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Publisher's Summary

The rollicking adventures of a real-life mobster turned actor who helped make The Godfather a reality.

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 mob hit, which led to one of the most unforgettable moments in cinema. 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, acting as messenger for New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello during the Kennedy assassination, to being forced on the lam after shooting 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, had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and scores of other stars, all the while walking the tightrope of mob life.

A no-holds-barred roller-coaster ride of life lived on the edge: shocking,  thoroughly entertaining, full of glamour, sex, violence, cheek -  and fun.

©2019 Gianni Russo and Patrick Picciarelli (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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AMAZING, GRIPPING STORY

Amazing story. A nice inside of the mob and an Hollywood classic. You will not be disappointed

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Amazing story

The story and the way it’s written is fantastic however the narration sounds like it’s was written by someone else (which it is) and is being read by Gianni Russo as though he’s reading a book report in class. While the story and book overall is great, it would be better if it was narrated in the same way as he tells it in interviews etc. in his natural and fun way of speaking. I absolutely recommend this book though.

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best story I've heard on here so far

wow does this guy know how to tell his story this was so captivating I'm so glad I came here to learn more after Gianni went on djvlad for an interview and told a small part of the story

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Interesting read

I loved this audio book, Gianni’s voice is intoxicating and his stories were amazing. What a life he lived.

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A Little Embellished But a Good Read (Listen)

Young Gianni, like most in his profession, tends to embellish his life stories, but in all Hollywood Godfather by Gianni is a good read (listen).
I actually downloaded Hollywood Godfather in error as there are two books with the same title but do not regret doing so.
I listen to it all in 2 days and found it entertaining.

Entertaining, Spicy and very Hollywood.....narcissistic, but ...........

Also recommended: Hollywood Godfather, The Life, and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson

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This book encouraged me to watch the movie, The Godfather, well i now understand why i haven't been bothered to watch it before now. This book does not seem to have much body to it is all over the place and hard to get interested in.

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