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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carmine Caridi was born on January 23, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and The Money Pit (1986). He died on May 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Trivia (8)

Honed his acting ability by performing in plays given by the boys club, which was located near his home, in the lower east side of Manhattan.
Named as a "person of interest" by the FBI looking into illegal copies of recently released films appearing on the Internet. Various studios traced the Internet copies of these films to Caridi, a member of the Academy who was supposed to use them for Oscar screening purposes. Russell William Sprague, 51, was subsequently arrested at his home in Homewood, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, where agents discovered hundreds of Academy screeners, many of them Caridi's, for recent and current movies in a search of his residence. Caridi denied receiving any money for the screeners. Caridi claimed that he thought Sprague was a "film buff" and had no knowledge that Sprague had duplicated the tapes. [January 2004]
Became the first member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be expelled on Tuesday, Feb. 3 2004, under its new anti-piracy agreement.
Was Francis Ford Coppola's first choice to play Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972).
Was considered for the role of Paulie in Rocky (1976).
As of 2014, has appeared in three movies that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (coincidentally, all of them are films involving gangsters): The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and Bugsy (1991). Of those, The Godfather: Part II (1974) won in the category.
To date (3 May 2017), Caridi shares the dubious distinction with Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, and Bill Cosby of being the only members of the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to have had their membership revoked.
Friends with Chazz Palminteri.

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