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Jon Gravelli
Appearance(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
Full name: Jon Gravelli
Status: Deceased
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 1923
Place of birth: Meadow Hills, Liberty City
Date of death: 2008 (Aged 85)
Home: Liberty City
Nationality: Flag of Italy Italian-
Flag of the United States American
Family: Jon Gravelli, Jr. (Son)
Sonny Cangelosi (Uncle/Deceased)
Main affiliation: Gambetti Family
The Commission
Jon Gravelli, Jr.
Messina crime family
Harvey Noto
United Liberty Paper
Niko Bellic
Bobby Jefferson
Businesses: Boss of the Gambetti Crime Family
Voiced by: Madison Arnold
"Everyone wants to pay homage to a dying legend, everyone wants the glamour of a bygone age."
―Jon Gravelli

Jon Gravelli (19232008) was a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appeared as a supporting character in Grand Theft Auto IV. He was the Don of the Gambetti crime family in Liberty City from 1978 until his death in 2008.


Life up to 2008

Jon Gravelli was born in Meadow Hills, Dukes, Liberty City in 1923. It is likely that he was in some way affiliatiated with the Mafia from as young as twelve, given his awareness of his rivals the Ancelotti crime family. His criminal record dates back to 1940, when he was first arrested for possession of gambling records at only 17 years old. Rigorous criminal activity continued through his twenties, including car theft, attempted murder and bribery, though his LCPD record states that he had never been in prison. In 1968, he had a son, Jon Gravelli, Jr., who eventually became a Gambetti associate until he was disowned after developing a cocaine addiction.

In 1972, he almost killed Giovanni Ancelotti's uncle (and later regrets not doing so). In 1978, at the age of 55, Gravelli took became Don of the Gambetti Family after the death of his uncle, Sonny Cangelosi. The Gambetti Family became the most powerful of Liberty City's Mafia families under Gravelli's leadership.

During the early 1990s, when he was in his late sixties, Gravelli was arrested twice, for Racketeering and Murder and Obstruction of Justice, though he was acquitted of both charges. Some time in the late 1990s to the early 2000s, Gravelli started to work with United Liberty Paper company, and became a good friend with one of the company's senior agents. In 2005, whilst awaiting trial, Gravelli was hospitalised and admitted to the Schottler Medical Center with a serious illness. In 2006, whilst still hospitalised and still awaiting trial, he was charged with racketeering.

Events of GTA IV

In 2008, Gravelli was introduced to Niko Bellic via cellphone through his contact at United Liberty Paper, who is referred to as a "mutual friend". Gravelli first hired Niko to provide security for a politician from Russian gangsters who wanted to kill him. Niko and the convoy are ambushed on a back street, though they survive. Next, Gravelli orders Niko to kill Korean Mob connected Kim Young-Guk for running a counterfeiting operation. In Liquidize the Assets, he hired Niko to destroy the Ancelottis' drug vans in a warehouse. In return for his efforts, the ULP located Darko Brevic, a soldier who betrayed Niko's military unit during the Yugoslav Wars, in Bucharest and brought him to Liberty City.


After the completion of the storyline, internet and radio news reports announced that Gravelli died peacefully in his sleep in hospital at the age of 85, whilst still awaiting trial.

LCPD Database record

First Name:Jon
Place of Birth:Meadow Hills, Liberty City
  • Gambetti Crime Syndicate
Criminal Record:
  • 1940 - Possession Gambling Records
  • 1942 - Promoting Gambling
  • 1942 - Assault
  • 1944 - Grand theft Auto
  • 1946 - Attempted Murder
  • 1949 - Bribery
  • 1990 - Racketeering and Murder
  • 1992 - Obstruction of Justice
  • 2006 - Racketeering
  • Head of the Gambetti Crime Syndicate since the death of Sonny Cangelosi in 1978.
  • Indicted several times but never convicted of a serious crime.
  • Resident of the Schottler Medical Center for the last 3 years due to an allegedly serious illness.

Mission Appearances



  • He is most likely based on Carlo Gambino, former boss of the Gambino crime family, on which the Gambettis are based, although his name shares similarities with John Gotti. His last name is also similar to Gotti informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. He might also be based on Giacomo Amari, the late acting boss of the DeCavalcante crime family in New Jersey, as he was diagnosed with stomach cancer during his tenure as acting boss, and as his condition worsened, he was unable to run the family as efficiently as before.
  • Despite being able to call Gravelli after missions, his number will not be recognised by Niko's phone if the player tries to phone him at any other time.
  • Gravelli's in-game model does not have legs, and he is always seen in a hospital bed.



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