Gianni Russo

Some actors are just made to play wiseguys. For Gianni Russo, it was in his blood. The Italian-American actor, raised on Staten Island, claims that his uncle was a gunman for the Gambino crime family. Russo suffered ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1943

Filmography

Actor (34)

Toots 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Prison Break 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Clippers Fan (Actor)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Alberto Gianini (Actor)

Harvard Man 2002 (Movie)

Andrew Bandolini (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Newsie (Actor)

3,000 Miles to Graceland 2001 (Movie)

Money Cart Guard (Actor)

Rush Hour 2 2001 (Movie)

Pit Boss (Actor)

Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Family Man 2000 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Christina's Advisor (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pacific Palisades 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

Willie Rojo (Actor)

Reasonable Doubts 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

Scapelli (Actor)

The Hat Squad 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Another You 1991 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

Silverfox 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Pretender 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Maitre d' Gourmet Club (Actor)

Chances Are 1989 (Movie)

Anthony Bonino (Actor)

Riptide 1983 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Co-pilot (Actor)

Laserblast 1977 (Movie)

Tony Craig (Actor)

Lepke 1975 (Movie)

Albert Anastasia (Actor)

The Four Deuces 1975 (Movie)

Chip Morono - the 'Deuce of Clubs' (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Carlo (Actor)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Carlo (Actor)

Goodnight My Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Bait (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Kill Shot 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A.J.'s Time Travelers 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Kill Shot 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Some actors are just made to play wiseguys. For Gianni Russo, it was in his blood. The Italian-American actor, raised on Staten Island, claims that his uncle was a gunman for the Gambino crime family. Russo suffered from polio as a child, which prevented him from following in his father's footsteps as a longshoreman. Instead, he pursued a variety of business opportunities before being cast as Carlo Rizzi in "The Godfather." Some claim that he got the role by acting as an intermediary between Paramount Pictures and Mafia don Joe Colombo Sr., who had shut down production in New York. Russo also appeared in the film's sequel, in a flashback sequence. From there, he took dozens of TV and movie roles, most often playing organized crime types. Some of his more notable films include "The Freshman," which reunited him with Marlon Brando, as well as "Seabiscuit" and "Any Given Sunday." He has also done television work on shows like "Prison Break" and "Pacific Palisades." Russo dated Dionne Warwick for many years and claims to have had romantic trysts with actresses including Marilyn Monroe and Zsa Zsa Gabor. For many years, he owned the Las Vegas restaurant Gianni Russo's State Street. He released an album, "Reflections," in 2004.

Relationships

Dionne Warwick Actor

Companion
Dated for 12 years

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