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‘The Godfather’ 43 Years Later

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Gianni Russo

His Character: Carlo Rizzi

After running into trouble with the law, Nevada native Carlo Rizzi flees to New York, where he meets a young man named Sonny Corleone, who in turn introduces him to his future wife, Connie Corleone. The two marry, despite initial reservations from Connie's father, Don Vito Corleone. Carlo regularly abuses his wife, for which he receives a righteous beatdown from Sonny. Unhappy about his public shaming, Carlo arranges for Sonny's assassination with Emilio Barzini. It takes seven years, but Rizzi eventually gets what's coming to him.

Life Beyond 'The Godfather':

Russo's off-screen life is nearly as fascinating as that of the character he portrayed in "The Godfather." Russo claims to have real-life mafia ties with the Gambino family, and says he has personally known three popes and five presidents, and lists Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Zsa Zsa Gabor among his former lovers. The 71-year-old actor has starred in dozens of films, including "Seabiscuit," "The Freshman" and "Any Given Sunday" alongside "Godfather" co-star Al Pacino. Russo recently made an appearance in 2013's "Send No Flowers," a film about a mafia power grab.-XFINITY Entertainment Staff

(Photos: Paramount; Bryan Bedder, Getty Images)

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