Hollywood Godfather

Hollywood Godfather

My Life in the Movies and the Mob

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"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." -- Amazon.com.
Publisher: 2019/03/12
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250181398
Call Number: 791.4302 RUSSO
Characteristics: 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Russo, Gianni, 1943-
Godfather (Motion picture)
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Mafia -- United States -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts.
PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Crime.
Additional Contributors: Picciarelli, Patrick - Author
Est. publishing date: 2019/03/12


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Jan 25, 2021

I just found it a fun read! He writes from his experience, his story & his voice... Very entertaining! I just might get the audio book just for the h*ll of it from reading GoldensRule's comment!

Sep 19, 2020

a matter of fact telling of stuff that happened to this guy who happens to be in key places when mafia folklore events go down. easy read, no regrets.

Oct 29, 2019

Don't listen to the dubious raters! Mr. Russo's fascinating life is an American success story. He is one of the most colorful and entertaining cast alumni from the original Godfather movie. He details his successful acting and business career, along with his own personal trials and tribulations. I read the printed book and listened to the CD audio book - I liked both, but the audio version was better because of his colorful and vivid delivery - highly recommended. *****

Aug 15, 2019

These tales strain credibility to the max and beyond, but it is an entertaining read.

Mar 22, 2019

A cast of characters! Interesting news about John Gotti, President John F. Kennedy & family, Marilyn Monroe, Oswald and Nancy Reagan. A definite read.

Marilyn Monroe! If you'll believe that, you'll believe anything.


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