Brando, Marlon b. April 3, 1924 d. July 1, 2004 Actor. Motion picture and stage actor who achieved legendary status in his own lifetime. The youngest of three children of alcoholic parents, he was left alone much of the time as a child. He was kicked out of military high school for riding a motorcycle through the halls, worked as a department store elevator operator and quit after four days due to his embarrassment in having to call out the lingerie floor. Prevented from enlisting in World War II due to his 4-F status, he moved to New York...[Read More] (Bio by: Debbie) Cause of death: Pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that involves scarring of the lungs. Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered in multiple locations, specifically Tahiti and Death Valley, California. The ashes of his close friend, actor Wally Cox, were also scattered in the Death Valley location at the same time.
Bright, Richard b. June 28, 1937 d. February 18, 2006 Actor. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bright is best remembered for his role as 'Al Neri' in "The Godfather" series of films. Noted for playing criminals, western figures, cops, and mobster type roles, he also appeared in several other films including, "Odds Against Tomorrow" (1959), "The Getaway" (1972), "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid" (1973), "Rancho Deluxe" (1975), "Two Of A Kind" (1983), "Once Upon A Time In America" (1984), "The Ref" (1994), "Joe The King" and "Trigger Happy" (2001), among...[Read More] Cause of death: Struck by a bus Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Castellano, Richard S. b. September 4, 1933 d. December 10, 1988 Actor. He gained fame playing 'Peter Clemenza' in the motion picture "The Godfather." Although his weight was normally about 200 pounds, he specialized in playing overweight characters. He started off his acting career on the stage with the New Yiddish Theatre in New York, eventually moving on to the Off Broadway production of "A View From the Bridge," where he acted in a total of 643 performances. His most highly acclaimed performance was in the Broadway smash hit "Lovers and Other Strangers,"...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank Russo) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Cazale, John b. August 12, 1935 d. March 12, 1978 Actor. Cazale is best remembered for his role as 'Fredo Corleone' in the films, "The Godfather" (1972), and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974). A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Cazale studied drama at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Cazale, who was once engaged to actress Meryl Streep, also appeared in the films, "The Conversation" (1974), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), and "The Deer Hunter" (1978). After his death in March 1978 from bone marrow cancer Cazale was featured in the other Godfather...[Read More] Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, Malden, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA GPS coordinates: 42.4278946, -71.0369263 (hddd.dddd)
Conte, Richard b. March 24, 1910 d. April 15, 1975 Actor. The son of a barber, he held down jobs ranging from truck driver, to Wall Street clerk before becoming an actor. In 1935, he became a waiter/entertainer in a Connecticut resort where he was discovered by Elia Kazan and John Garfield. Through Kazan's help, Richard Conte earned a scholarship to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse. His first Broadway appearance was in "Moon Over Mulberry Street." In 1939, while known as Nicholas Conte, the actor made his first film, "Heaven With a Barbed...[Read More] Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Section D, Lot 62
Coppola, Carmine b. June 11, 1910 d. April 26, 1991 Composer, Conductor. The father of director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire. He collaborated on the music for several of his son's films, notably "The Godfather" (1972) and its sequels, and shared an Academy Award with Nino Rota for "The Godfather Part II" (1974). In accepting the Oscar Coppola thanked his son for hiring him---and himself for siring him. His other credits include "Apocalypse Now" (1979), "The Black Stallion" (1979), "The Outsiders" (1983), "Gardens of Stone" (1987)...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Mausolem, BL 28 Crypt E4 [unmarked]
Flagello, Ezio b. January 28, 1931 d. March 19, 2009 Opera Singer. A bass, his most noted roles were those of a "basso buffo", opera's comic relief. Raised in New York, he earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied voice with Friedrich Schorr and John Brownlee. After further training in Rome, on a Fulbright scholarship, he made his professional debut in 1955 at the Empire State Festival in what was to be one of his best-known roles, the quack Dr. Dulcamara of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore". Flagello won the Metropolitan...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA Plot: Section 10, Lot 87, Grave 2
Hayden, Sterling b. March 26, 1916 d. May 23, 1986 Actor, Author, Adventurer. Original name: Sterling Relyea Walter. At 6 ft. 5 in. he was known as one of the tallest Hollywood actors. His father died when he was young and his mother remarried. His stepfather adopted him at 9 and renamed him Sterling Walter Hayden. He left home at 15 to go to sea and ended up in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he worked as a Grand Banks fisherman and learned the art of sailing. He was mate on Irving Johnson's Yankee on its noted circumnavigation in 1937. He...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay
Infanti, Angelo b. February 16, 1939 d. October 12, 2010 Actor. Out of a long career with more than 100 films to his credit, he shall be remembered as Fabrizio, the traitorous bodyguard of the 1972 classic "The Godfather". Infanti made his silver screen debut in 1961 in "Il bacio...tu baci". He remained active in Italian movies to the end of his life, attracting some attention in the low-budget "Spaghetti Westerns" of the early 1970s. His role as Fabrizio saw him supposedly "protecting" Michael Corleone in Italy, but actually hired to murder him on...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Kirby, Bruno b. April 28, 1949 d. August 14, 2006 Actor. Born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu, Jr. In New York City. As a child he attended Actors Studio classes taught by Lee Strasberg with his father. Two years after his family moved to California, Kirby made his television debut in a 1969 episode of the television series ‘Room 222.' In 1973 he won his first leading role in the feature film ‘The Harrad Experiment,' the following year he landed the role of Young Pete Clemenza in ‘The Godfather Part II.' Throughout the 1970, he often appeared on...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Leukemia Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Lettieri, Al b. February 24, 1928 d. October 18, 1975 Actor. Born Alessandro Lettieri, he was an Italian character performer best known for his portrayal of Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo in the original "Godfather" (1972) movie. At the age of 36, he made his screen debut in the TV film "The Hanged Man" and went on to be cast in films as the perfect villain. Some of his best bad guy roles were in the films "The Getaway" (1972), "The Don Is Dead" (1973), "Mr. Majestyk" (1974), "McQ" (1974) and "The Hired Gun" (1975). He died of a heart attack at the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Marley, John b. October 17, 1907 d. May 22, 1984 Actor. Born In New York City, he was a familiar performer in films and television best remembered for his roles as Phil Cavalleri, in "Love Story" (1970) and as Jack Woltz, in the original first film series "The Godfather" (1972). He began his career in Broadway productions, which was interrupted with his service in US Army Signal Corps during World War II. His post-war film credits were comprised mostly of unsympathetic bit roles until he gained status as a middle age actor in the 1960s and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA Plot: Block 12 Line 4 Grave 35 GPS coordinates: 40.9734306, -74.0506210 (hddd.dddd)
Martino, Al b. October 7, 1927 d. October 13, 2009 Vocalist. A popular singer, he enjoyed a successful recording career in the United States and Europe from the early 1950s into the mid-1970s. He is best known for the top twenty hits "I Love You Because" (1963), "I Love You More and More Every Day" (1964) and "Spanish Eyes" (1965). He is remembered by movie audiences for his role of 'Johnny Fontane' in the 1972 picture "The Godfather" and contributed to the film's soundtrack. He was born Jasper Cini in Philadelphia to Italian immigrants. The...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Mascagni, Pietro b. December 7, 1863 d. August 2, 1945 Composer. He scored a tremendous success with his first opera, "Cavalleria Rusticana" (1890). A one-act tale of jealousy and revenge in a provincial town, it launched a new trend in opera called "verismo", which emphasized realism and characters who were closer to ordinary people. It influenced many composers and for a time Mascagni was hailed as the heir of Giuseppe Verdi in Italian music. But none of his 14 other operas made a lasting impression. He later mused, "It is a pity I wrote '...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Della Misercordia, Livorno, Provincia di Livorno, Toscana, Italy
Montana, Lenny b. March 13, 1926 d. May 12, 1992 Pro Wrestler, Actor. Tall and solidly built, this Italian-American professional wrestler turned actor was born Lenny Passaforo in Brooklyn, New York, and is best remembered for his first on-screen role as the not too bright but ever loyal bodyguard Luca Brasi in The Godfather (1972). Montana didn't get a lot of screen time before being eliminated by the henchmen of opposing gangster Al Lettieri with a garrote and a knife; however, he caught the eye of casting agents and over the next ten years...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank Moreno) Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA Plot: unknown
Puzo, Mario b. October 15, 1920 d. July 2, 1999 Novelist and screenwriter. After serving in World War II, he began his writing career for men's magazines. He published his first novel, "The Dark Arena", in 1955. His third novel was "The Godfather" which sold more than 21 million copies worldwide. Besides his movie career, he also published several other novels including the best-seller "The Sicillian" in 1984. Just before his death he finished another novel, "Omerta". Cause of death: Heart attack North Babylon Cemetery, Babylon, Suffolk County, New York, USA GPS coordinates: 40.7129517, -73.3357468 (hddd.dddd)
Spinell (Spagnuolo), Joe (Joseph) b. October 28, 1936 d. January 13, 1989 Actor. Heavyset, mean-looking character player in films of the 1970s and 1980s. He is best remembered as mafioso Willie Cicci in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part II" (1974), and as loan shark Tony Gazzo in "Rocky" (1976) and "Rocky II" (1979). Although he was primarily cast as a sleazy criminal or thug, he had a rare sympathetic role as the taxi service manager who hires Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) in "Taxi Driver" (1976). Spinell co-wrote and starred in the 1980 cult slasher...[Read More] Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA