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Hollywood Godfather

My Life in the Movies and the Mob
Narrated by: Gianni Russo
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author and includes a bonus conversation.

The over-the-top memoir of a real-life mobster-turned-actor who helped make The Godfather a reality, and his story of life on the edge between danger and glamour. 

Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, the husband of Connie Corleone, who set her brother Sonny - played by James Caan - up for a hit. Russo didn't have to act - he knew the mob inside and out: from his childhood in Little Italy, where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing, to acting as a messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club. 

Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra, who became his son's godfather, and Marlon Brando, who mentored his career as an actor after trying to get Francis Ford Coppola to fire him from The Godfather. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and scores of other celebrities. He went on to star in The Godfather: Parts I and II, Seabiscuit, Any Given Sunday, and Rush Hour 2, among many other films, and also acted as producer on several. Hollywood Godfather is his no-holds-barred account of a life lived on the edge. It is a story filled with violence, glamour, sex - and fun.

©2019 Gianni Russo (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gianni Russo walks the walk and talks the talk. What a life. Fascinating. A worthy read." (Robert De Niro)

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Amazing story

Gianni did an amazing job telling his story. Definitely worth reading and hearing him read it was an added bonus.

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If everything in this book is true; F-n-A!

Book was well written and easy to follow. I Listened all the way through in one sitting on a long car ride. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy all genres of books.

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Read this book.

This was the most interesting 10 hours you'll ever spend. Gross, hilarious, mind bending, Gianni Russo is the Forrest Gump of the wise guys, the Mafia, the Cosa Nostra.

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A great story a true Hollywood rollercoaster

what an amazing story! I could not imagine the life this man lived so far.

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untoppable stories.

narrated in true brooklynese accent...very original. seems impossible to be true, but would make a better movie then the godfather.

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Incredible

I’m still mulling over in my mind the information in this book. Once I started this book I listened to it any time I could. I finished in 3 days. If these are the types of books you enjoy, you will love this book.

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TOTALLY ENTERTAINING

Loved this book; so real and raw; I loved all the stories; I have never seen The Godfather and I have never heard of Gianni Russo. My favorite book 📖 and I have told everyone to listen to it.

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Great story

Really great book I have already listened to the audiobook twice. Gianni Russo’s life story is incredible!

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AMAZING STORY

I could not stop listening to this book once I started it. The author brings the story to life with his delivery and tone. If you loved the Godfather you will love this story.

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can shut it off

Great story with insights many regular folks will never understand. Actually it could be one of the best motivational books of a generation.