Frank Sivero

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Frank Sivero
Born (1952-01-06) January 6, 1952 (age 63)
Sicily, Italy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972–present

Frank Sivero (born Francesco LoGiudice, January 6, 1952) is an American character actor, perhaps best known for playing the roles of Genco Abbandando in Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II and Frankie Carbone (based on Angelo Sepe) in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.

Early life[edit]

Sivero was born Francesco LoGiudice in Siculiana, Sicily, Italy, and raised in Brooklyn, New York.[1]


Sivero can be seen as an extra in The Godfather as one of the witnesses to Sonny Corleone's brutal beating of his brother-in-law, Carlo. Director Martin Scorsese cast him as Frankie Carbone after seeing his performance in The Godfather Part II. He also appeared in the The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler.

The Simpsons lawsuit[edit]

Sivero has initiated a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios. The lawsuit, filed in October 2014, alleges that in 1989, while living in an apartment complex in Sherman Oaks next door to writers from The Simpsons and the writers knew he was working on his Goodfellas character. They state the writers "were aware the entire character of 'Frankie Carbone' was created and developed by Sivero, who based this character on his own personality."[2] Yet, a short time later, a character named Louie began appearing on The Simpsons. Louie has been described as a mafioso character second in command to Fat Tony and similar in appearance and mannerisms to Sivero, and his "likeness is being infringed in violation of California's publicity rights law.",[3][4]



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