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The name Andrew Greene might not be ringing any bells but during the time when “The rise of the wolf” a.k.a Jordan Belfort had the brilliant idea of founding Stratton Oakmont’s Inc., the “over-the-counter” brokerage house which became the largest OTC firm in the country during the late 1980s and 1990s, the name Andrew Green was something else.
According to news reports, Green’s portrayal of his character by actor P.J. Byrne in the ‘Wolf of Wall Street” movie is not rubbing him in a nice way and is actually suing Paramount Pictures for depicting him as a “criminal, a drug user and a degenerate” in the critically acclaimed film. By the way, have you seen the movie? Would you say Greene is a “”criminal, a drug user and a degenerate” after watching the acting of Byrne ? In the film Greene becomes Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff (the geeky guy with glasses wearing a toupee)
But why did Green had no problem with the portrayal of former boss, friend, partner in crime, Jordan Belfort and he has major issues with his? So we found some info about him and we want to share it. Here some facts about Greene.
He was recruited by Belfort to fill high level positions throughout the firm, along with brother Kenny Greene.
Andrew T Greene became the Head of Stratton Oakmont’s Corporate Finance Department and a childhood friend of Jordan Belfort. The two first met in grade school, but lost touch after Greene exiled himself to avoid embarrassment for losing his hair at a young age. Years later and after going completely bald, Greene earned a law degree and joined Belfort at Stratton Oakmont. He earned the name “Wigman” at Stratton Oakmont because of his terrible toupee. Hence the connection to the caracther “Rugrat” Koskoff.
There is also an L.A Times article from 1997 describing Greene as the Stratton-Oakmont corporate secretary where he along former Stratton-Oakmont President Daniel M. Porush; Jordan Shamah, vice president; and Steven P. Sanders, identified as chief trader were found collectively liable for compensatory damages of $184,583 in In one of the largest securities arbitration judgments ever.
Greene, of Long Island, is seeking $25 million in damages and wants his image removed from the film.
His lawyer claims Greene was never arrested or prosecuted in connection with the Belfort investigation, in fact he says Greene resigned from Stratton Oakmont in 1996 before the firm imploded.