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Paulie Gatto
Paulie Gatto
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Born 1919[1]
Died December, 1945[1][2]
New York, U.S.
Affiliation Corleone family
Title(s) Soldato
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by John Martino
Tony Alcantar (voice)
"Thirty, forty grand. In small bills cash, in that little silk purse. Madon’, if this was somebody else’s wedding, sfortunato!"
―Paulie Gatto[src]

Paulie Gatto was one of Clemenza's made men, his personal right hand man and personal chauffeur to Vito Corleone, a job he shared with the Don's son Fredo.

BiographyEdit

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Paulie Gatto at Connie Corleone's wedding.

Born in New York City to Corleone family buttonman Richie Gatto and his wife Ursula, Paulie was in the same sixth grade class as Michael Corleone and attended the wedding of Michael's brother Sonny. He became a protégé and trusted soldato under Peter Clemenza, receiving a percentage from the bookies on the East Side, and a union payroll. He receives from Clemenza medical documents required for exemption from military service, in which it is falsely stated that Paulie has been subjected to electroshock treatment for mental illness. He was also known to supplement his income with stick-ups, something that was against family rules, but allowed by his caporegime. He lived in an apartment in Brooklyn until his death, when it was given to his friend Aldo Trapani to use as a safehouse.

BetrayalEdit

"I want you to take care of that sonofabitch right away. Paulie sold out the old man, that stronz. I don't want to see him again. Make that first thing on your list, understand?"
Sonny Corleone to Peter Clemenza[src]

Paulie was one of the men who took revenge on Kevin Moonan and Jerry Wagner, the men who assaulted Amerigo Bonasera's daughter, Maria, severely beating the two punks and becoming increasingly respected in the family. He later sold out to Virgil Sollozzo and called in sick three times in one month, leaving only Fredo to protect the Don. On the third day, the Don was nearly assassinated while buying fruit. In hopes of avoiding detection, Sollozzo's people called Paulie several times from a pay phone across the street from the Genco Pura Olive Oil Company's headquarters. However, Paulie didn't know that the family had several phone company employees on the payroll, one of whom alerted Sonny.

When Sonny found out, he ordered Clemenza to have Paulie–"that stronz (Italian for «turd»)", as Sonny called him–killed on the spot. Clemenza considered Paulie's treachery to be a personal affront, and was only too happy to arrange Paulie's execution.

DeathEdit

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
Peter Clemenza to Rocco Lampone[src]
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Clemenza and Paulie Gatto, prior to Paulie's death.

Clemenza, Rocco Lampone, and Paulie took a drive to find a place to "go to the mattresses," as well as picking up some of Clemenza's wife's favourite cannoli from The Albatross Grill in Hell's Kitchen. Clemenza had already selected Lampone as his new protégé.

While out in the countryside, Clemenza asked Paulie to pull over so he could 'take a leak'. While he was doing so, Rocco executed Paulie with three shots to the head. Paulie's role as soldato and driver to Don Corleone was filled by Rocco.

When Sollozzo learned of his informant's death, he was unconcerned, having already eliminated the Corleone's biggest asset, Luca Brasi.

14 years after his death, his picture was on a board labeling the Corleone Family hierarchy at a senate hearing investigating Michael, he was marked as deceased.

Personality and traitsEdit

Paulie Gatto was smart and cunning and knew how to get a job done, but also had a greedy side which is what Sollozzo exploited. If he had not turned traitor he probably would have risen through the ranks quickly.

His vehicle of choice was the Packard Super Eight.

In the video gameEdit

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Paulie Gatto at The Falconite.

In the video game, Paulie's treachery was witnessed when, during a subsequent firefight at The Roost, he disappeared, leaving Clemenza to fend for himself. For Paulie's execution, Rocco was replaced by Aldo Trapani. However, Paulie was alerted to his impending execution by the sound of Aldo's gun cocking, and he fled the car into a shipping yard. Trapani chased Gatto and shot and killed him. Aldo was then given Paulie's apartment in Brooklyn Heights to use as a safehouse.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • He was portrayed by John Martino and voiced by Tony Alcantar in the game.
  • Originally, Paulie was going to be played by Robert De Niro, but he was traded to another production for Al Pacino. Ironically, this meant that De Niro would now be able to appear in his Oscar winning performance as the young Vito before he became the Don of the Corleone Family in The Godfather Part II.[3][4]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Godfather (novel)
  2. The Godfather
  3. Cowie, Peter (1997). The Godfather Book. Faber and Faber, p. 20. ISBN 0571190111.
  4. Lebo, Harlan (2005). The Godfather Legacy. Fireside, p. 223. ISBN 0743287770.

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