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Willie Cicci
Willie Cicci
Biographical Information
Gender Male
Affiliation Corleone family
Title(s) Soldato
Enforcer
Acting capo
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Joe Spinell
Gavin Hammon (voice)
"When the boss says push the button on a guy - I push the button, see, Senator?"
―Willie Cicci[src]

William 'Willie Cicc' Cicci was a hitman and soldato in the Corleone family and later the right-hand man of Frank Pentangeli.

BiographyEdit

An employee of the Genco Pura Olive Oil Company since 1942, Willie Cicci was in reality a top enforcer and hitman for the Corleone family. He was a high-ranking soldier in the regime of Peter Clemenza.

Several key associates reported to him, including the Don's son in law, Carlo Rizzi. Cicci was also one of the men hired by Peter Clemenza for protecting Sonny Corleone during the war.

Role in the warEdit

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Willie Cicci, about to clip Don Cuneo.

Cicci first achieved prominence in the family by helping to destroy one of the Tattaglia family's drug markets in Midtown Manhattan, assisted by fellow enforcer on the rise, Aldo Trapani. He also prevented the Stracci family from taking back the Italia Warehouse, which had been won by the Corleones.

By 1955, Cicci had become prominent in the family and was well trusted enough to be assigned with the job of assasinating Don Carmine Cuneo on the day of Michael Rizzi's baptism in 1955. Cicci assassinated Don Cuneo in the revolving doors at an hotel after he got a haircut and shave at the hotel's barber shop while waiting for Cuneo to appear. He was also one of the men assigned to eliminate Salvatore Tessio following his betrayal. Cicci drove Tessio to his death but did not observe the execution itself.

The new regimeEdit

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Willie, Fredo Corleone and Frank Pentangeli at Lake Tahoe.

When Michael Corleone moved to Nevada, Cicci remained in New York, working for Peter Clemenza and later Frank Pentangeli, acting as his personal bodyguard and right-hand man, unknown as high-ranking soldier of capo. He went with Pentangeli to Anthony Corleone's first communion in Lake Tahoe and expressed his suspicions about the sudden death of Clemenza, who had supposedly died of a heart attack. After the party, Cicci went with Pentangeli to a meeting with the Rosato Brothers who then tried to kill Pentangeli but were interrupted by the appearance of a police officer. This resulted in a shootout between the gangsters and police officers, in which Cicci appeared to be shot in the middle of the road; after he unsteadily stood and fired his revolver, he was then struck by a car.

The Senate hearingsEdit

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Willie Cicci at the senate hearings in 1959.

Cicci recovered and testified against Michael at the Senate hearings on organized crime. Cicci states that Michael not only killed Virgil Sollozzo and Captain McCluskey in 1946, but began making plans for a mass slaughter of the other New York Dons as early as 1950. Damning as Cicci's testimony was, he is unable to directly implicate Michael in any murders. He never received orders directly from Vito, Sonny or Michael; he said there were always "buffers" between the button men and the Don. His boss, Frank Pentangeli, was brought in as a surprise witness to corroborate Cicci's testimony; as a capo there is no insulation between Michael and himself. However, Frank was intimidated into silence and the hearings fell apart.

After the Mafia Hearings Cicci was sentenced to prison for admitting crimes he committed in the past. Whether he died in prison or was killed for breaking the omertà is unclear.

Personality and traitsEdit

A lank and lean retainer, Cicci's weaselly demeanour made other family members suspicious of him, particularly during the Five Families War in 1946. However, he was a loyal soldato for the most part, able to carry out orders swiftly and efficiently. When he was arrested and put on trial, he went out of his way to be deliberately unhelpful.

He was known to frequent Molsenni's in Little Italy and was good friends with Tiger Molsenni, which did not help his drinking problem.

In the video gameEdit

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Willie Cicci in the game.

"We're gonna take down Cuneo, should be a piece of cake!"
―Willie Cicci[src]

In the game, he and Aldo Trapani, in 1955, killed Carmine Cuneo and his bodyguards in the Savannah Hotel. After this, Cicci became capo for the Tessio's regime.

Behind the scenesEdit

Willie Cicci was originally intended to be one of the major characters in The Godfather Part III, but was written out and replaced by Joey Zasa following the death of actor Joe Spinell. In The Godfather: The Game he is voiced by actor Gavin Hammon.

There are a lot of problems regarding his name. In the second film, his name is written as "Willi Cicci" in the credits, while in the video game it's written as both "Willie" or "Willi". In the video game, he takes over Tessio's hit contracts after his death. Also in one of the hit mission contracts, if Aldo refuses, he will say "Maybe later, Tessio, maybe later." as the files had not been updated.

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