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Lenny Montana (1926–1992)

Tall and solidly built, this Italian-American professional wrestler turned actor was born Lenny Passaforo in Brooklyn, New York, and is best remembered for his first on-screen role as the not too bright but ever loyal bodyguard Luca Brasi in The Godfather (1972). Montana didn't get a lot of screen time before being eliminated by the henchmen of ... See full bio »

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The Godfather
The Godfather Luca Brasi
The Jerk
The Jerk Con Man
Battle Creek Brawl
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 1982 Blood Song
 1982 Pandemonium
 1982 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Marquis' Bodyguard
- Italian Ice (1982) ... Marquis' Bodyguard
 1981 ...All the Marbles
Jerome, Eddie's Bodyguard
 1981 Evilspeak
 1980 Battle Creek Brawl
 1980 Defiance
 1979 The Jerk
Con Man
 1979 Seven
The Kahuna
 1978 Matilda
Hood #1
 1978 Kojak (TV Series)
- In Full Command (1978) ... McCoy
 1978 Fingers
 1977 Contract on Cherry Street (TV Movie)
Phil Lombardi
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series)
Luca Brasi (uncredited)
 1976 Patty
The Racketeer
 1975 Strike Force (TV Movie)
New York Italian Dockworker (uncredited)
 1973 Search (TV Series)
Danny Ellis
- The 24 Carat Hit (1973) ... Danny Ellis
 1972 The Sixth Sense (TV Series)
- Through a Flame Darkly (1972) ... Barney
 1969 Change of Habit
Grocer (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (3 credits)
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6' 6" (1.98 m)

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Wrestled professionally under such colorful names as "The Zebra Kid" and "Chief Chickawicki" before turning to acting. See more »

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