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Vice City is 24-Karat gold these days. Columbians, Mexicans, hell, even those Cuban refugees are cutting themselves a slice of some nice action.
~ Sonny Forelli

Sonny Forelli (October 25, 1946 - 1986) is Tommy's boss and the main antagonist in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He was the one that got Tommy in jail for 15 years and betrayed him for money. Tommy killed him and got his revenge.

He was voiced by Tom Sizemore, who also played Chance Wilder in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, and Max Peltier in Strange Days.


Sonny Forelli lived in Liberty City. He became the Don of the Forelli Family at a young age according to the Vice City Police Department criminal files. Around 1971, Sonny had led Tommy Vercetti into an ambush in Harwood (located in Liberty City), telling Tommy he was to assassinate a key mobster. Tommy survived the ambush but was arrested by the Liberty City Police Department and imprisoned. Sonny continued his various illegal activities, which by 1986 are believed to be racketeering, gambling, unions, corruption and prostitution, making the Forelli family the most powerful Mafia family at that time. Upon Tommy's release, Sonny decides to send him down south. Through his contact in Vice City, Ken Rosenberg a lawyer they organize a drug deal with the Vance Crime Family, which leads to an ambush resulting in the deaths of Forelli mobsters Harry and Lee and Vance Crime Family boss Victor Vance . Tommy later informs Sonny of the ambush, with Sonny reacting angrily, seemingly holding Tommy responsible for the recovery of the money regardless of whose fault it was.

Ken Rosenberg later begins to employ Tommy Vercetti and helps him establish himself in the city, introducing him to a number of the cities key people, including Colonel Juan Cortez, who helped Rosenberg set up the deal, and real estate mogul Avery Carrington. Rosenberg, fearing Sonny, stays in his office for a number of days, but does send Tommy to intimidate two jurors prosecuting Sonny's cousin Giorgio.

Sonny allows Tommy to establish a business empire in the city, in order for Tommy to repay his debt. However, Tommy continues to expand his business empire and manages to extract revenge for the ambushed drug deal, killing Gonzalez and the cities drug baron, Ricardo Diaz. However, Tommy fails to give Sonny his cut, resulting in Sonny sending some of his men to collect money from Tommy's numerous businesses.

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Sonny battling Tommy Vercetti before being killed by him in revenge for his betrayal in the past.

Tommy, expecting Sonny to arrive after his collectors were killed, prepares to give Sonny counterfeit money printed at his print works. However, Sonny reveals that Lance Vance, Tommy's friend, has joined forces with him and informed him of Tommy and Ken Rosenberg's plan. Being forwarned about Tommy's deception, Sonny came to the Vercetti estate prepared with a large number of gunmen to take over the business for the Forelli Family.

A huge gun fight erupts, during which Sonny finally confirms Tommy's suspicions that he was in fact set up in 1971. The shootout concludes with the deaths of Lance and Sonny, alongside countless Forelli Family mobsters.


6 years later after Sonny died, Salvatore Leone (the Don of the Leone Family) informs Johnny Sindacco of the Sindacco Family that the death of Sonny Forelli dealt a severe blow to the Forelli Family, allowing the Sindacco Family to move into Liberty City from Las Venturas. Salvatore states "Ever since Sonny Forelli got himself pasted all over Florida, you think you run things in this town". A film about Sonny's life, entitled "Sonny Forelli: A True Story" is advertised in Liberty City in 1998.

It was also the beginning of the end of the Forelli Family. Sonny's death was followed by death of Marco Forelli in 1992 in hands of Carl Johnson who posed as hitman for Leone Family at the time. By 1998, there are only two brothers left. Franco Forelli and Mike Forelli. After Franco is killed in explosion of Fort Staunton set up by Leone Family capo Toni Cipriani, only living Forelli, Mike becomes don of Family. But he joins his brothers in 2001, when he is killed by car bomb set up by Claude as a job for Joey Leone. But that didn't stop Joey from trying to get rid of remaining Forelli members. So he employs Claude once more to get rid of car containing body of Forelli member during mission "dead skunk in a trunk". By game chronology, this is last time Forellis are seen or mentioned in GTA series.


  • Since Sonny got Tommy arrested 15 years prior to Vice City, he is Tommy's arch-enemy.
  • Sonny is similar to Alejandro Sosa: They employed the protagonist (who was also a criminal) to work for them, but were ultimately betrayed by them. However, one of the key differences is Tony Montana was later killed by The Skull, sent by Sosa, and Alejandro Sosa remained alive, whereas Tommy survived the battle and had ultimately killed Sonny in the final mission. Also, unlike Alejandro, Sonny isn’t Pure Evil.



2D Universe
Grand Theft Auto 2
Billy Bob Bean | Claude Speed | Johnny Zoo

Grand Theft Auto Advance
King Courtney | Vinnie

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Chan Jaoming | Huang Lee | Mini Gun Wonsu Assassin | Rudy D'Avanzo | Wu Lee | Zhou Ming

3D Universe
Grand Theft Auto III
Claude | Catalina | Curly Bob | Donald Love | King Courtney | Miguel | Phil Cassidy | Salvatore Leone | Toni Cipriani

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Auntie Poulet | Gonzalez | Lance Vance | Leo Teal | Phil Cassidy | Ricardo Diaz | Sonny Forelli | Tommy Vercetti | The Psycho

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
B Dup | Big Smoke | Carl Johnson | Eddie Pulaski | Frank Tenpenny | Jizzy B. | OG Loc | Ryder | Snakehead | T-Bone Mendez

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
JD O'Toole | Kazuki Kasen | Massimo Torini | Ned Burner | Paulie Sindacco | Phil Cassidy | Salvatore Leone | Toni Cipriani | Vincenzo Cilli

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Bryan Forbes | Diego & Armando Mendez | Lance Vance | Marty Jay Williams | Phil Cassidy | Sergeant Jerry Martinez | Victor Vance |

HD Universe
Grand Theft Auto IV
Abdul Amir | Billy Grey | Brian Jeremy | Clarence Little | Clay Simons | Dardan Petrela | Darko Brevic | Derrick McReary | Dimitri Rascalov | Dwayne Forge | Eddie Low | Francis McReary | Gerald McReary | Jim Fitzgerald | Jimmy Pegorino | Johnny Klebitz | Jim Fitzgerald | Luis Lopez | Marki Ashvilli | Mikhail Faustin | Niko Bellic | Patrick McReary | Playboy X | Ray Boccino | Ray Bulgarin | Ray's Goon | Rocco Pelosi | Roman's Kidnapper | Teddy Benavidez | Terry Thorpe | Timur | Vic Manzano | Vince Pelosi | Yusuf Amir

Grand Theft Auto V
Andreas Sanchez | Brad Snider | Clay Simons | D | Devin Weston | Don Percival | Elwood O'Neil | Enzo Bonelli | Franklin Clinton | Jimmy De Santa | Johnny Klebitz | Lamar Davis | Lester Crest | Martin Madrazo | Michael De Santa | Molly Schultz | Ortega | Paige Harris | Patrick McReary | Peter Dreyfuss | Simeon Yetarian | Steve Haines | Stretch | Terry Thorpe | Trevor Philips | Wei Cheng

Grand Theft Auto Online
Avery Duggan | Avon Hertz | Cliffford | GTA Online Protagonists

Altruist Cult | Angels of Death Motorcycle Club | Ballas | Bulgarin Family | C.R.A.S.H. | Cholos | Cliffford Mercenaries | Colombian Cartel | Diaz's Gang | Faustin-Rascalov Family | Federal Investigation Bureau | Forelli Family | International Affairs Agency | Leone Family | Liberty City Triads | Los Santos Triads | Los Santos Vagos | Merryweather Security | O'Neil Brothers | Russian Mafia | Sicilian Mafia | Southside Hoods | SRS | Street Sharks | The Professionals | Trevor Philips Enterprises | Zombotech Corporation

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