This famous ex-gangster penned several books about his life of crime and also appeared in gangster films and documentaries. His publications include Dodgy Dave's Little Black Book, Heroes & Villains, and Stop the Ride I Want to Get Off.
Before leaving the underworld to transform his criminal exploits into lucrative writing and acting careers, he was incarcerated at London's high-security Belmarsh Prison.
The California-based punk band Rancid dedicated a 2003 song to Courtney.
He grew up in London, England's Bermondsey district. In 2004, he was cleared of charges of domestic abuse against his wife.
He appeared with American actor Martin Kove in a 2007 Canadian organized crime film titled The Dead Sleep Easy.