The First Encounter

The First Encounter

When Frank Lucas walks out of church on this day, he's greeted by the man who has been hunting him down: Richie Roberts.
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Richie Roberts Photo

Richie Roberts Photo

That's a lot of money in front of Richie Roberts. He has to find out where it all came from.
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Working Together

Working Together

This might seem unusual to some, but Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts worked together to bring down many on the police force. Here they are, at the end of American Gangster.
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Richie Roberts Picture

As portrayed by Russell Crowe in American Gangster, here's Richie Roberts. The cop goes on to be a lawyer.
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Frank Lucas, Richie Roberts

Frank Lucas, Richie Roberts

Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) is a drug dealer in 1970s Manhattan. Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) is a detective who must take him down. This is "American Gangster," a Ridley Scott film.
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Richie Roberts

Richie Roberts Picture

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!