In the 1984 film "The Cotton Club", the gangster and boyfriend of Vera Cicero (Diane Lane) is Dutch Schultz (James Remar). Dutch Schultz was a New York City-area German-Jewish-American mobster of the 1920s and 1930s who made his fortune in organized crime-related activities, including bootlegging and the numbers racket. He was born in August 1901 in The Bronx, New York, NY and was assassinated on October 24, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey. He is buried at Gate of Heaven, Hawthorne, New York, USA.

In the film, the lives of various characters intersect at Harlem's renowned Cotton Club. At the club, the handsome horn player Dix Dwyer (Richard Gere) falls for Vera Cicero (Diane Lane), the stunning girlfriend of famous gangster Dutch Schultz (James Remar). Meanwhile Dix's brother, Vincent (Nicolas Cage), falls in with Schultz's crew, while Owney Madden (Bob Hoskins), the jazz club's owner and proprietor, has his own mob ties. Although Dix goes on to become a Hollywood actor, his life doesn't get any less complicated or dangerous.

In 1920, Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion, opened the 'Club Deluxe' on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue in the center of Harlem. Owney Madden, a white gangster, took over operations of this club in 1923, and renamed the hot celebrity meeting place 'The Cotton Club'.

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