Gianni Russo
Legendary actor and singer

Gianni Russo is the real-life mobster-turned-actor and professional singer best known for his portrayal of Carlo Rizzi opposite Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in The Godfather. His over-the-top memoir, Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob, is the story of his colorful life on the edge between danger and glamour.

Gianni Russo has appeared in more than thirty movies, been involved in the production of several others, and appeared in numerous TV shows. His most well-known roles include parts in The Godfather: Parts I and IIGoodnight, My LoveLepkeLaserblastChances Are; The Freshman; Side Out; Another You; Super Mario Bros.; Any Given Sunday; The Family Man; Seabiscuit; and Rush Hour 2. His life-long association with organized crime has made him a witness to Mob history. He is also a singer whose shows are sold out across the country.

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Hollywood GodfatherMy Life in the Movies and the Mob
St. Martin's Press

Hollywood Godfather is Gianni Russo's over-the-top memoir of a real-life mobster-turned-actor who helped make The Godfather a reality, and his story of life on the edge between danger and glamour.

Hollywood Godfather While Gianni’s show business career is well documented, his ability to succeed in business, his years of association with the Mafia, the Hollywood scene, and international dealings with godfathers, popes, and presidents are less known. In his captivating and entertaining presentations, Gianni shares his personal hardships and eventual phenomenal success in the business world despite little formal education, inspiring audiences to shoot for their own crazy dreams.

Watch Gianni Russo’s  Fox interview on his encounters with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, and Pablo Escobar.

Read Gianni Russo’s thoughts on who killed Marilyn Monroe in the New York Post.