Jacob. After chasing Pegorino to Happiness Island and shooting him down, Niko told him that the Commission thought he was a "fat fucking joke". As Niko begins to walk away, Jimmy raises his gun to try and kill Niko, but before he can, Niko shoots Jimmy in the head with an Assault Rifle.



Jimmy Pegorino is an elderly man with grey hairs and brown eyes. He usually wears brown jackets and trousers, and black shoes.


Like another Grand Theft Auto's famous character, Tommy Vercetti, Jimmy acts very temperamental, emotional, and clever. He is an authoritative chief who acts as a respected don: he enjoys drinks, young women and his magnificent luxury properties, including his cars and big mansion. He was also a rude, impudent, argumentative father, as he "beat [Anthony] like his son", though he used to display affection and tenderness towards him.

Jimmy's life goal is to be accepted into the Commission. As such, he is willing to do anything in order to get a seat, including confronting another mafia, the Pavanos, and Dimitri's Bratva. This desperate quest in order to get recognition made him extremely prideful, obnoxious, and egotistical towards his relatives and family, especially his adopted son Anthony Corrado, though he has a certain sense of humor and charity. He is also exceptionally appreciative and thankful towards Niko, as the latter saved him from an assault from the Pavano family that nearly cost him his life.

When he discovered that his organization is being spied on, Jimmy became paranoid and began to no longer trust his entourage, including Anthony and Niko. This led the old patriarch to be much more threatening than accustomed, leading to him ordering Niko to kill most of associates, including another caporegime (i.e. lieutenant) Ray Boccino and Boccino's guards. When both Niko and Jimmy discovered that Anthony was actually the mole, Jimmy mercilessly ordered his death.

If the player chooses the Revenge ending, Jimmy seems to be guilty and remorseful about his deeds, telling Niko that "everything could have been gravy" if he would have worked with him. He is also quite hypocritical and self-righteous, as he told Niko that "your problem is you like killing too much", despite the fact that he personally killed many of his henchmen and even his own son. Also, Jimmy will betray, along Dimitri, Niko by sending an assassin at Roman's wedding if the player has chosen to do the Deal instead.

His favorite radio stations are Jazz Nation Radio 108.5 and Fusion FM, suggesting his favorite genre is Jazz, and he will respond positively if it is turned on in a car.


  • Jimmy Pegorino is the only person to be a major antagonist under the player's choice.
  • Similarly to Ray Boccino and Phil Bell, he likes listening to jazz music.

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