Richie Roberts

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Richie Roberts is the police officer who brings down Frank Lucas in American Gangster. He's a former Marine and New Jersey Police Detective for Essex County and eventually became an Essex County Assistant Prosecutor, heading the Bureau of Narcotics after passing the New Jersey Bar Examination.

Played By
Russell Crowe
Full Name
Richie Roberts

Richie Roberts Quotes

The number one fear of people isn't dying, it's public speaking.

Detective Richie Roberts

Detective Richie Roberts: My investigation indicates that Frank Lucas is above the Mafia.
District Attorney: Who does he work for? Which family?
Detective Richie Roberts: He's not Italian, he's black.
District Attorney: No black man has accomplished what the American Mafia hasn't in a hundred years!

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American Gangster Quotes

It's not in my best interest to say this Frank, but quitting while you're ahead is not the same as quitting.

Chinese General

Frank Lucas: See, ya are what ya are in this world. That's either one of two things: Either you're somebody, or you ain't nobody.