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Richard S. Castellano (1933–1988)


Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was originally a construction company manager, then he gained... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Godfather
The Godfather Clemenza
(1972)
Lovers and Other Strangers
(1970)
Joe and Sons
Joe and Sons Joe Vitale
(1975-1976)
Night of the Juggler
Night of the Juggler Lt. Tonelli
(1980)

Filmography

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 1982 Dear Mr. Wonderful
Agent
 1980 Night of the Juggler
Lt. Tonelli (as Richard Castellano)
 1973 Honor Thy Father (TV Movie)
Frank Labruzzo
 1973 Incident on a Dark Street (TV Movie)
Frank Romeo
 1972 The Godfather
Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
Frank Vecchio (as Richard Castellano)
 1969 The Choice (TV Movie)
 1968-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Attacker (1969)
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Bartender (uncredited)
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Friend
- The Shivering Pigeon (1966) ... Friend (as Richard Castellano)
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie)
Burly burglar
 1966 A Fine Madness
Arnold
 1965 Three Rooms in Manhattan
Angry American (uncredited)
 1963 Love with the Proper Stranger
Extra (uncredited)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
- Not Bad for Openers (1963) ... (as Richard Castellano)
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Bartender / Dock worker / Onlooker Outside Apples' Apartment / ...
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Dock worker (uncredited)
- The S.S. American Dream (1963) ... Onlooker Outside Apples' Apartment (uncredited)
- Go Fight City Hall (1962) ... Subway Token Buyer (uncredited)
- Idylls of a Running Back (1962) ... Motel Waiter (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Castellano

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on why he was not in The Godfather: Part II (1974)] I saw Clemenza as a teacher. He teaches how to make spaghetti, how to use the gun. [Coppola] can't tell me that Clemenza, after years of loyalty to the old man, would go in and testify against organized crime. Not unless you proved to me... that he had become a fearful man, that he had become a betrayer. The demands on me were impossible. I had... See more »

Trivia:

Was nominated for Broadway's 1969 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) a part he recreated in an Oscar nominated performance in the film version of the same name, Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). See more »

Nickname:

Richie

Star Sign:

Virgo

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