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Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather
Alfredo Lettieri [1]

(1928-02-24)February 24, 1928
DiedOctober 18, 1975(1975-10-18) (aged 47)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1958–1975

Alfredo Lettieri (February 24, 1928 – October 18, 1975) was an Italian-American actor and screenwriter. During his career, he acted with some of Hollywood's biggest screen stars, including Steve McQueen in The Getaway , [2] Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk , [3] John Wayne in McQ , [2] Richard Harris in The Deadly Trackers , Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney in Pulp , and Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather . [2] In most of those roles, he was cast as a villain and was sometimes credited as Anthony Lettieri. [4]



Lettieri was an Italian-American who spoke Italian fluently. His brother-in-law was Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli. [5] Married and divorced once, Lettieri died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of 47, leaving behind two children.


1950s to 1960s

Lettieri had a role in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse" as Arthur Strome. [6] At the age of 36, he had a role in the television film The Hanged Man (1964). [7]


Lettieri is best known for his role as Sicilian heroin trafficker Virgil Sollozzo in the 1972 American crime film The Godfather. This was the second film in which he and Marlon Brando had worked together, the first being The Night of the Following Day (1969).

He wrote the film adaptation that became the screenplay for the 1971 gangster movie Villain , which starred Richard Burton and Ian McShane. [8] [9] Lettieri played the henchman, Rudy Butler, in Steve McQueen's 1972 action film, The Getaway, and the menacing hit-man Frank Renda in the 1974 Charles Bronson film, Mr. Majestyk. [10] He played the part of Ciro Musante in the Tonino Valerii-directed 1976 film, Go Gorilla Go . [11]


1964 The Hanged Man AlTV movie
1965 Wild Seed (Fargo)Bartender(as Anthony Lettier)
1965 Dark Intruder (Black Cloak)2nd SergeantTV film, (as Anthony Lettier)
1966 After the Fox (as Anthony Lettier)
1967 The Bobo Eugenio Gomez
1969 The Night of the Following Day Pilot aka Al(as Al Lettier, though is also listed on the credita as Alfredo Letteri, associate producer)
1971 A Town Called Bastard La Bomba
1972 The Godfather Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo
1972 Pulp Miller
1972FootstepsZimmermanTV film
1972 The Getaway Rudy Butler
1973 The Don Is Dead (Beautiful But Deadly, The Deadly Kiss)Vince Fargo
1973 The Deadly Trackers Gutierrez, Mexican Policeman
1974 McQ Manny Santiago
1974 Mr. Majestyk Frank Renda
1975 Piedone a Hong Kong (aka Flatfoot Goes East, Flatfoot in Hong Kong)Frank Barella
1975Winner Take All ("Time Lock")Man at TrackTV series
1976Dublin Murders
1976 Vai Gorilla (Go Gorilla Go)Ciro Musante
1976 House of Pleasure for Women Eddie Mordace(final film role)

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  2. 1 2 3 "Notes on Lettieri". The Sumter Daily Item . September 25, 1973. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  3. "'Mr. Majestyk' is more violence, more sexism". The Miami News . August 8, 1974. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. Al Lettieri at IMDb
  5. "Meadow Soprano on Line One!" by Mark Seal, Vanity Fair , 26 February 2009
  6. - Al Lettieri
  7. AllMovie - The Hanged Man (1964)
  8. EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema, By Paul Moody - Page 112
  9. Rotten Tomatoes - Villain (1971)
  10. Screen Anarchy, July 18 2018 - 70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder - Peter Martin
  11. Rotten Tomatoes - The Hired Gun (Vai Gorilla) (Go Gorilla Go), Cast