Gianni Russo
Legendary Actor, 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.

Listen to the Fox News podcast with Ashley Webster and Gianni Russo.

Red Carpet Crash reviews Gianni Russo’s memoir Hollywood Godfather.

Men’s Journal revealed the secret history of The Godfather.

Read “How to Become a Las Vegas Hotel Magnate” featuring Gianni Russo on Crime Reads.

Vice sat down with Gianni Russo to discuss his life experiences as a mobster and actor.

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

Portland Podcast spoke with Gianni Russo about his newest memoir Hollywood Godfather.

Page Six reveals what it was like for Gianni Russo to realize his co-author of Hollywood Godfather was a former cop.

Read a review on Hollywood Godfather on Clutter.

Kirkus Reviews dissect Russo’s Hollywood Godfather.

Mark Blake sat down with Gianni Russo on The Tom Barnard Podcast.

Fox Business shared Gianni Russo’s mob ties to Marilyn Monroe’s death.

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

Gianni Russo explains how he claims to know how John F Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe died.

Praise for Hollywood Godfather "Russo is an engaging raconteur, no doubt about it, but skeptics may raise eyebrows—carefully so."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Gianni Russo built an action-filled life with not much more than his wits and drive for success, and now he's turned it into an fascinating book."
- Clutter

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