Italian-American novelist and screenwriter whose Mafia novel, The Godfather, was adapted into
He served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II and graduated from the City College of New York. He published his first short story, The Last Christmas, in 1950.
He was greatly influenced by Russian novelist
He grew up in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. In 1921, he married Erika Puzo, with whom he went on to have three sons and two daughters.