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Hollywood Tough Guy: Gianni Russo's Life in The Godfather and Beyond

Gianni Russo’s first acting job is widely considered his most memorable. He played Carlo Rizzi, the ill-fated son-in-law of Vito Corleone, in The Godfather. Since then, his career has spanned more than 40 films, including Lepke, Any Given Sunday and Seabiscuit, as well as numerous television roles.

Raised in New York’s Little Italy, Russo’s experience with the Mob began in his adolescence—delivering envelopes for Mafia boss Frank Costello.

During a special conversation on April 16, 2019 at The Mob Museum, Russo discussed his firsthand experience:

• On the set of The Godfather
• Working for “The Prime Minister” Frank Costello
• Fighting with actor James Caan
• And much more

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