History and Science

Here's The Story Of The Real-Life Gangster Who Starred In 'The Godfather'

Mel Baker

Published on 03-31-2020 by Mel Baker


Many movie fans consider that Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather is the greatest and most thrilling movie series ever made. Starred by Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, this enticing crime film centers on the Italian mafia in the United States. For those hardcore Godfather fans out there, did you know that one of the actors was part of the mafia in real life? That's right, we're talking about Gianni Russo, who portrayed the sniveling Rizzi in the first film of the series. But what's his story?

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