Fun Fact: Dale Cooper’s House In Rio Is Actually Al Capone’s Miami Beach Mansion

“That’s the only known photograph we have of Cooper in the last 25 years. That’s outside of Rio. His house. By the time we checked it out, it belonged to some girl from Ipanema.”
—Albert Rosenfield

Of course, this isn’t Cooper. It’s his doppelgänger aka Mr. C. But it’s not outside of Rio de Janeiro either. It’s actually a waterfront mansion in South Florida bought by gangster Al Capone in 1928 as a family retreat. On January 25, 1947, Capone died of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke in a small bedroom facing the driveway.

The house is the first hit when you do a Google Image search for “gangster house palm trees” and the actual prop photo was based specifically on this original picture of Al Capone’s grandniece, Deirdre Marie Capone.

Al Capone's mansion in Twin Peaks
Deirdre Marie Capone in front of Al Capone’s Miami Beach mansion

Dale Cooper was living in a gangster’s paradise!

Photograph of Dale Cooper at his house in Rio

Current owner?

And thanks to Marcos Liguori for this…

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City featuring Mr. C

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Written by Pieter Dom

Founder and curator of Welcome to Twin Peaks since 2011. Bobsessed since March 1991.


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