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Little Italy, New York
Las Vegas, Nevada
- "You know, I once asked the Don for a job in his organization and he wouldn't give it to me. I was tired of driving a truck and I wanted to make a lot of dough. You know what he told me? He says every man has one destiny and that my destiny was to be an artist. Meaning that I couldn't be a racket guy."
- ―Nino Valenti[src]
Nino Valenti was a friend of the Corleone family.
Born in the same neighborhood as Johnny Fontane, Nino was good friends with the singer in his youth, working with him on the garbage trucks, and remained so once Fontane became a star. He promised to get Nino a job in Hollywood, but never did, and Valenti continued to work on the garbage trucks. At this time, he became a heavy drinker. He once asked Vito Corleone for a job, but the Don kindly refused saying Nino's destiny was to be an artist.
At the wedding of Connie Corleone, Nino played the mandolin and sang alongside his old friends, who had come to ask a favor of Vito, his Godfather. Vito accepted, helping Johnny win a part in a new war movie, and in gratitude, Johnny released a single with Nino, who appeared in a movie soon after.
Life after HollywoodEdit
Eventually, Nino realized that the Hollywood life was not for him, after being serviced at a movie screening by Deanna Dunn, and witnessing an almost orgiastic ceremony at the post-Oscar ceremony. He was, however, the only friend of Johnny Fontane's who was present when Fontane won his Oscar.
He continued to drink, despite the advice of his doctors, and died in 1955 of a brain hemorrhage. Don Corleone had wished to attend the funeral but was too unwell and so only Fredo Corleone and Al Neri represented the Corleone family. Named in his honor, the Nino Valenti fund helped aging actors and singers who were out of work.
Personality and traitsEdit
A light hearted joker, Nino was a lifelong drinker. However, he was often more lucid than he appeared to be and realised that pretending to be drunk allowed him greater freedom than if he seemed sober. Near the end of his life he continued drinking despite his doctors advice and it is likely that he was in fact hoping to die out of depression.