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"I want there to be peace between our two families."
―Victor Stracci[src]

Victor Stracci was the Don of the Stracci family.


Don Victor Stracci was an old-fashioned Don from Staten Island, Victor had strong views on prostitution, believing it to be an immoral practice.

Victor Stracci began his businesses in the 1930s, posing as a legitimate hauling company in New Jersey with his brothers Anthony and Mario, before eventually spreading out to become leader of one of the Five Families.

He was present at the wedding of Connie Corleone and Carlo Rizzi, sitting at the same table with the other heads of the families.

Role in the war

Victor embraced the scheme of Don Emilio Barzini to unite against the Corleone family and force them into the heroin trade. He was present at the sitdown where the families convinced Don Vito Corleone to accept drug trafficking in his territory and guarantee peace. His family was seen as the weakest of Corleone's enemies at this point, due to Tattaglia's alliance with Barzini.


"Good, I want there to be peace between our families."
Victor Stracci[src]
Stracci whacked

Don Victor meets his end.

On the day of Michael Corleone's revenge, Victor was on his way to a meeting. He was exiting the elevator with his bodyguard when Peter Clemenza, who was about to enter the elevator, revealed a shotgun concealed in a flower case, kicked Victor back into the elevator and proceeded to kill them both.

Personality and traits

Stracci is referred to as an old fashioned Don, like Vito Corleone, hence why he will not deal in prostitution, but he was also shrewd enough to realise that he needed to accept drug trafficking due to the waterfront location of his operations.

In the novel

In The Godfather novel only Emilio Barzini and Philip Tattaglia are killed. Stracci remains an ally of the Corleones, who sued for peace along with fellow survivor Ottilio Cuneo. He was also an old friend of Nick Geraci, who planned to use Stracci and Frank Greco as part of a plan to resign Michael Corleone from the Commission, but the Don relayed this information to Michael, who had Geraci executed.[1] Also, the Don was known as Anthony Stracci, as opposed to Victor.

Behind the scenes

  • He was portrayed by Don Costello in the film and Joe Paulino in the game.
  • In the screenplay Stracci is the only Don to survive. Originally the Don in the lift was Don Cuneo, who was travelling with Moe Greene.
  • In the original version of the game he is clean shaven, but in The Don's Edition he has a moustache.


Notes and references

  1. In the storyline of The Godfather Returns.
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