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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,[2] Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk,[3] John Wayne in McQ,[2] Richard Harris in The Deadly Trackers, Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney in Pulp, and Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather.[2] In most of those roles he was cast as a villain and was sometimes credited as Anthony Lettieri.[4]

Al Lettieri
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Al Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather
Born
Alfredo Lettieri[1]

(1928-02-24)February 24, 1928
DiedOctober 18, 1975(1975-10-18) (aged 47)
OccupationActor
Years active1958–75

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BackgroundEdit

An Italian American who spoke Italian fluently, Lettieri's brother-in-law was Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli.[5] Married and divorced once, Lettieri died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of 47, leaving behind two children.

CareerEdit

1950s to 1960sEdit

Lettieri had a role in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse" as Arthur Strome.[6] At the age of 36, he had a role in the television film The Hanged Man (1964).[7]

1970sEdit

Lettieri wrote the film adaptation that became the screenplay for the 1971 gangster movie Villain, which starred Richard Burton and Ian McShane.[8][9] Lettieri played the very menacing hit-man Frank Renda in the 1974 Charles Bronson film, Mr. Majestyk.[10] He played the part of Ciro Musante in the Tonino Valerii directed 1976 film, Go Gorilla Go.[11]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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 Pulp Miller
1972 Footsteps Zimmerman TV film
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 McQ Manny Santiago
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 Dublin Murders
1976 Vai Gorilla (Go Gorilla Go) Ciro Musante
1976 House of Pleasure for Women Eddie Mordace (final film role)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Person Details for Alfredo Lettieri, "U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014" — ancestry.com".
  2. ^ a b c "Notes on Lettieri". The Sumter Daily Item. September 25, 1973. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "'Mr. Majestyk' is more violence, more sexism". The Miami News. August 8, 1974. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  4. ^ Al Lettieri at IMDb
  5. ^ "Meadow Soprano on Line One!" by Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, 26 February 2009
  6. ^ Aveleyman.com - Al Lettieri
  7. ^ AllMovie - The Hanged Man (1964)
  8. ^ EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema, By Paul Moody - Page 112
  9. ^ Rotten Tomatoes - Villain (1971)
  10. ^ Screen Anarchy, July 18 2018 - 70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder - Peter Martin
  11. ^ Rotten Tomatoes - The Hired Gun (Vai Gorilla) (Go Gorilla Go), Cast

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