An original member of the pack of brokers whose wild exploits were depicted in the 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Barry Gesser, has been found dead at his home in West Hollywood.
Gesser, 52, was a chief adviser to Jordan Belfort — the leader of the pack played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film — and consulted with director Martin Scorsese in developing the Oscar-nominated movie. Gesser also helped star Jonah Hill with his depiction of Donnie Azoff.
The cause of death has not been determined and is under investigation. While he had a history of drug use, no drugs or paraphernalia was found at the scene.
The former hedge fund manager pleaded guilty to stock fraud and racketeering charges after the Stratton Oakmont company’s penny stock scam collapsed in 1998. He got three years' probation and paid $2.1million.
In a scandal reminiscent of the excesses depicted in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Gesser was caught in bed with socialite Dori Cooperman in February — just two weeks after marrying actress Stacey Alysson.
The marriage did not last.