Thomas "Tommy" Marcano is a major antagonist in Mafia 3. He is a caporegime in the Marcano Crime Family and the youngest of the four Marcano brothers.
Tommy was born in New Bordeaux, Louisiana, in 1924. His father was Valerio Marcano, a low-level enforcer for the Carillo Crime Family. His parents were dirt poor, and he lived with his siblings in a shanty in the neighborhood of River Row. He and his brothers emulated their father from the start, getting involved in juvenille delinquincy and other crimes from an early age. At one point, Tommy's three older brothers were convicted of breaking and entering and sentenced to terms in the state peninteniary in Louisiana. Tommy was not a participant in that crime, arguably because he was born much later to his parents than had his siblings been. His brother Salvatore was 14 years older than he was. When his brothers Louis, Lucio, and Sal were sent up the river, Tommy was still in elementary school. Tommy had been considered a troublemaker by his teachers, and was ordered to repeat the sixth grade due to truancy and constant disruptive behavior.
As he entered his teenage years, Tommy seemed to have tempered his attitude to some degree, and managed to graduate high school. By this time his parents were dead and his brothers had established the Marcano Crime Family.
Sal had seemed to have high regard for Tommy, likely as he was the "baby of the family". After Tommy finished his education Sal had ruled the underworld of New Bordeaux. The political clout and immense money he made from this made him more successful than his parents, and with his ill-gotten wealth he tried to convince Tommy of a better path in life. Sal considered Tommy a "smart kid" and urged him to use his brain for something legitimate. He encouraged Tommy to become a respected professional, then find employment at a reputable law or accounting firm and "do something useful with your life". Sal also promised to pay Tommy's way through the university. Tommy however, disagreed with that idea and wanted to join his brothers. Sal approved that course of action and sent Tommy to Cuba, which at the time was very profitable for mobsters, especially gambling, having been known as "Latin Las Vegas". Also sent to Cuba was older mobster Frank Pagani , who served as a mentor to the young Tommy. The regime of Fulgencio Batista was very profitable for organized crime, and by all accounts Tommy did "a bang-up job" managing the Marcanos' Cuban casino.
However, all that changed in the Cuban Revolution of 1959, when communism made sweeping changes to the country. Fidel Castro turned all farms, ranches, and fishing wharves into collectives, voided all leases and mortgages, and nationalized many businesses in Cuba. Casinos did not fare well in Cuba, in fact when the rebels reached Havana, one of their first targets was the casinos. The rebels smashed the barricaded doors, forcing their way into the air-conditioned, plushly carpeted casinos, and smashing up card tables and slot machines. The casinos had been prime targets due to their association with corruption, decadence, greed, and wasted money. As one of the natives later remarked, "By the time the sun came up on January 2nd, 1959, you could not find one pair of matching dice in Havana". The nascent Castro regime had also been as oppressive as any other, ordering opponents (or suspected opponents) jailed and executed. The communists marked all American gangsters for death, which included Tommy Marcano. Frank Pagani had connections with the Cuban police. Calling in forces still loyal to Batista, the Cuban authorities grabbed Tommy before Castro's goons could kill him. Tommy was smuggled out of Cuba. Upon his return to the States, an overjoyed Sal Marcano was happy to see his brother home in one piece. Although the loss of their Cuban casinos was a big financial hit for the Mafia, Sal praised Tommy for good work. He felt Tommy had proved himself and gave him control of the Southdowns district of New Bordeaux. As a reward for getting Tommy to safety, Sal Marcano promoted Frank Pagani to lieutenant and awarded him control of the Tickfaw Harbor district.
Tommy runs two rackets in Southdowns. One is a red market where goons steal items, namely electronic equipment and household appliances, then "fence" them by selling them on the street. The other is a gambling racket, which harkened back to his days in Cuba. Though less glamourous then the casino he managed in Havana, it still is a good moneymaking venture. Tommy has turned a good profit while being able to stay quiet, and as such is much less dependent on police graft. Sal has been pleased that Tommy had made money from the relatively poor area of Southdowns. Tommy also owns a gymnasium where he hosts illegal boxing matches, known as "jungle fights", where black boxers fight for the amusement of white men. One such boxer was named Alcee Bennett, who had once been a member of the Black Mob under Sammy Robinson until he was caught skimming. He was kicked out of the Black Mob and banished from Delray Hollow, the neighborhood he grew up in. At some point he fell in with Tommy Marcano as a boxer, and had been so proficient that when he got too old and weak for active boxing Tommy gave him a job as a fight promoter, going around the city looking for new athletes to participate in the jungle fights. Although Alcee seems to be a good boxing manager, he was also warned by Tommy's men that should he falter in his duties they would "throw your tired old broken down butt back in the ring!"