Richard S. Castellano (1933–1988)


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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)
The Godfather Saga Peter Clemenza
(1977)

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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 Saga (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 Three Rooms in 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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Active on Broadway in the following productions: See more »

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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:

In the DVD commentary of The Godfather (1972), Francis Ford Coppola says that Castellano was not in The Godfather: Part II (1974) because he wanted to have someone else (of his choosing) write his dialogue. According to Castellano's widow, Ardell Sheridan, Castellano was dropped by Coppola because refused to regain the weight to play Clemenza due to health reasons. See more »

Nickname:

Richie

Star Sign:

Virgo

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