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Amerigo Bonasera
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Born 1885[1]
Affiliation Corleone family
Title(s) Associate
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Salvatore Corsitto
Rod Gnapp (voice)
"I believe in America. America has made my fortune."
―Amerigo Bonasera[src]

Amerigo Bonasera was a funeral parlour owner who moved to America in search of prosperity.

BiographyEdit

Bonasera was a longtime acquaintance of Vito Corleone. However, unlike many of the other residents of the Corleones' Little Italy neighborhood, he was unwilling to accept Don Corleone's friendship, believing that his newfound paradise would be jeopardized if word got out that he was in debt to the Mafia. Despite this, Corleone's wife Carmela became godmother to Bonasera's daughter Maria.

Help from the GodfatherEdit

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Bonasera embalms Sonny Corleone.

Life took an unexpected turn for Bonasera when his daughter was assaulted and badly beaten by her new American boyfriend Kevin Moonan, and his brutish college friend Jerry Wagner, who attemped to take advantage of her and failed. Much to Bonasera's chagrin, the two men were released on a suspended sentence. Enraged and embarrased, Bonasera visited Don Corleone on the day of Connie's wedding and asked for justice.

Justice, in Bonasera's view, meant killing the two young men. But the Don refused, pointing out that Bonasera's daughter was still alive. "Let them suffer, then, as she suffers", Bonasera replied, and then offered to pay the Don for meting out this suffering.

The Don chastised Bonasera for not wanting to be in his debt, and for coming to him on the day of his daughter's wedding and asking him to commit murder for money. He also gently reprimanded Bonasera for attempting to seek justice through the courts first, as he ought to have first sought aid from him. But after chastising him, the Don agreed to grant a favor of justice in return for Bonasera's "friendship" and the respectful address of "Godfather." Bonasera readily consented, kissing the Don's hand.

Vito entrusted the task to Peter Clemenza, who sent Paulie Gatto and two enforcers (one of whom was Nick Geraci) to deal with the youths. They were beaten to bloody pulps, and Bonasera, upon viewing this news in the next morning's paper, proclaimed ever-lasting friendship with Don Corleone.

When he finally agreed to help Bonasera, Don Corleone said that he expected Bonasera would render him a service in return. That time came two years later, when the Don called upon Bonasera to perform the embalming of Sonny Corleone. Bonasera complied, despite still harbouring concerns about his alliance with the Don. He later owned a funeral parlour in Brooklyn, possibly at the site of the formerly derelict St. Michael Archangel.

The video gameEdit

"I hope Don Corleone is happy with our arrangement."
―Amerigo Bonasera[src]

Bonasera makes a cameo appearance in The Godfather: The Game, portrayed by Rod Gnapp. He has the same character model as Tito Morelli but with Jerry the Spaniard's head. In the video game, Aldo Trapani and Marty Malone were sent with Paulie Gatto to deal with the two youths who beat up Bonasera's daughter.

Behind the scenesEdit

Bonasera was initially going to be played by Frank Puglia.

Notes and referencesEdit

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