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Hollywood Godfather


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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 II; Goodnight, My Love; Lepke; Laserblast; Chances 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. PATRICK PICCIARELLI is a retired NYPD Lieutenant, Vietnam veteran and private investigator. He is the author of Street Warrior: The True Story of the NYPD's Most Decorated Detective and the Era That Created Him, and other books. He resides in Pennsylvania.


Gianni Russo walks the walk and talks the talk. What a life. Fascinating. A worthy read. --Robert De Niro, two-time Academy Award-winning actor "Gianni Russo has seen a lot, done a lot, and tells it all. Amazing."--Nick Pileggi, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of Goodfellas "Gianni Russo is a true character who has led a most colorful life."--Gay Talese, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Recounting a life that reads like a narrative for a mob-movie script, a mobster, actor, and Las Vegas presence delivers numerous eye-opening revelations about national and world events...Russo is an engaging raconteur. --Kirkus Reviews

"In this robust, fast-paced memoir, Russo describes his life going from being a real-life mobster to landing a role playing one in The Godfather...[his] exhilarating memoir packs a punch." --Publishers Weekly Russo tells a fascinating story about how a kid from New York's Little Italy grew up to be a genuine mobster (and actor, singer, and restaurateur)...it's a hell of a story either way, and Russo comes across as a hell of an interesting guy. --Booklist Russo's writing style reads like narration from Goodfellas...Fans of mob movies and unlikely success stories will find Russo's account compelling. --Library Journal

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