Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob

Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob

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Overview

Hollywood Godfather is Gianni Russo's over-the-top memoir of a real-life mobster-turned-actor who helped make The Godfather a reality, and his story of life on the edge between danger and glamour.

Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny—played by James Caan—up for a hit. Russo didn't have to act—he knew the mob inside and out: from his childhood in Little Italy, where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing, to acting as a messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club.

Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who became his son's godfather, and Marlon Brando, who mentored his career as an actor after trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to fire him from The Godfather. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and scores of other celebrities. He went on to become a producer and starred in The Godfather: Parts I and II, Seabiscuit, Any Given Sunday and Rush Hour 2, among many other films.

Hollywood Godfather is a no-holds-barred account of a life filled with violence, glamour, sex—and fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250181398
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 12,389
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

GIANNI RUSSO has appeared in more than thirty movies, been involved in the production of several others, and appeared in numerous TV shows. His most well-known roles include parts in The Godfather: Parts I and II; Goodnight, My Love; Lepke; Laserblast; Chances Are; The Freshman; Side Out; Another You; Super Mario Bros.; Any Given Sunday; The Family Man; Seabiscuit; and Rush Hour 2. His life-long association with organized crime has made him a witness to Mob history. He is also a singer, whose shows are sold out across the country.

PATRICK PICCIARELLI is a retired NYPD Lieutenant, Vietnam veteran and private investigator. He is the author of Street Warrior: The True Story of the NYPD's Most Decorated Detective and the Era That Created Him, and other books. He resides in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 A Death in Sin City 5

2 A Childhood Lost 18

3 The Ambassador, Marilyn Monroe, and My Mafia Education Begins 41

4 My Involvement in the Crime of the Century 74

5 The Godfather 109

6 On the Set of the Godfather. Always Looking to Make a Score 137

7 Filming the Godfather 148

8 Markers 166

9 International Moneyman 186

10 Pablo Escobar Channels Michael Corleone 221

11 Sunday Sauce Was Never Like This 241

12 A Door Closes While another One Opens and Brando Lives a Nightmare 253

Epilogue 283

Index 287

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Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
B-loNY 10 months ago
Some parts are hard to believe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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