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Frank Costello (III) (1891–1973)

Frank Costello was born Francisco Castiglia in Cosenza, Italy, in 1891. His family moved to New York, and as a young man he joined the local Mafia gang. When the "Castellamarese War" between gang bosses Giuseppe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano ended, Costello was one of the few who were held in high respect. Maranzano feared the young men who ... See full bio »

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 1951 Kefauver Investigation (Documentary)
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 2013 America's Book of Secrets (TV Series)
- The Mafia (2013) ... Himself (uncredited)
 2012 Cuba, Batista et la mafia (Documentary)
 2012 10 Things You Don't Know About (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Mobster
- The Mormons (2012) ... Himself - Mobster
 2011 Prohibition (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- A Nation of Scofflaws (2011) ... Himself
 2011 Inspector America (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Prime Ministir of the Underwater
- Dam This City (2011) ... Himself - Prime Ministir of the Underwater
 2007-2008 Mobsters (TV Series)
- Tommy Lucchese (2008) ... Himself
- Meyer Lansky (2007) ... Himself
- Frank Costello (2007) ... Himself
 2007 Undercover History (TV Series)
Himself, mobster
- J. Edgar Hoover (2007) ... Himself, mobster
 1996-2005 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Lucky Luciano: Chairman of the Mob (1996) ... Himself
 2004 Dead Men's Secrets (TV Series documentary)
 1999 The Rat Pack (TV Series documentary)
 1999 Analyze This
 1996 The Real Las Vegas (TV Series documentary)
 1993 American Justice: Target - Mafia (TV Mini-Series documentary)

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Mario Puzo modeled the character of Don Vito Corleone in his book "The Godfather" on New York mob bosses Frank Costello (January 21, 1891 - February 18, 1973), who was nicknamed the "Prime Minister of the Mob" for his deft handling of La Cosa Nostra, and Vito Genovese (November 27, 1897 - February 14, 1969), a brutal man who almost achieved his dream of making himself "capo di tutti capi" ("Boss ... See more »


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