Jimmy Flynn

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James P. Flynn, born February 5, 1934 (age 86), in Boston, Massachusetts, is an Irish-American Bostonian, teamster, and film actor. He was a reputed member of the famous Winter Hill Gang.

Flynn was framed for the murder of FBI informant Brian Halloran in 1982 by Irish mob boss James J. Bulger. In 1986 he was tried and acquitted for that murder. He was used as an F.B.I. informant by agent John Connolly in the 1980s.

Flynn appeared in many films shot in the New England area. He has also been the Teamster Union's coordinator on film shoots. One of his best friends is Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, a professional hitman who has since been released from prison.

In 2000 it is alleged that Flynn ordered another union (IATSE) member, snack truck owner and operator Susan Christy, who was working on the film set of What's the Worst That Could Happen?, to quit in order for his friend and fellow Teamster, Robert Martini, to get the business with his truck. It was reported that when Christy refused Flynn threatened her equipment, Flynn told Martini that Christy would have to be killed or else people would "lose respect" for him. He told Martini that he should be the one to murder her since he would be the one to ultimately benefit from the deed. Reputedly, when George Cashman heard the plan he called Flynn to task and ordered him not to kill her but to send her a message. On August 15, 2000, while the movie was being shot Christy was allegedly attacked by Teamster Bartley Small. Christy reported the incident to the police but ultimately never filed charges.

Flynn is still currently under indictment by the United States federal government for racketeering.

As an actor Flynn can be seen in such films as Good Will Hunting, The Cider House Rules and What's the Worst that Could Happen?

Boston actor Tom Kemp remarked that the film The Departed, "wouldn't be a Boston movie without me, a Wahlberg, and Jimmy Flynn from the teamsters."[1]

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  1. The Boston Globe, "The Departed has local launch", Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan, October 4, 2006.