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, best known for his portrayal of Virgil Sollozzo, in The Godfather.

Lettieri projected an aura of menace, ruthlessness and brooding malevolence in his film roles; which he attributed to his connection, through his brother-in-law, with real-life gangsters. His sister Jean was married to mobster Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli.[1]

He 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 acted with some of Hollywood's biggest screen names including 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 died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of 47, leaving two children.


  • 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


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  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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