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Gianni Russo (I)

With a singularly nebulous background, which, by his account, included stints as a Las Vegas nightclub emcee, radio personality and jewelry tycoon, and with comparatively little acting experience, Gianni Russo won the role of Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather (1972) on the basis of his screen test. Since then, Russo has remained busy as an actor, ... See full bio »
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 2015 Minkow
Derek Lewis
 2013 Send No Flowers
Johnny Pisano
 2005 Meet the Mobsters
 2004 After the Sunset
Clippers Fan
 2002 Red Dragon
 2001 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
- History (2001)
 2001 Rush Hour 2
Red Dragon Pit Boss
 2001 Harvard Man
Andrew Bandolini
 2001 3000 Miles to Graceland
Money Cart Guard
 2001 18 Wheels of Justice (TV Series)
Sal Cigar Signorelli
- Amore... Omerta (2001) ... Sal Cigar Signorelli
 2000 Rope Art
Sen. Bob Krause
 1999 Any Given Sunday
Christina's Advisor
 1999 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Morris Foley
- Special Witness (1999) ... Morris Foley
 1998 Circles
Howard Thomas - Jeremy's father
 1996 Striptease
Willy Rojo
 1995 P.C.H. (TV Movie)
Jake Mondello
 1993 Renegade (TV Series)
Don Carmine Bendetti
- The Rabbit and the Fox (1993) ... Don Carmine Bendetti
 1993 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Tony 'Toe Tag' Torino
- To Serve and Protect (1993) ... Tony 'Toe Tag' Torino
 1993 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
Larry Raddick
- Crumbling Systems (1993) ... Larry Raddick
 1993 Time Trax (TV Series)
- The Contender (1993) ... Vince
 1992 The Hat Squad (TV Series)
- Rest in Peace (1992) ... Fortunata
 1992 Stay Tuned
 1990-1991 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Tony LaMarta / Sam Lavianno
- Two Different Worlds (1991) ... Tony LaMarta
- I'll Dance at Your Wedding (1990) ... Sam Lavianno
 1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (TV Movie)
Marco Sabatini
 1991 Another You
 1991 Silverfox (TV Movie)
Klaus Gerhardt
 1991 The Great Pretender (TV Movie)
Davey DeSapio
 1991 Out for Justice
 1990 Over My Dead Body (TV Series)
Frank Moraza
- Dad and Buried (1990) ... Frank Moraza
 1990 The Freshman
Maitre D' Gourmet Club
 1990 Side Out
Dick Sydney
 1990 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Sam Farina
- The Blind Man's Bluff Mystery (1990) ... Sam Farina
 1989 Hardball (TV Series)
 1989 Chances Are
Anthony Bonino
 1988 Hunter (TV Series)
Tony Rondino
- Naked Justice: Part 2 (1988) ... Tony Rondino
- Naked Justice: Part 1 (1988) ... Tony Rondino
 1987 Wiseguy (TV Series)
David 'Dave' Steelgrave
- Pilot (1987) ... David 'Dave' Steelgrave
 1986 The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (TV Movie)
Card player
 1984 Riptide (TV Series)
- Pilot (1984) ... Straightaway
 1981 The Greatest American Hero (TV Series)
Johnny Damanti
- The Hit Car (1981) ... Johnny Damanti
 1979 Winter Kills
 1978 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Johnny Bongard / Gianni Tedesco
- Local Man Eaten by Newspaper (1978) ... Johnny Bongard
- Dwarf in a Helium Hat (1978) ... Gianni Tedesco
 1978 Kojak (TV Series)
Russ Barton
- 60 Miles to Hell (1978) ... Russ Barton
 1978 Laserblast
Tony Craig
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series)
Carlo Rizzi (uncredited)
 1975 The Four Deuces
Chip Morono - the 'Deuce of Clubs'
 1974 The Godfather: Part II
 1973 The Bait (TV Movie)
Gianni Ruggeri
 1972 Goodnight, My Love (TV Movie)
Michael Tarlow
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After gaining his debut role in The Godfather (1972) , Russo hinted to journalists that he had used real-life Mafia connections to get the part. Author Mario Puzo poured scorn on this claim, saying that if he really had done this, he would have been murdered for revealing the fact. See more »

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