Richard S. Castellano Biography

Birthday: 1933-09-04
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was originally a construction company manager, then he gained work with the New Yiddish Theatre, before breaking into film near his thirtieth birthday. However in 1970, in only his fourth film, Castellano received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) and came to the attention of casting agents for The Godfather (1972). After his strong showing as a tough hoodlum in The Godfather (1972), he became somewhat typecast as a screen criminal and appeared in further crime films including Honor Thy Father (1973) (TV) and Gangster Wars (1981). He died in December 1988 from a heart attack at the age of 55.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Joe and Sons Joe Vitale 1975 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Lovers and Other Strangers Frank Vecchio 1970 Comedy
The Godfather Clemenza 1972 Crime, Drama
Godfather Clemenza 1972 Crime, Drama
Gangster Wars Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria 1981 Crime, History