- "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
- ―Vito Corleone[src]
Vito Corleone (né Andolini, April 29, 1887 / December 7, 1891 - July 29, 1955) was the founder and Don of the Corleone family. He is the son of Antonio Andolini and his wife, the brother of Paolo Andolini and the husband of Carmela Corleone, whom he has three children, Sonny, Fredo, Michael and Connie Corleone.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Family
- 3 In Sequel Novels
- 4 In Video Games
- 5 Personality and Traits
- 6 Behind the Scenes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Notes and References
- 9 External Links
Life in Corleone
Vito was born on April 29, 1887, in the small Sicilian village of Corleone to Antonio Andolini and Signora Andolini. He was known to be a quiet child. In 1901, when Vito was fourteen, his father was murdered by a Sicilian Mafia boss named Don Ciccio because he refused to pay tribute to him. His older brother, Paolo, swore revenge, but was himself murdered soon after, during the funeral procession for his father. Desperate, Vito's mother took Vito to see the Mafia chieftain herself to beg for her last son's life.
When she went to see Don Ciccio, she begged for forgiveness, but Don Ciccio refused, reasoning that the younger boy Vito may be harmless now, but would also seek revenge as an adult. Upon Don Ciccio's refusal, Signora Andolini put a knife to his throat, giving Vito a chance to escape. Moments later, as Vito watched, his mother was shot dead by one of Ciccio's lupara-wielding bodyguards. Later that night, he was smuggled away with the help of sympathetic neighbors, fleeing Sicily to seek refuge in America on a cargo ship full of immigrants. Unable to speak English, he was renamed on Ellis Island as "Vito Corleone" when the immigration clerks saw the tag pinned to his clothes labelled "Vito Andolini from Corleone". A doctor diagnoses him with smallpox and he is quarantined for a period of time.
Coming to America
- "Do me this favor. I won't forget it. Ask your friends in the neighborhood about me. They'll tell you I know how to return a favor..."
- ―Vito Corleone[src]
Vito was later taken in by the Abbandando family in New York, and he befriended the family's son Genco Abbandando, who became like a brother to him. When he was eighteen, Vito married a Sicilian woman named Carmela and they started a family. Vito began making an honest living at Abbandando's grocery store on Ninth Avenue, but lost the job after an intimidated Signor Abbandando was forced to employ the nephew of Don Fanucci, a blackhander and the local neighborhood padrone. Vito was forced to take up an unstable job doing back-breaking labor for the railroads, but he also lost this job during a mass-layoff.
Vito soon finds himself in difficult circumstances. He soon has two children, Santino and the sickly Fredo, as well as his wife, to support. Vito's money troubles were soon solved when one night, a neighbor of Vito's, Peter Clemenza, asks him to hide a stash of guns for him, and later, to repay the favor, takes him to a fancy apartment where they commit their first crime together, stealing an expensive rug. They soon became friends and, joined by a friend of Clemenza's named Salvatore Tessio, the three soon learned to survive and prosper through petty crime and performing favors in return for loyalty. The three made good money by hijacking garment trucks, Vito being vital to these hijackings since he was one of the few people in Manhattan's Little Italy at the time that knew how to drive a truck.
New York, in 1917, Don Fanucci became aware of the partnership between Vito, Clemenza and Sal Tessio, and demanded that they "wet his beak", in other words, pay tribute to him. Fanucci had threatened to inform the police if the trio didn't pay a substantial portion of their ill-gotten gains. Clemenza and Tessio were alarmed and had wanted immediately to pay Fanucci, quite certain that he was backed up by the Mafia. While his friends were busy panicking, Vito calmly recalled everything he knew about Fanucci and the Mafia (the "Black Hand" as it was called in this time period). He remembered that the padrone walked the streets with no obvious protection, which had led to an incident where Fanucci was knifed by several neighborhood boys whose families he had tried to extort. He later murdered one of the boys, but had called off the vendetta after the families of the remaining two paid him an indemnity to forswear his vengeance. Vito guessed that Fanucci actually allowed himself to be bought off because he had gotten lucky and would be unable to kill the remaining two boys now that their guard was up, suggesting Fanucci worked alone.
Vito came to the realization that Fanucci only acted like he was a mob boss in front of easy-to-trick immigrants, as no mafioso would allow an assassin to live, even if paid enormous sums of money, and no member of any mafia would ever need or resort to informing the police as a threat. Thinking further, he decided that Fanucci's life was not worth the $700 he was asking for. Vito asked his friends to leave everything in his hands to convince Fanucci to accept less money, telling his friends "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse". When Vito later met with Fanucci, he offered only a fraction of the amount demanded — $100 of the $700 Fanucci expected. Fanucci is impressed with Vito's courage, and offered him work. Vito interpreted his ability to low-ball Fanucci as a sign of the latter's weakness, thus confirming his suspicion of Fanucci's vulnerability. Vito then allowed Fanucci to leave the building, so witnesses could confirm that he left alive. Vito had chosen the day of a major festival to spy on and follow Fanucci from the rooftops as Fanucci went home, and surprised him at the door to his apartment. He shot Fanucci three times with a muffled pistol, as the din from the festival and the towel Vito had wrapped the muzzle of his pistol in drowned out the noise from the gunshots. After the hit, Vito retrieved the money Fanucci had taken earlier in the day and then destroyed the gun, dismantling it and dropping it down vent pipes of the apartment building. Despite all the precautions he had taken to ensure that he wouldn't be suspected, it turned out that the police thought Fanucci was scum and were in no hurry to find his killer, believing it was a routine gangland execution.
With Fanucci dead, Vito earned the respect of the neighborhood, becoming known as a "Man of Respect" in the neighborhood, and was soon asked to intercede in local disputes, gaining a reputation for never turning down someone who came to him for help and for being able to "reason" with "unreasonable" people. Although he had declined to do so at first out of modesty, Vito eventually started accepting "gifts" from local businesses and racket bosses in return for "ensuring that our patrons know that they are safe", and Vito was soon making a wage of $100 a week (an enormous amount of money in the early 1900s). Vito, Clemenza and Tessio eventually took over the neighborhood, treating it with a great deal more respect than Fanucci did.
With the profits he was gaining, Vito started an olive oil importation business, Genco Pura, with his old friend Genco Abbandando. The company eventually becomes the biggest olive oil importer in the nation, thanks to Vito's "reasoning" with store owners. While a excellent moneymaker in its own right, in the later years he used it as a legal front for his growing organized crime syndicate, while amassing a fortune with its illegal operations, which started during Prohibition, when he used his olive oil trucks to smuggle alcohol in from Canada. Vito soon started to protect small neighborhood speakeasies, learning early the value of political protection.
Return to Sicily
In 1922, Vito returned to Sicily for the first time since leaving 21 years earlier, taking his wife and three children, Santino, Fredo and Michael, then an infant. They toured the countryside, taking in the local culture, eating at family banquets and finally visiting the town of Corleone. Vito also quietly located and killed the thugs who Don Ciccio had sent to kill him as a child during his exodus from Sicily. He and his partner, Tommasino then set up a meeting with the aging Don Ciccio under the pretense of gaining his blessing for the olive oil business. When the nearly-deaf Ciccio asked that Vito approach him, Vito reveals his father's name and his birth name right before stabbing and slashing the old don in the chest, avenging his murdered family. As they retreat, Ciccio's guards open fire, hitting Tommasino, paralyzing him for life. Vito manages to get Tommasino and himself into their car and they escape. Vito and his family soon after depart Sicily.
By the early 1930s, Vito Corleone had established the Corleone family along with old friends Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio, who would become his caporegimes. Genco Abbandando would become the first consigliere of the family. By this time, everyone, even his closest friends, were referring to him respectfully as "Don Corleone" or "The Godfather". He soon intervened in a problem involving a dangerous thug named Luca Brasi, making the man his personal enforcer. During the Great Depression, when most people demeaned themselves to make mere pennies a day, Don Corleone offered good-paying, secure jobs to anyone willing to work for him. Anyone who came to him for help, Don Corleone helped with goodwill and encouraging words. He planned for the future by financing the education and careers of bright young neighborhood boys who would soon become lawyers, assistant DA's, even judges. Large numbers of grateful Italians asked his advice on who to vote for in office elections, giving him a great deal of political power. He even hired a lawyer to organize a system of police payoffs, and insisted on paying as many officers as possible, whether they were needed at the moment or not. When Prohibition ended, a large source of the Mafia's revenue was gone. Don Corleone decided to offer a partnership with Salvatore Maranzano, the big shot gang leader who controlled all the gambling in Manhattan. Vito offered a political umbrella which would help Maranzano expand his rackets into new areas, and Vito would get a share of the profits. However, the short-sighted and short-tempered Maranzano, thinking that Vito was trying to forcibly buy him out, declared war on the "upstart" Corleone, touching off the Olive Oil War.
When the war started, it seemed that Maranzano had the upper hand, with business contacts, and alliances with the Tattaglia family and Al Capone in Chicago. However, the Corleones were far better organized, had far greater intelligence contacts, had greater political power and police protection, and had deceived Maranzano into believing that Tessio's operation in Brooklyn was a separate gang. The War turned into a stalemate until Maranzano called on Al Capone to send his two best gunmen after Vito. Thanks to their contacts in the telegraph business the Corleones learned of this early on, and Don Corleone sent his enforcer Luca Brasi to intercept and eliminate the hitmen in a most horrifying fashion. Brasi and several men abducted the two hitmen, drove to a warehouse, tied them up, and Luca personally hacked one of the men to pieces with an axe, while the other swallowed his gag in terror and suffocated. Vito sent a letter to Capone a few days later, the message being clear: you can either join me, or else stay out of my way. Not wanting to lose any more valuable men, Capone decided to remain neutral. The incident was a turning point in the War; Maranzano had severely underestimated just how powerful and crafty the Corleone family really was, and was soon losing soldiers who had lost faith in his ability to win. While Clemenza's regime hacked away at Maranzano's power structure (and in the process gaining loyalty of the unions who had been oppressed by Maranzano's thugs), Vito then sent in the held-back Tessio regime for the deathblow. By New Year's Eve 1933, the Corleones eliminated Maranzano and his empire, and established themselves as the most powerful of the families in New York.
While he oversaw a business founded on gambling, bootlegging, and murder, he was known as a kind, generous man who lived by a strict moral code of loyalty to friends and, above all, family. He tried to spread these values throughout the New York crime world; he disagreed with many of the vicious crimes carried out by gangs and so sought to control crime in New York by either consuming or eliminating rival gangs. Known as the Pacification of New York, the area of the city was left under the control of Five Families. He also started the Commission, in an effort to pacify America's underworld in preparation for WWII. He also disapproved of hard drugs, such as those peddled by his fellow Don, Philip Tattaglia, which led to a deep resentment between the two that would continue for years. A straitlaced man concerning sexual matters, he also held himself above prostitution, another reason for his intense dislike of Tattaglia, whose primary business was prostitution. Don Corleone was also said to be able to find multiple profits and opportunities in everything. An example of this occurred when his daughter Connie became engaged to a friend of her brother's, a hoodlum from Nevada named Carlo Rizzi. The Don sent several men on his payroll to Nevada to learn about Rizzi, and came back with information regarding legalized gambling there, which the Corleone family capitalized on in the years to come.
By this time, he was married with four children, and had several godchildren as well, including big-time singer and actor Johnny Fontane, as well as Nino Valenti. He also agreed, at the urging of his eldest son Santino, to take in the orphan Tom Hagen, and though he treated him like a son, he never officially adopted him out of respect for Tom's parents. While he loved all of them, he was most proud of Michael, an intelligent college graduate who's future the Don had "special plans" for. Unfortunately Michael (and everyone else) assumed these "plans" as involving the "family business", and often defied his father, enlisting in the Marine corps against his father's wishes and becoming a decorated World War II veteran. In actuality, Don Corleone had wished for a life away from the "family business" for his son, for him to gain power publicly and legitimately, like a governor or senator. It wasn't until after Michael had voluntarily took over as Don that his father explained this to him, exposing the grand irony: both had tried to keep him out of the Mafia, yet he still wound up following in his father's footsteps.
The Fall and Rise of the Family
In December 1945, Vito was nearly killed in an assassination attempt after he refused the request of Virgil Sollozzo to invest in a heroin operation and use his political contacts for the operation's protection. The deal would also involve an alliance between the Corleone and Tattaglia families that Vito would rather have avoided.
Prior to the assassination attempt, Vito Corleone left his office in the Genco Pura Olive Oil warehouse. He was supposed to be driven back to his Long Beach home by his regime man Paulie Gatto along with his son Fredo. When the Don found that Paulie was not there, Fredo let him know that Paulie had bunked his duty of that day due to a cold. The Don was ambushed and shot down by two hitmen as he purchased oranges from a stall. Fredo fumbled with his gun, and failed to defeat the hitmen, falling to the sidewalk and sobbing as his father lay in a pool of blood, unconscious.
The assassination attempt is simultaneous to other multi-directional attacks on the family: Vito's most trusted and feared enforcer Luca Brasi was sent to infiltrate the Tattaglia family several weeks earlier, but was taken by surprise and murdered in a nightclub by Tattaglia's son Bruno, Tattaglia associate Sollozzo and an unnamed hitman. Following the assassination, Tom Hagen was kidnapped and told to reason with Santino, who was now the acting head of the family. Sollozzo was unaware that Vito had survived and was furious when he discovered this fact.
There was a second attempt on his life at the hospital, which was foiled by Michael, who had his father taken to another ward and scared off Sollozzo and his assassins with the help of Enzo Aguello, which was avenged (against Vito's wishes) by the murder of Bruno Tattaglia.
Michael had to flee to Sicily after assassinating Sollozzo and his bodyguard Captain McCluskey (something which greatly disappointed the Don), and Sonny waged a destructive and costly war on the other families, nearly wiping out the Tattaglias, but without Don Vito's skills, he could not manage a complete victory, and he was eventually assassinated on the Jones Beach Causeway.
- "I knew that Santino was going to have to go through all this. And Fredo - well... Fredo was well... But I never... I never wanted this for you. I work my whole life, I don't apologize, to take care of my family. And I refused - to be a fool - dancing on the string, held by all those bigshots. I don't apologize, that's my life ,but I thought that when it was your time that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone. Governor - Corleone, or something..."
- ―Vito Corleone to Michael Corleone[src]
Vito was summoned back into active service and he surprised the other families when he immediately sued for peace and promised, he would not seek vengeance on the condition that his son Michael be allowed to return home alive and unharmed. He then became semi-retired, acting as a consigliere of sorts to his son Michael. They both plan the destruction of Barzini and his allies, which would be carried out once Vito would die realizing, that Barzini would move against the family after his death with the purpose of conquering it. The two of them surmised that someone in the family would betray Michael in this event by setting up a meeting with Don Emilio Barzini, Vito's main rival and the mastermind behind the Sollozzo scheme.
In 1955, he died of a heart attack at age 67, while playing with his grandson Anthony in his garden. His funeral was attended by members of the Families from across the country, as well as floods of well-wishers. Before he died he transferred nearly all of his political contacts to his son, which would prove to be crucial in the revenge scheme, Michael orchestrated to wipe out Barzini later.
- Carmela Corleone — Wife
- Santino "Sonny" Corleone — Eldest son
- Tom Hagen — Informally adopted son
- Fredo Corleone — Middle son
- Michael Corleone — Youngest son
- Constanzia "Connie" Corleone — Daughter
- Vincent Mancini — Illegitimate grandson
- Anthony Corleone — Grandson
- Mary Corleone — Granddaughter
- Santino Corleone, Jr. — Grandson
- Frank Corleone — Grandson
- Francesca Corleone — Granddaughter
- Kathy Corleone — Granddaughter
- Victor Rizzi - Grandson
- Michael Francis Rizzi - Grandson
- Antonio Andolini — Father
- Signora Andolini — Mother
- Paolo Andolini — Brother
- Stefano Andolini — Cousin
- Carmela Van Arsdale - Great-granddaughter
- Sonny Van Arsdale - Great-grandson
- Other great-grandchildren
In Sequel Novels
The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge
As, except for flashbacks, both Mark Winegardner sequel novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge take place after Vito's death, Vito has a small role in these novels. He appears in flashbacks which detail his motivations and his criminal enterprise's rise to power, as well as his relationship with his family.
The Family Corleone
In Video Games
The Godfather: The Game
- "You know, it's a lot of foolishness about this Sollozzo business. It's so unfortunate, it's really unnecessary. I gave him my 'no' with common courtesy. I told him his business would not interfere with mine. And uh, he wouldn't take it right. I know the Tattaglia family has brought down misfortune on our own heads. Well, that's life. Everybody's got their own tale of sorrow."
- ―Vito to Michael Corleone[src]
In The Godfather: The Game, Vito first appears receiving Johnny Trapani's payments from Peter Clemenza on Mott Street. Not long after, Johnny is ambushed in an alleyway by Emilio Barzini. His son Aldo wanders up to the scene, but Vito shields him from the body, promising him that when the time is right, he will take his revenge.
Soon after Luca's death, Vito is shot by Virgil Sollozzo's hitmen and is taken to the hospital by Fredo and Aldo. After recovering, Aldo performs a couple of favors for him. He is present during Aldo's initiation ceremony to become a Made Man.
Welcome to the Family
- "There is nothing more important to a man than his Family... these men too, these men of honour, they are also my Family. La Famiglia Corleone. I now invite you to be reborn as one of us. You are now one of our qualified men. Gli unomini qualificat. Please, introduce yourself to your brothers."
- ―Vito Corleone to Aldo Trapani[src]
- Players (Favor 1: Pay off the Don's Official): Don Vito Corleone - Don Vito is waiting for you, troubled by the recent unrest with the police. The officials he's paying aren't doing the job, and he's trusting you with the task of bringing them in line.
- Players (Favor 2: Break up the Union Strike): Don Vito Corleone - The Don has retired to the compound as younger, healthier Family members take care of business. The Don wishes to speak to you. Do not keep him waiting.
Personality and Traits
- "I understand. You found paradise in America, had a good trade, made a good living. The police protected you; and there were courts of law. And you didn't need a friend like me. But now you come to me and you say- "Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money."
- ―Vito Corleone to Amerigo Bonasera.[src]
Vito was known to be very loyal and generous to his friends and allies, but would always get vengeance if betrayed. He was also a very loving and caring father and husband to his family. Having lost his entire family to outside forces as a child, Vito valued family above all else, and since he had survived on the kindness of strangers in his flight from Sicily, he viewed friendship and goodwill almost as important as family. Vito was very grief-stricken after Sonny died, knowing that either his civilian son Michael would take the reins, or, as he saw it, his too-gentle and weak son Fredo. Vito was very handy with a gun, and knew how to disperse with one. He was very smart and logical as a mafioso, always knowing when to take a deal or not, and how to go about doing so. Vito had the foresight of a master chess player, able to predict the ramifications and possible opportunities from seemingly random events years in advance and was known to use reason to solve problems and only use violence as the last possible resort. He was also shown as a great adviser to Michael after he took over.
As a Don, Vito was a firm believer in the long-term benefits of courtesy, goodwill, and maintaining the reputation of a fatherly, benevolent benefactor. Vito took pains to ensure that those loyal to him felt valued and important because of their loyalty, not merely grunts to be used. Vito never liked to use violence or threats when words and negotiations would suffice. Although he was a millionaire with powerful connections and hundreds of dangerous men under his command, Vito insisted on maintaining an outwardly humble appearance, almost never lording his wealth and power over people who came to him for help, always reassuring and comforting people that they had made the right choice, that they shouldn't be ashamed or afraid. Vito viewed egomaniacs who humiliated those beneath them out of a need to feel powerful as stupid, insecure, and recklessly creating enemies everywhere. Although he could be cold with those who had offended him, Vito never lost his temper or gave into his passions, having seen firsthand how that had gotten his father and brother killed, and was dismayed that Sonny has acquired the same temper problems. This had multiple effects: it made his enemies vastly underestimate what he was capable of, but it also made business easier. Those he did business with were less likely to turn on him or go to the police. Having so many favors owed to him from so many different people in so many different walks of life meant that the Corleone family would always have some advantage in any situation. Vito's approach meant that those he patronized would willingly repay him out of a sense of gratitude and friendship, rather than view him as some cold creditor looking to reclaim a debt. It also helped his family maintain a low profile in the eyes of the law and the public, which Vito deeply prioritized.
In an underworld full of ruthless mob bosses who preferred to be feared, Vito's reputation for compassion and generosity meant that people were more willing to deal with the Corleones over their rivals, and more likely to volunteer their aid in times of trouble. Vito attempted to spread these values throughout the American underworld, with limited success. The various crime families (minus Chicago) did adopt his proposed business model for organized crime however, having been convinced of the plan's security and sheer profit potential.
That said, Vito was very coldly logical, and was decisively ruthless when negotiations failed. He knew when to act too quickly for his enemies to respond, but he also possessed the enormous patience to quietly bide his time for years for his enemies to let their guard down, even willing to lose ground to rivals in order to lure them into a false sense of security. When faced with a problem, Vito never allowed anything to get between him and a solution. Vito's enemies were well aware of what he was capable of when crossed; during the course of The Godfather, the Five Families had assumed that the gang war was over with the assassination of Sonny Corleone, only to be sent into panic mode when they found out that Vito had recovered enough to take command of the Corleone's again. They continued to be suspicious of Vito's offers of a peace summit, assuming it must have been a trap so Vito could exact his vengeance, until they learned that Vito had hired hostages for everyone attending the meeting at great cost. This cold intelligence and calculating ruthlessness would be inherited by Vito's youngest and favorite son, Michael, who would be the one to take vengeance for his older brother's murder.
On sexual matters, Vito was very straightlaced, his opinions tied to his reverence for family. He viewed sex as something sacred between a married couple, an act meant to strengthen and grow a family. He greatly disapproved of out-of-wedlock relations and one-night stands, viewing them as both a lack of personal control and a violation of what he viewed as sacrosanct. Santino's poorly-hidden adultery and philandering were, in Vito's eyes, a betrayal of family and yet another sign of Sonny's inability to control his passions. The business of prostitution especially offended his sensibilities, both in the idea of selling something that is supposed to be sacred to family, and an exploitation of weak and vulnerable women.
Vito was a man who never let himself be controlled by others. Vito had grown up at the mercy of men with greater power and far less kindness than himself, and it had destroyed his family once. His entire motivation for becoming a Mafia boss was to ensure that he controlled the world around him in order to make a safe, prosperous environment for the people he cared about to live in, even if he had to kill people to do it. He professed no regrets over his life of crime, save that it wasn't quite safe enough to keep all three of his sons from being dragged into it. Most tragic was Michael, the son who viewed most like himself: strong of character, highly intelligent, perceptive, self-controlled, possessing the force of will needed to lead men, and the same unwillingness to be controlled by others. Vito had hoped that, with the firm foundation he could provide, that Michael could become a powerful man in the legitimate world, and although he pretended otherwise, Michael's stubborn refusal to bow to his father's wishes secretly made Vito proud. Thus, Vito viewed Michael's assassination of Sollozzo and McCluskey as a tragedy and a personal failing.
Behind the Scenes
- Vito Corleone is believed to be a composite of Frank Costello, Joe Profaci, Carlo Gambino and Joseph Bonanno.
- Marlon Brando used audio tapes from the Kefauver hearings to listen to Frank Costello's voice as inspiration to build his portrayal of the character. Costello also had vast political connections and was against the narcotics trade. Joe Profaci was a leading importer of olive oil in the United States and was dubbed "The Olive Oil King". Joe Bonanno was born in a small town in Sicily and went to the United States following the death of his father. He also wanted his son to succeed him as boss of one of the Five Families. Carlo Gambino became the de facto boss of bosses in the 1960s and was known for being low-key and soft spoken.
- The assassination attempt on Vito Corleone is inspired by the murder of Frank Scalice, who was shot to death while buying fruit at a vegetable market.
- Vito Corleone is portrayed by Oreste Baldini as a nine-year-old, by Robert De Niro when he was in his twenties and thirties, and by Marlon Brando when he was in his fifties and sixties.
- Premiere Magazine listed Vito Corleone as the greatest movie character in history. He was also selected as the 10th greatest movie character by Empire Magazine.
- In The Godfather: The Game, he was voiced by Doug Abrahams, using Brando's likeness.
- In the novel Vito flees to America when he is twelve years old, while in The Godfather Part II he flees to America at age nine.
- In The Godfather, Vito's tombstone lists his birthday as April 29, 1887. In The Godfather Part II this is changed to December 7, 1891.
- Vito Corleone has been regarded by many critics and fans alike as one of the top most iconic characters in movie history, in the gangster/crime genre. Mixed with the superb portrayals by Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro (which won them Academy Awards) alongside Vito's cunning personality has made him one of the greatest mafia characters in movie history.
Notes and References
- Vito's tombstone in The Godfather
- The Godfather Part II
- The Godfather
- Cowie, Peter (1997). The Godfather Book. Faber and Faber, p. 18. ISBN 0571190111. Cite error: Invalid
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- Fact and Fiction in The Godfather. truTV.com.
- Bonanno Crime Family Finds Wealth, Turmoil. Los Angeles Times.
- Lebo, Harlan (2005). The Godfather Legacy. Fireside, p. 125. ISBN 0743287770.
- Sifakis, Carl (2005). The Mafia Encyclopedia. Checkmark Books, p. 403. ISBN 1592573053.
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