Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather
February 24, 1928
New York City, U.S.
|Died||October 18, 1975 47) (aged|
New York City, U.S.
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 ,Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk , John Wayne in McQ , Richard Harris in The Deadly Trackers , Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney in Pulp , and Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather . In most of those roles, he was cast as a villain and was sometimes credited as Anthony Lettieri.
Lettieri was an Italian-American who spoke Italian fluently. His brother-in-law was Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli.Married and divorced once, Lettieri died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of 47, leaving behind two children.
Lettieri had a role in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse" as Arthur Strome.At the age of 36, he had a role in the television film The Hanged Man (1964).
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.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. He played the part of Ciro Musante in the Tonino Valerii-directed 1976 film, Go Gorilla Go .
|1964||The Hanged Man||Al||TV movie|
|1965||Wild Seed (Fargo)||Bartender||(as Anthony Lettier)|
|1965||Dark Intruder (Black Cloak)||2nd Sergeant||TV 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||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||Mr. Majestyk||Frank Renda|
|1975||Piedone a Hong Kong (aka Flatfoot Goes East, Flatfoot in Hong Kong)||Frank Barella|
|1975||Winner Take All ("Time Lock")||Man at Track||TV series|
|1976||Vai Gorilla (Go Gorilla Go)||Ciro Musante|
|1976||House of Pleasure for Women||Eddie Mordace||(final film role)|
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