Alfredo "Al" Lettieri (February 24, 1928 – October 18, 1975) was an 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.
Al Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather
February 24, 1928
|Died||October 18, 1975 (aged 47)|
An Italian American who spoke Italian fluently, Lettieri's 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 wrote the film adaptation that became the screenplay for the 1971 gangster movie Villain, which starred Richard Burton and Ian McShane. Lettieri played the very 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 film|
|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)|
|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".
- "Notes on Lettieri". The Sumter Daily Item. September 25, 1973. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- "'Mr. Majestyk' is more violence, more sexism". The Miami News. August 8, 1974. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- Al Lettieri at IMDb
- "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)
- Screen Anarchy, July 18 2018 - 70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder - Peter Martin
- Rotten Tomatoes - The Hired Gun (Vai Gorilla) (Go Gorilla Go), Cast