Business: Willie Sutton, Bankers' Friend

IN a lifetime of crime, Willie ("the Actor") Sutton robbed banks of almost $2,000,000 and went through more disguises than the Scarlet Pimpernel. During the course of one bank heist or another, Sutton, 69, who served 35 years in prison before being paroled last Christmas Eve, popped up in a variety of roles that included a policeman, a window washer, a bank guard and a Western Union messenger. Last week the Actor was at it again —this time with star billing in a television commercial for Connecticut's New Britain Bank & Trust Co.

The commercial promotes the bank's new Master Charge credit...