"Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that's why they have godfathers.'"
The Godfather is an American franchise about a Sicilian-American crime family, the Corleones, fighting their way through the streets of New York and eventually America. The saga details the rise and fall of Michael Corleone, son of DonVito Corleone. Forever remembered for its memorable quotes, the story is one of violence, family and friends, and loyalty.
The franchise began as a novel by Italian-American author Mario Puzo, The Godfather, which was adapted into a trilogy of critically acclaimed films directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Various spin-off novels and video games followed in their wake.
Don Michael Corleone was the head of the Corleone family following the demise of his father.
Born in 1920, to Vito and Carmela Corleone, Michael was deeply loved by his father, even prompting Vito to murder blackmailer DonFanucci so he could support Michael and the rest of his family. He became a bright and handsome young man, and of all of Vito Corleone's children, Michael was said to be most like him in terms of intelligence, personality, and cunning.
Michael initially wanted nothing to do with the Corleone's "family business", and enrolled at Dartmouth College in order to escape any potential involvement in crime. In truth, his father never wanted Michael to be involved in the family's criminal enterprise, and actually hoped he'd go into politics. After the United States' entry into World War II in 1941, he enlisted in the Marines (training under Sergeant Bradshaw) and fought in the Pacific, even though his father had expended great effort to wrangle a deferment for him. For his bravery in battle, Michael was awarded the Navy Cross, he was also featured in Life magazine in 1944. Michael was discharged as a Captain to recover from wounds- along with friend Hank Vogelsong - in 1945 (unbeknownst to him, the doctor treating him had been bribed by his father to exaggerate his injury in order to send him home). Returning to Dartmouth, he met a young teaching student, Kay Adams; the two fell in love. He assured Kay on numerous occasions that he wanted a more normal life, and wanted nothing at all to do with the Mafia. (Read more...)Archive
The Godfather Wiki was created to become the biggest online resource for all information regarding The Godfather franchise. This encyclopedic database contains information on all sorts of subjects within the The Godfather universe, ranging from "in-universe" articles such as characters, locations, and organizations to pages on the cast, crew, and authors who helped to build the franchise. Since its inception, the wiki has expanded to cover the further works of the author Mario Puzo.