Hollywood Godfather is Gianni Russo’s over-the-best memoir of an actual-lifestyles mobster-became-actor who helped make The Godfather a fact, and his tale of lifestyles at the aspect among threat and glamour.

Gianni Russo used to be a good-looking 25-yr-vintage mobster without a appearing revel in while he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood historical past. He performed Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny―performed via James Caan―up for successful. Russo did not must act―he knew the mob inside and outside: from his adolescence in Little Italy, the place Mafia legend Frank Costello took him below his wing, to appearing as a messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello throughout the Kennedy assassination, to having to head at the lam after taking pictures and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas membership.

Alongside the way in which, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who changed into his son’s godfather, and Marlon Brando, who mentored his occupation as an actor after seeking to get Francis Ford Coppola to fireplace him from The Godfather. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and rankings of alternative celebrities. He went directly to transform a manufacturer and starred in The Godfather: Portions I and II, Seabiscuit, Any Given Sunday and Rush Hour 2, amongst many different movies.

Hollywood Godfather is a no-holds-barred account of a lifestyles stuffed with violence, glamour, intercourse―and a laugh.