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Richard S. Castellano (1933–1988)


Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was originally a construction company manager, then he gained... See full bio »

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Known For

The Godfather Clemenza
(1972)
(1970)
The Gangster Chronicles Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria / Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
(1981)
The Godfather Saga Peter Clemenza
(1977)

Filmography

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 1982 Dear Mr. Wonderful
Agent
 1981 The Gangster Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria / Giuseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.12 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.11 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.13 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.10 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
- Episode #1.9 (1981) ... Giusseppe 'Joe the Boss' Masseria
 1981 Gangster Wars
Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria
 1980 Night of the Juggler
Lt. Tonelli (as Richard Castellano)
 1977 The Godfather Saga (TV Mini-Series)
Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Peter Clemenza
 1975-1976 Joe and Sons (TV Series)
Joe Vitale
- Jimmy Flynn's Wake (1976) ... Joe Vitale
- Thou Shalt Steal (1976) ... Joe Vitale
- Nick's Problem (1975) ... Joe Vitale
- Pot Luck (1975) ... Joe Vitale
- Clothes Don't Necessarily Make the Man (1975) ... Joe Vitale
 1973 Honor Thy Father (TV Movie)
Frank Labruzzo
 1973 Incident on a Dark Street (TV Movie)
Frank Romeo
 1972 The Super (TV Series)
Joe Girelli
- Joe's Extra Ticket (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- The Fat Cop (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- The Plague (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- Facts of Life (1972) ... Joe Girelli
- Joe's Affair (1972) ... Joe Girelli
 1972 The Godfather
Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
Frank Vecchio (as Richard Castellano)
 1969 The Choice (TV Movie)
 1968-1969 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- The Attacker (1969)
 1968 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Frank in scene from 'Lovers and Other Strangers'
- Episode #22.4 (1968) ... Frank in scene from 'Lovers and Other Strangers' (as Richard Castellano)
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Bartender (uncredited)
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Friend
- The Shivering Pigeon (1966) ... Friend (as Richard Castellano)
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie)
Burly burglar
 1966 A Fine Madness
Arnold (as Richard Castellano)
 1965 Three Rooms in Manhattan
Angry American (uncredited)
 1963 Love with the Proper Stranger
Extra (uncredited)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
- Not Bad for Openers (1963) ... (as Richard Castellano)
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Bartender / Dock Worker / Onlooker Outside Apples' Apartment / ...
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
- The S.S. American Dream (1963) ... Onlooker Outside Apples' Apartment (uncredited)
- Go Fight City Hall (1962) ... Subway Token Buyer (uncredited)
- Idylls of a Running Back (1962) ... Motel Waiter (uncredited)
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Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: Lovers and Other Strangers. Comedy. Written by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna. Directed by Charles Grodin. Brooks Atkinson Theatre: 18 Sep 1968- 16 Nov 1968 (70 performances + 13 previews). Cast: Bobby Alto (as "Richy, Part IV"), Candy Azzara (as "Joan, Part IV"), Ron Carey (as "Jerry, Part I"), Richard S. Castellano (as "... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Richard Castellano

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on why he was not in The Godfather: Part II (1974)] I saw Clemenza as a teacher. He teaches how to make spaghetti, how to use the gun. [Coppola] can't tell me that Clemenza, after years of loyalty to the old man, would go in and testify against organized crime. Not unless you proved to me... that he had become a fearful man, that he had become a betrayer. The demands on me were impossible. I had... See more »

Trivia:

Richard's widow, Ardell Sheridan published a book in 2002 detailing his contributions in the making of The Godfather (1972). Able to recall true-life experiences growing up in a mob family, Richard's experiences helped Francis Ford Coppola when needing to tighten up the script. The book states that Richard kept an inexperienced Al Pacino from getting fired by making slight adjustments in Pacino's... See more »

Nickname:

Richie

Star Sign:

Virgo

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