Louis Peraino (born 16 January 1940- died 26 April 1999) was a New York mobster with the Colombo crime family and film producer best known for his involvement in the production of the adult film "Deep Throat".
The Peraino family financed and produced the most profitable pornographic film of all time — Deep Throat. Louis produced the movie and his father Anthony loaned him the initial $22,500 in production costs. The Perainos used a unique procedure by leasing the theaters and employees for all proceeds. To ensure compliance, they sent their own employees or associates known as "checkers" to run the movie houses.
Anthony and Louis used profits from Deep Throat to build a vast financial empire in the 1970s that included, according to the FBI, "ownership of garment companies in New York and Miami and investment companies".
The Perainos controlled various adult and porn industry interests based in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, from adult bookstores, to peep shows and adult movie theaters. Joseph Peraino later became involved in the distribution of another very successful pornographic film, the Devil in Miss Jones.
From 1976 until 1980,Louis was jailed in Memphis on pornography charges related to Deep Throat and was indicted in 1980 as a result of an FBI investigation named "Miporn," which investigated the pornography industry in southern Florida.
Later years and death
Peraino later a producer and writer and was the vice-president and secretary of Gerard Damiano Film Productions, Inc. (GDFP) and was the president of Bryanston Pictures, Inc.
He died of lung cancer on April 26, 1999 in New York City, New York. In the 2013 film "Lovelace", he was portrayed by actor Bobby Cannavale.