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Richard S. Castellano (1933–1988)


Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was originally a construction company manager, then he gained... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Godfather Clemenza
(1972)
(1970)
The Gangster Chronicles Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria / Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
(1981)

Filmography

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 1982 Dear Mr. Wonderful
Agent
 1981 The Gangster Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria / Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.12 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.11 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.13 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.10 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.9 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
 1981 Gangster Wars
Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria
 1980 Night of the Juggler
Lt. Tonelli (as Richard Castellano)
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series)
Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
 1975-1976 Joe and Sons (TV Series)
Joe Vitale
- Jimmy Flynn's Wake (1976) ... Joe Vitale
- Thou Shalt Steal (1976) ... Joe Vitale
- Nick's Problem (1975) ... Joe Vitale
- Pot Luck (1975) ... Joe Vitale
- Clothes Don't Necessarily Make the Man (1975) ... Joe Vitale
 1973 Honor Thy Father (TV Movie)
Frank Labruzzo
 1973 Incident on a Dark Street (TV Movie)
Frank Romeo
 1972 The Super (TV Series)
Joe Girelli
- Joe's Extra Ticket (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- The Fat Cop (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- The Plague (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- Facts of Life (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- Joe's Affair (1972) ... Joe Girelli
 1972 The Godfather
Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
Frank Vecchio (as Richard Castellano)
 1969 The Choice (TV Movie)
 1968-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Attacker (1969)
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Bartender (uncredited)
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Friend
- The Shivering Pigeon (1966) ... Friend (as Richard Castellano)
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie)
Burly burglar
 1966 A Fine Madness
Arnold (as Richard Castellano)
 1965 Trois chambres à Manhattan
Angry American (uncredited)
 1963 Love with the Proper Stranger
Extra (uncredited)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
- Not Bad for Openers (1963) ... (as Richard Castellano)
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Bartender / Dock Worker / Onlooker Outside Apples' Apartment / ...
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
- The S.S. American Dream (1963) ... Onlooker Outside Apples' Apartment (uncredited)
- Go Fight City Hall (1962) ... Subway Token Buyer (uncredited)
- Idylls of a Running Back (1962) ... Motel Waiter (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Mike Downstairs. Comedy. See more »

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3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Richard Castellano

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on why he was not in The Godfather: Part II (1974)] I saw Clemenza as a teacher. He teaches how to make spaghetti, how to use the gun. [Coppola] can't tell me that Clemenza, after years of loyalty to the old man, would go in and testify against organized crime. Not unless you proved to me... that he had become a fearful man, that he had become a betrayer. The demands on me were impossible. I had... See more »

Trivia:

Specialized in playing overweight characters. His normal weight was about 200 pounds, but producers invariably insisted that he gain at least 50 pounds for roles. See more »

Nickname:

Richie

Star Sign:

Virgo

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