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‘The Godfather’ 42 Years Later

Richard Castellano

His Character: Peter Clemenza

Clemenza serves as capo for Don Vito Corleone and is one of the Godfather’s closest friend and allies. Clemenza is key to several big moments in “The Godfather.” He teaches Michael Corleone how to use a gun prior to the latter’s assassination of Virgil Sollozzo and Police Captain McCluskey. He also takes out treasonous family member Carlo Rizzi, and offers one of the film’s most memorable lines after one of his henchmen murders another: "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

Life Beyond ‘The Godfather’:

Castellano’s most memorable role may have come prior to the “Godfather” series. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the 1970 comedy “Lovers and Other Strangers” (pictured above right). He died of a heart attack in 1988.-XFINITY Entertainment Staff



(Photos: Paramount; ABC)



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