"The Magic of Al Martino" (2001/EMI)
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[on how he secured the role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather
(1972)] Didn't the Don send Tom Hagen to convince Jack Woltz that Johnny Fontane must be in the movie? Isn't it similar to what I did? Woltz didn't want Johnny, and Coppola [Francis Ford Coppola
] didn't want me. There was no horse's head, but I had ammunition... I had to step on some toes to get people to realize that I was in the ...
Mob-related problems forced him to leave the U.S. for England for a time in the 1950s. He returned to the U.S. in 1958. His character in The Godfather
(1972), a mob-backed crooner, was supposedly based on Frank Sinatra
, yet contained parallels to his own life--he was dogged throughout his life by allegations that his career was due to his connections to mob bosses, and in fact admitted in an ...