Gianni Russo

Movie Actor

Birthday December 12, 1943

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace New York City, NY

Age 79 years old

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Actor who played Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather and also appeared in Super Mario Bros., Any Given Sunday, and Seabiscuit. He starred in the 1990 film, The Freshman, with Marlon Brando.

Before Fame

He was born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island.


He released his Frank Sinatra-influenced musical album, Reflections, in 2004.

Family Life

He claimed to be related to the infamous Gambino Mafia family.

Associated With

Some people suspect that Russo was cast in The Godfather because a member of his Mafia-connected family told director Francis Ford Coppola to give him the role of Carlo Rizzi.