Al Lettieri

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Al Lettieri
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Al Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather
Born Alessandro Lettieri
(1928-02-24)February 24, 1928
New York City, USA
Died October 18, 1975(1975-10-18) (aged 47)
New York City, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1958–75

Alfred Lettieri (February 24, 1928 – October 18, 1975) was an American actor.

Lettieri's sister Jean was married to mobster Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli.[1]

Lettieri had a role in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse," playing Arthur Strome but credited with the name Anthony Lettier.

At the age of 36, he had a role in the television film The Hanged Man.

Lettieri eventually would act with some of Hollywood's biggest screen names, such as Steve McQueen in The Getaway,[2] Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk,[3] John Wayne in McQ[2] and both Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather.[2] Lettieri co-wrote the screenplay for the 1971 gangster movie Villain, which starred Richard Burton and Ian McShane.

He died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of 47, leaving behind two children.

Filmography[edit]

  • Dublin Murders (1975)
  • Bordella (1976) .... Eddie Mordace
  • Vai Gorilla (Go Gorilla Go) (1976) .... Ciro Musante
  • Winner Take All ("Time Lock") (1975) (TV) .... Man at Track
  • Piedone a Hong Kong (aka Flatfoot Goes East, Flatfoot in Hong Kong) (1975) .... Frank Barella
  • Mr. Majestyk (1974) .... Frank Renda
  • McQ (1974) .... Manny Santiago
  • The Deadly Trackers (1973) .... Gutierrez, Mexican Policeman
  • The Don Is Dead (Beautiful But Deadly, The Deadly Kiss) (1973) .... Vince
  • The Getaway (1972) .... Rudy Butler
  • Footsteps (Foosteps: Nice Guys Finish Last, Nice Guys Finish Last) (1972) (TV) .... Zimmerman
  • Pulp (1972) .... Miller
  • The Godfather (1972) .... Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo
  • A Town Called Bastard (1971) .... La Bomba
  • The Night of the Following Day (1968) (as Al Lettier) .... Pilot aka Al
  • The Bobo (1967) .... Eugenio Gomez
  • Dark Intruder (Black Cloak) (1965) (as Anthony Lettier) .... 2nd Sergeant
  • Wild Seed (Fargo) (1965) (as Anthony Lettier) .... Bartender
  • The Hanged Man (1964) .... Al

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meadow Soprano on Line One!" by Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, 26 February 2009
  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. 

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