American con artist who became popular in the 1980s after milking a group of people from Manhattan out of thousands of dollars by pretending he was Sidney Poitier's son.
He moved to New York City in 1981 and in an attempt to enter Studio 54, he decided to pose as Sidney Poitier's son which led to him fooling many people out of money.
His past inspired the 1990 play and film, Six Degrees of Separation, which starred Will Smith.
He was raised as the eldest son of an attorney.
He persuaded Melanie Griffith to let him stay at her house and give him money.