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Al Lettieri
Lettieri as Virgil Sollozzo in The Godfather
Alfredo Lettieri[1]

(1928-02-24)February 24, 1928
DiedOctober 18, 1975(1975-10-18) (aged 47)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1958–1975

Alfredo Lettieri (February 24, 1928 – October 18, 1975) was an American actor. Active during the 1960s and 1970s, he commonly portrayed villainous characters. He achieved recognition for his performance as mobster Virgil Sollozzo in the crime film The Godfather (1972) and appeared in several other productions alongside Hollywood's biggest screen stars.

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Lettieri was an Italian-American who spoke Italian fluently. His brother-in-law was Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli.[2]


1950s to 1960s

Lettieri had a role in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse" as Arthur Strome.[3] At the age of 36, he had a role in the television film The Hanged Man (1964).[4]

Before his notable film roles materialized, Lettieri offered his services as a dialogue coach on five productions including the 1968 wartime classic Where Eagles Dare. He was credited variously "Alfredo Lettieri" and "Al Lettier" during this phase of his career.[5]


Lettieri is best known for his role as Sicilian heroin trafficker Virgil Sollozzo in the 1972 American crime film The Godfather. This was the second film in which he and Marlon Brando worked together, the first being The Night of the Following Day (1969).[citation needed]

He wrote the film adaptation that became the screenplay for the 1971 gangster movie Villain, which starred Richard Burton and Ian McShane.[6][7] Lettieri played the brutal, libidinous henchman Rudy Butler in Steve McQueen's 1972 action film, The Getaway,[8] and the menacing hit-man Frank Renda in the 1974 Charles Bronson film, Mr. Majestyk.[9][10] He played Ciro Musante in Go Gorilla Go (1976).[11]


Lettieri died of a heart attack in 1975, aged 47, in New York City.


Year Title Role Notes
1964 The Hanged Man Al TV movie
1965 Wild Seed Bartender a.k.a. Fargo (as Anthony Lettier)
1965 Dark Intruder 2nd Sergeant TV movie, a.k.a. Black Cloak (as Anthony Lettier)
1966 After the Fox (as Anthony Lettier)
1967 The Bobo Eugenio Gomez
1969 The Night of the Following Day Pilot Al (as Al Lettier, though is also listed on the credits as Alfredo Letteri, associate producer)
1971 A Town Called Bastard La Bomba
1971 Villain screenplay adaptation
1972 The Godfather Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo
1972 Pulp Miller
1972 Footsteps Zimmerman TV movie
1972 The Getaway Rudy Butler
1973 The Don Is Dead Vince Fargo a.k.a. Beautiful But Deadly, a.k.a. The Deadly Kiss
1973 The Deadly Trackers Gutierrez, Mexican Policeman
1974 McQ Manny Santiago
1974 Mr. Majestyk Frank Renda
1975 Piedone a Hong Kong Frank Barella a.k.a. Flatfoot Goes East, a.k.a. Flatfoot in Hong Kong
1975 Winner Take All Man at Track Episode: "Time Lock"
1976 Dublin Murders
1976 Go Gorilla Go Ciro Musante
1976 House of Pleasure for Women Eddie Mordace


  1. ^ "Person Details for Alfredo Lettieri, "U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014" —".
  2. ^ "Meadow Soprano on Line One!" by Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, 26 February 2009
  3. ^ - Al Lettieri
  4. ^ AllMovie - The Hanged Man (1964)
  5. ^ "Al Lettieri | Actor, Additional Crew, Writer". IMDb. Retrieved 2024-03-20.
  6. ^ EMI Films and the Limits of British Cinema, By Paul Moody - Page 112
  7. ^ Rotten Tomatoes - Villain (1971)
  8. ^ "Notes on Lettieri". The Sumter Daily Item. September 25, 1973. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  9. ^ Screen Anarchy, July 18, 2018 - 70s Rewind: MR. MAJESTYK, Melons, Migrants and Murder - Peter Martin
  10. ^ "'Mr. Majestyk' is more violence, more sexism". The Miami News. August 8, 1974. Retrieved September 21, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Rotten Tomatoes - The Hired Gun (Vai Gorilla)(Go Gorilla Go), Cast

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