- "Stay with me Godfather. Help me meet death. If he sees you, he will be frightened and leave me in peace. You can say a word, pull a few strings, eh? We'll outwit that bastard as we outwitted all those others."
- ―Genco Abbandando[src]
Raised in Hell's Kitchen, Genco worked at his father's grocery store from an early age. He became firm friends with the hired hand, Vito Corleone, and was upset when Vito was moved out by the neighbourhood Don, Fanucci, even offering to steal from his father to help his jobless friend. Vito refused, saying this would be an offence to his father.
In the 1920s, Genco married Allegra, who bore him three daughters.
When Vito became the new Don of the neighborhood, he hired Genco to act as his consigliere, and named his front company 'Genco Pura' after his friend. Genco served him loyally, showing incredible insight. When Vito's son Sonny wanted to join the family business, the wily consigliere had the youth assigned to his father as a bodyguard so he could closely observe the family business, as well as be kept under Vito's control.
Genco remained an intelligent and active advisor until he was stricken with cancer, which made him bedridden and unable to act as the Don's advisor. During this time, Tom Hagen, Vito's adopted son, stood in for him. He died with the Don at his side in 1945, one day after Connie Corleone was married to Carlo Rizzi. All of the Dons sons and his godson Johnny Fontane had visited Genco earlier to pay their respects.
- "If I had a wartime consigliere, a Sicilian, I wouldn't be in this shape. Pop had Genco, look what I got."
- ―Sonny Corleone[src]
Genco was succeeded as consigliere by Tom Hagen, Vito's adopted son, whose appointment was controversial due to his German-Irish heritage. Many, including Corleone foe Virgil Sollozzo, and occasionally even Sonny Corleone himself in a moment of anger, claimed that Genco, as a Sicilian, was more adept as a 'wartime consigliere'.
Behind the scenes
- Genco Abbandando was portrayed by Frank Sivero in his youth and Franco Corsaro in his old age, although the latter was only in a deleted scene.
- Genco is believed to be based on John Tartamella, who was the consigliere to Joseph Bonanno. He was a respected "elder statesman" of Cosa Nostra.
- Genco has also the same surname of Frank Abbandando, a notorious killer of Murder, Inc..
Notes and references
|Consigliere to the Corleone crime family|