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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
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
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
About the Author 297