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Michael V. Gazzo

Michael V. Gazzo

Highest Rated: 96% King Creole (1958)

Lowest Rated: 13% Cookie (1989)

Birthday: Apr 5, 1923

Birthplace: Hillside, New Jersey, USA

A broad-playing, gravel-voiced character player best known as Frankie Pentangeli, capo of the old neighborhood, in "The Godfather, Part II" (1974), Gazzo was also a renowned acting teacher and award-winning playwright. He began working simultaneously as a stage director and actor at the Great Neck (NY) Playhouse. From 1946-49, while studying at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research, he directed several shows and acted in numerous productions, including "The Little Foxes" and "Juno and the Paycock." After graduating, Gazzo began a life-long association with the Actors Studio out of which developed his acclaimed play "A Hatful of Rain" (1955), a portrait of a lower-middle-class man attempting to break his addiction to drugs. It was filmed in 1957, co-written by Gazzo, with a cast that included Don Murray as the addict, Eva Marie Saint as his pregnant wife and Anthony Franciosa (repeating his stage role) as his brother. His second play, "Night Circus," was produced in New York in 1958, with less stellar results. That same year he also wrote "King Creole," a movie starring Elvis Presley.

Highest rated movies

96% The Godfather, Part II
86% Alligator
85% Fingers
75% Black Sunday
69% Fear City
67% King of the Gypsies
42% Last Action Hero
40% Back Roads

Photos

THE GODFATHER: PART II, Michael V. Gazzo, Robert De Niro, 1974 CANNONBALL RUN II, Michael V. Gazzo, 1984, (c)Warner Bros. CANNONBALL RUN II, (top to bottom): Susan Anton, Catherine Bach, Foster Brooks, Sid Caesar, Jackie Chan, Tim Conway, Tony Danza, Jack Elam, Michael Gazzo, Richard Kiel, Don Knotts, Ricardo Montalban, Jim Nabors, Louis Nye, Molly Picon, Charles Nelson Reill FINGERS, Michael V. Gazzo, Harvey Keitel, 1978, Worldvision Enterprises. FISH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH, THE, Includes Michael V. Gazzo, Julius Irving, Stockard Channing, 1979 THE GANG THAT COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT, Michael V. Gazzo (rear second left), Lionel Stander (front), 1971 THE GODFATHER: PART II, Robert DeNiro, Michael V. Gazzo, 1974 THE GODFATHER: PART II, Michael V. Gazzo, Al Pacino, 1974

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 60% Nothing to Lose Joe (Character) - 1994
42% 48% Last Action Hero Torelli (Character) - 1993
13% 37% Cookie Carmine (Character) $1.4M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood Ties Joseph Salina (Character) - 1986
69% 33% Fear City Mike (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Winter of Our Discontent Marullo (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 50% Body and Soul Frankie (Character) - 1981
40% 36% Back Roads Tazio (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 0% Cuba Crossing Rossellini (Character) - 1980
86% 49% Alligator Chief Clark (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 33% Blood Barrier Chico Suarez (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 38% Love and Bullets Lobo (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beach Patrol Banker (Character) - 1979
85% 69% Fingers Ben (Character) - 1978
67% 62% King of the Gypsies Spiro Giorgio (Character) - 1978
75% 65% Black Sunday Muzi (Character) - 1977
96% 97% The Godfather, Part II Frankie Pentangeli (Character) - 1974
96% 83% King Creole Screenwriter - 1958
No Score Yet 74% A Hatful of Rain Screenwriter - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st & Ten Sal Arcola (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1984-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Mr. Kapp (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet 95% Magnum, P.I. Victor DiGorgio (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 62% Taxi Vince (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 80% Columbo Vittorio Rossi (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Back, Kotter Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Joel Adrian (Guest Star) 1975