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Richard S. Castellano
Biographical Information
Born September 4, 1933
Died December 10, 1988
First The Godfather
Portrayed Clemenza

Richard Castellano was an Italian-American actor.


A distinguished character actor, Richard S. Castellano was the highest earning actor in The Godfather, whose fame outside the saga included playing Joe Girelli in The Super. He also received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Love and Other Strangers.

Castellano was supposed to appear as Clemenza in Part Two, but there was a dispute when Castellano asked that his wife Ardell Sheridan (who also starred in The Godfather as Signora Clemenza) to write his lines.[1] Coppola refused and Clemenza was replaced by Frank Pentangeli, played by Michael V. Gazzo.

Castellano died of a heart attack in 1988, at the age of 55.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Cowie, Peter (1997). The Godfather Book. Faber and Faber, p. 83. ISBN 0571190111.
  2. Sheridan-Castellano, pp. 183-184
  3. Lou Lumenick. "Leave the gun-Take my career". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30.

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