Alfredo Lettieri (February 24, 1928 – October 18, 1975) was an American actor. Active during the 1960s and 70's until his death, he commonly portrayed villainous characters. He achieved recognition for his performance as mobster Virgil Sollozzo in the crime film The Godfather (1972) and appeared in several other productions alongside Hollywood's biggest screen stars.
February 24, 1928
New York City, U.S.
|Died||October 18, 1975 (aged 47)|
New York City, U.S.
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.
1950s to 1960sEdit
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 credits 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)|
- "Person Details for Alfredo Lettieri, "U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014" — ancestry.com".
- "Meadow Soprano on Line One!" by Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, 26 February 2009
- Aveleyman.com - Al Lettieri
- AllMovie - The Hanged Man (1964)
- EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema, By Paul Moody - Page 112
- Rotten Tomatoes - Villain (1971)
- "Notes on Lettieri". The Sumter Daily Item. September 25, 1973. Retrieved September 21, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Screen Anarchy, July 18, 2018 - 70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder - Peter Martin
- "'Mr. Majestyk' is more violence, more sexism". The Miami News. August 8, 1974. Retrieved September 21, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Rotten Tomatoes - The Hired Gun (Vai Gorilla) (Go Gorilla Go), Cast