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Fredo Corleone
Frederico Corleone
Biographical Information
Aliases Fred, Fredo, Freddie, Carl Fredericks
Gender Male
Born 1919[1]
Hell's Kitchen, New York, U.S.
Died 1960[1]
Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.
Affiliation Corleone family
Title(s) Underboss
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by John Cazale
Andrew Moxham (voice)
John Mariano (voice)
"I'm your older brother, Mike, and I was stepped over!"
―Fredo Corleone[src]

Frederico 'Fredo' Corleone was the middle Corleone brother.

BiographyEdit

Fredo was born to Vito and Carmela Corleone in 1919. In his youth he was a sickly child, contracting pneumonia as a baby. Growing up, he was an agressive young man, despite briefly wishing to become a priest after meeting Father Stefano, but it was believed that Stefano molested him.

Fredo and the FamilyEdit

As an adult he was seen as the weakest of the three brothers and was given relatively unimportant business to run. However, he was also known as a charismatic young man, and was usually sent to pick important people up at the airport and entertain them before business meetings.

Move to NevadaEdit

"Michael, you don't come to Las Vegas and talk to a man like Moe Greene like that!"
"Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you, but don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again, ever.
"
―Fredo Corleone and Michael Corleone[src]
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Fredo in Las Vegas.

Fredo later moved to Las Vegas and was taken by Moe Greene as a favor to the family, who were funded by Anthony Molinari from the West Coast. Greene never treated Fredo as an equal partner however, becoming irritated by Fredo's womanizing activities, and even put him in danger by having him dispose of a business partner's body. In the process Fredo's car was impounded in New Jersey and had to be disposed of by Aldo Trapani, acting on assistance from Detective Campbell.

When Moe refused to sell out to Michael, Fredo attempted to defend him and was told never to side against the family again. Greene was later killed in 1955. Fredo's behavior in Vegas was considered embarassing, largely because of his notorious sexual habit of impregnating showgirls and prostitutes.

Life after Las VegasEdit

Fredo was appointed sotto capo, or underboss, by his brother, an appointment that was seen as unqualified nepotism. Michael Corleone's rivals, chiefly Louie Russo, the mob boss of Chicago, hoped to exploit this rumor of Fredo's child molestation to make Michael look weak. In Las Vegas, he met Marguerite Duvall, who was sent up to his room by Johnny Fontane as a prank. Though hesitant at first, they had sex, and Fredo paid her three thousand dollars to tell Johnny it was the best sex she ever had. Shortly after, with Fredo's knowledge, Marguerite had a baby, who she put up for adoption.

Plans for the familyEdit

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Fredo with Michael in Havana.

At the funeral for Don Molinari of San Francisco, Fredo gets the idea of setting up a necropolis similar to Colma in New Jersey. The Corleone family would be able to buy up the former cemetery land cheap, now prime real estate, and also be a silent partner in the graveyard business. Fredo would propose this plan to Mike and impress him, reassuring him and others of his abilities. To Fredo's dismay, Michael would end up not going for it. 

MarriageEdit

At the Christmas of 1956, Fredo showed up at the Corleone Christmas party with Deanna Dunn, a famous, yet by this time, fading, movie starlet. A few months later they got married. Dunn got Fredo to make appearances in bit parts in some of her movies. Later, in September 1957, Fredo's Hollywood connections allowed him to get his own successful TV show, "The Fred Corleone Show", which aired irregularly, usually on Monday nights, until his death in 1959, on a local television station in Nevada. Fredo's drinking problems continued and accelerated. One day, he discovered Deanna cheating on him with her movie co-star Matt Marshall, and Fredo shot-up the Corvette he had bought her. When Deanna's co-star tried to attack him, Fredo ended up knocking him unconscious with a pistol whip and went to a local jail. Tom Hagen came to bail him out and got in an argument about Fredo's reckless activity and Tom's blind loyalty to Michael. Tom again got the charges dropped to down to self defense after paying off Marshall and the hotel.

Fredo's betrayalEdit

"I know it was you, Fredo – you broke my heart – you broke my heart!"
Michael Corleone[src]
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Michael discovers Fredo's betrayal.

Nick Geraci, now seeking revenge against Michael Corleone, met with Don Vincent "The Jew" Forlenza, the Don of Cleveland, and discussed how Fredo could fit into their plans to take down Michael. The deal with Hyman Roth had now reached a stalemate, and they figured Fredo could be used as a pawn to let Hyman Roth succeed. If Fredo was told they could help him with his Colma vision, he'd do anything to help. Fredo met with Johnny Ola and supplied him with all the information they needed, especially financial information, about the Corleone family. Fredo ambiguously claimed that his goal in that deal was simply to get something for himself, on his own, and swore that he did not realize he was being used as part of a larger plot to kill his brother. However, in the event of Michael's assassination, Fredo would likely have led the Corleone family, at least as a figurehead.

Roth was committed to eliminating Michael as part of revenge for the death of Moe Greene, and as a result, he encouraged Fredo to sabotage the Corleones's relationship with the Sicilian Mangano family, who had had asked for their assistance in setting up business in Miami. As a result, Roth had several men perform a drive by at the safehouse of Dominic Corleone, who was convinced by an unwitting Fredo, that Mangano was to blame. This resulted in a vicious mob war between Corleone and Mangano, which forced Dominic to seek Roth's assistance.

RejectionEdit

"Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. When you see our mother, I wanna know a day in advance so I won't be there."
Michael Corleone[src]

Michael discovered Fredo's role in the plot during his trip to Havana when Fredo let it slip out that he and Johnny Ola had been in Havana together earlier that year and they went to the sex show together.

Michael confronted Fredo later and tells his older brother, "You broke my heart." Fredo flees in fear of his life, but he is actually in no danger because Michael believes that Johnny Ola and Hyman Roth had lied to Fredo and manipulated him. Later, when Michael is being pursued by a Congressional Committee investigating organized crime, he has a talk with Fredo and realizes that Fredo had both withheld important information from him about Hyman Roth's connection with the Committee's lawyer Questadt, was deeply resentful and jealous of Michael's role in the family business and the fact, that he was treated as an errand boy and that he was stepped over. Michael therefore disowns and banishes him from the family, although not wanting any harm to happen to him, while their mother was still alive.

DeathEdit

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Fredo, moments before his death at Lake Tahoe.

Upon their mother's death, and at the urging of their sister Connie, Michael relented toward Fredo and seemingly offered reconciliation. However, it was only to draw Fredo in so as to have him murdered by Al Neri.

Fredo and his nephew, Michael's son Anthony, developed a relationship with Michael's consentment as part of a plan to kill Fredo and were to go fishing on Lake Tahoe. However, Anthony is called away by Connie, who tells him that his father wants to take him to Reno. Fredo is left alone in the fishing boat with Al Neri and he takes the boat far out onto the lake. His suspicions prior to his death are left up to interpretation. As Fredo prays the Hail Mary (which he claimed brought him luck whilst fishing), Neri shoots him in the back of the head, not knowing that Anthony was watching from his bedroom window, and had a deep resentment toward his father ever since, who decided to watch him die to be sure, that he was dead.

Fredo's legacyEdit

"I ordered the death of my brother. He injured me. I killed my mother's son. I killed my father's son."
Michael Corleone[src]

Shortly afterwards, Fredo plagued Michael's dreams with warnings that he never got to issue. The murder of his brother was the one crime that Michael felt really guilt about, which caused him to break down when confessing to the future Pope, Cardinal Lamberto in 1980, at the Vatican. It also irreperably harmed Michael's relationship with his son and Kay heavily and sealed his fate in the long run.

Personality and traitsEdit

"Fredo has a good heart, but he is weak... and stupid, and stupid people are the most dangerous of all."
―Michael Corleone[src]

Described as the child Italians prayed to the saints for, Fredo was the weakest of the Corleone brothers, showing almost no skill with a gun, although physically in his youth he had quite a reputation. He was also known for having a gullible attitude and making bad business decisions. Although, as with all Corleones, he had a temper and would lash out at any one that insulted him or his family. After Michael became Don, Fredo always held a grudge by getting stepped over and would show it when Michael berates him for choosing Hyman Roth over the Corleone family. Despite all his flaws, Fredo showed to be the most sensitive and caring member of the Corleones and his warmth led him to be used in meeting and greeting important business figures for the family. He supported Michael in his quest to go to the Marines during the Second World War, when noone else would and helped Anthony deal with his suffering shortly before his murder, when noone else did or could.

In the video gamesEdit

"Ah, I, thought Moe was one-a the good guys. What the hell is Michael thinking?"
―Fredo Corleone to Aldo Trapani[src]
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Fredo and Aldo Trapani in The Godfather: The Game.

In The Godfather: The Game, Fredo is a secondary character, seen in only a few scenes. In 1945, when Don Corleone is shot, Fredo asks Aldo Trapani to help him escort the ambulance to the hospital. Later on, he is seen at the hospital with Sonny Corleone, who sends Aldo away. Not long after he fell into trouble with the Jersey police after they impounded his car while he was disposing a body for Moe Greene.

Due to the cars destruction by Trapani (under orders from Detective Campbell) the department weren't able to convict  Fredo. Later, while he is aiding in the mangement of the Peak Hotel for Greene, he meets the now Capo Trapani who came there to meet Michael who wants Greene gone so he can expand into Vegas. Despite disagreeing and arguing with Michael's plan, Fredo goes along with it and soon after the underground casino is raided and shut down, the Hotel taken over and (unbeknowst to Fredo) Moe is killed ar Orchid Inc. by Trapani.

In this game, he is mistakenly referred to on the family chart as "Alfredo".

The Godfather IIEdit

"Jesus Christ Dominic! I've never be so scared in my life!"
―Fredo Corleone to Dominic Corleone[src]
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Fredo arguing with Michael in The Godfather II.

In the The Godfather II, Fredo is featured more prominently. He is ordered by Michael Corleone to look after Aldo Trapani's mother, and later to go to Miami to look after a couple of hotels there. Fredo often advises Dominic on how to run a business. Hyman Roth convinces an unwitting Fredo to help him set his two greatest competitors (Dominic and Samuele Mangano) against each other, by setting up an assassination attempt that was supposedly arranged by Mangano. After Roth's assassination later that year, it is Dominic who kills Fredo at Lake Tahoe.

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