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Johnny Fontane (April 2, 1913-September 17, 1989) is an Academy Award winning fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather, as well the series of movies based upon it. In Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 film adaptation of the novel, he was portrayed by Al Martino. The role was turned down by Frankie Avalon [1] Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969). ... The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnams Sons. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Cover of the album Come Share the Wine Al Martino (born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini) is an Italian-American singer and actor. ... Francis Thomas Avallone (born September 18, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an American actor and teen idol in the 1950s and early 1960s. ...


In the novel and film, Fontane is a famous crooner and occasional movie star in the vein of Frank Sinatra, upon whom the character appears to be at least partially based. He is also the godson of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a major Mafia crime family. Audiences learn of four occasions on which Corleone intervenes to help his career. The first, years before the main time frame of the original novel and film, is when he uses violent persuasion to buy out a contract that Fontane is locked into. The second, the infamous horse-head scene, is an act of intimidation, carried out at the Godfather's behest, to ensure Fontane receives a part in a major studio movie. The third occasion the Godfather's help wins Fontane an Academy Award for best actor, and in the last occasion, Fontane is lent money to start his own film studio. Left To Right, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Crooner is an epithet given to a male singer of a certain style of popular songs, dubbed pop standards. ... A movie star or film star is a celebrity who is a person known for his or her roles in motion pictures. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Brandon McGaha, formerly known as [Xe]-godson, and most recently known as [Xe]-cheetz is known as the most infamous cheater in Counter-Strike:Source. ... Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in The Godfather, from Paramount Pictures via the Canadian Press Vito Corleone is the fictional head of one of the five big New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 movie adaptation. ... The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra), is an Italian criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Fontane is a minor character in the movie adaptation. In the original novel, however, the character is far more central, with large portions of the book dedicated to his adventures and misadventures in Los Angeles and Las Vegas; his precarious relationship with childhood friend and former partner Nino Valenti; and his struggles with losing the singing voice that made him famous. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ...


The character is expanded upon in the novel The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner which make the parallels with Sinatra more explicit. In the 2004 novel, Fontane campaigns for the presidential election of his friend, James Kavanaugh "Jimmy" Shea, a young and privileged governor from New Jersey (as Sinatra did for then-Senator John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts). The other members of the Rat Pack are also represented (albeit with different names). The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. ... Image:Mark Winegardner - photo by Michael Belk. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  Ranked 47th  - Total 8,729 sq mi (22,608 km²)  - Width 70 miles (110 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 14. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, Kennedy, John Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, or JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of the United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Curiously, in Winegardner's sequel The Godfather's Revenge, the real Sinatra is briefly mentioned. The Godfathers Revenge is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner. ...


The opening scene where Johnny talks to Don Vito about the role in Hollywood is based on Frank Sinatra getting the part in From Here to Eternity. From Here to Eternity is a 1953 movie based on a James Jones novel in which characters work through ordinary bouts of intimidation and infidelity on a military base in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor. ...


Notes and References

  1. ^ "Frankie Avalon - Funny Trivia". Retrieved on July 8, 2007.


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The Godfather series

Films

The GodfatherThe Godfather Part IIThe Godfather Part IIIThe Godfather Saga The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Godfather Saga is a made for TV movie that combines The Godfather Part I and The Godfather Part II into one movie playing in chronological order. ...

Novels

The Godfather (novel)The SicilianThe Godfather ReturnsThe Godfather's Revenge The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnams Sons. ... The Sicilian is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo and published in 1984 by Random House Publishing Group (ISBN 0-671-43564-7). ... The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. ... The Godfathers Revenge is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner. ...

Corleone family The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ...

Vito CorleoneCarmella CorleoneTom HagenSonny CorleoneFredo CorleoneMichael CorleoneConnie Corleone-Rizzi • Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone • Kay AdamsAnthony CorleoneMary Corleone • Vinnie Mancini-Corleone • Information Aliases The Godfather, The Don Gender Male Date of birth December 7th, 1891 Date of death June 25, 1955 Family Corleone family Spouse(s) Carmella Corleone Children Sonny Corleone, Fredo Corleone, Michael Corleone, Connie Corleone, Tom Hagen (adopted) Portrayed by Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Oreste Baldini Created by... Carmella Mama Corleone (December 8, 1897 – January 27, 1959) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Thomas Tom Hagen (1917-1964) is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... Santino Sonny Corleone (August 7, 1948) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Frederico Fredo Corleone (December 26, 1917 – March 6, 1959) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Michael Corleone (December 25, 1920 – December 29, 1997) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Constanzia Connie Corleone-Rizzi (1922–1998) is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather saga. ... Information Gender Female Date of birth 1922 Date of death 1988 Family Corleone family Relationships Michael Corleone Children Mary Corleone, Anthony Corleone Portrayed by Diane Keaton Created by Mario Puzo For similar names, see Kaye Adams (disambiguation) Kay Adams Corleone(1922-1988) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos... Anthony Vito Corleone (1952- ) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as the trilogy of films based on it directed by Francis Ford Coppola. ... Information Gender Female Date of birth 1954 Date of death 1980 Family Corleone family Relatives Michael Corleone (father) Kay Adams (mother) Portrayed by Sofia Coppola Created by Mario Puzo Mary Corleone (1954–1980) is a fictional character in the Godfather saga, portrayed by Sofia Coppola. ... Vincent Vinnie Mancini-Corleone became the succeeding Don and head of the fictional Corleone mafia family in the film, The Godfather Part III. Bio Spoiler warning: Vincent was born the illegitimate son of Sonny Corleone and Lucy Mancini (Connies bridesmade, seen in The Godfather Part I) in 1948. ...

Other families

Emilio BarziniOttilio CuneoAnthony StracciBruno TattagliaPhilip TattagliaCarlo TramontiVincent ForlenzaLouie RussoJoe ZaluchiFrankie FalconeTony MolinariSam DragoPaulie FortunatoOzzie AltobelloRico Tattaglia Don Emilio Barzini (1893-1950) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... Don Ottilio Leo the Milkman Cuneo (1882-1955) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Don Anthony Stracci (1894-1955) (Black Tony) is a fictional character appearing in the film The Godfather. ... Bruno Tattaglia (1913-1947) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the The Godfather trilogy of films. ... Philip Gustapay Tattaglia(1891-1955) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, the first installment of The Godfather film trilogy and The Godfather video game. ... Carlo Tramonti (1885-1968) (the Whale) was the fictional Don of the New Orleans syndicate from 1931 to 1968. ... Vincent Forleza (1890-1961) (the Jew) was the Don of the Cleveland syndicate from 1931 to 1961. ... Luigi Louie Russo (the Face) was the Don of the Chicago outfit from 1955 to 1961. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Francis Frank Falcone (1883-1955) was the Don of the Las Angeles syndicate and features a prominent role in the novels, The Godfather and The Godfather Returns. ... Anthony Tony Molinari (1881-1955) was the don of the San Francisco syndicate and features a prominant role in the novels The Godfather and The Godfather Returns. ... Salvatore Drago (born 1917) (Slent Sam) is the current don of Tampa, Florida. ... Paul Fortunato (1910- ) (Fat Paulie) is a major character in the novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... Don Osvaldo Ozzie Altobello is a fictional character in The Godfather: Part III, portrayed by Eli Wallach. ... Rico Tattaglia (1895-1961) was the Don of the Tattaglia Crime Family from 1955 to 1961. ...

Other characters

Luca BrasiWillie CicciDon CiccioPete ClemenzaDon FanucciJohnny FontaneSenator Pat GearyArchbishop GildayMoe GreeneFrederick KeinszigCardinal LambertoRocco LamponeLucy ManciniAl NeriJohnny OlaFrank PentangeliHyman RothCarlo RizziVirgil SollozzoSal TessioDon TommasinoJack WoltzJoey ZasaNick GeraciEddie ParadiseTommy NeriJames SheaRitchie NobilioJoe LucadelloMomo BaroneSal NarducciCarmine MarinoDanny SheaBilly Van ArsdaleMickey SheaBud Payton Luca Brasi (1906-1945) is a character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as its 1972 film adaptation (portrayed by Lenny Montana). ... Willie Cicci (1915-1959) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Don Ciccio (1837-1925) is a fictional mafia Don in the The Godfather Part II. He was portrayed by the actor Giuseppe Sillato who has only appeared in three movies to date. ... Information Gender Male Portrayed by Richard S. Castellano Created by Mario Puzo Peter Clemenza (1890-1957) is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Massimo Fanucci(1866-1921) is a fictional character appearing in The Godfather Part II. He is portrayed by Gastone Moschin. ... Pat Geary is a character portrayed by G.D. Spradlin, in The Godfather, Part II. He is a corrupt Democratic U.S. senator from Nevada. ... Archbishop Gilday is a fictional character in The Godfather Part III. He is portrayed by Donal Donnelly. ... Moe Greene is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first installment of the Godfather trilogy. ... Frederick Keinszig is a fictional character appearing in The Godfather Part III. He was portrayed by Austrian actor Helmut Berger. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... Rocco Lampone is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the first two installments of the Godfather trilogy. ... Lucy Mancini (1921-1987) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Albert Al Neri(1916-1990) is a character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the three films based on it. ... Johnny Ola is a fictional character appearing in Francis Ford Coppolas and Mario Puzos film The Godfather Part II. Ola was portrayed by actor Dominic Chianese. ... Frank Pentangeli (Frankie Five Angels) is a fictional character from the novel and film The Godfather Part II. In the film, he was portrayed by Michael V. Gazzo, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance. ... Hyman Roth (December 28, 1892-March 6, 1959) is a fictional character (based heavily on real-life gangster Meyer Lansky), who plays a pivotal role in the film The Godfather Part II. He was portrayed by Lee Strasberg, a well-respected acting teacher, in one of his few screen roles. ... Carlo Rizzi is a fictional a character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Virgil The Turk Sollozzo (March 2, 1899 - January 12, 1946) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... As Don Vito Corleone rose to prominence in the Mafia underworld, Tessio and Clemenza rose with him, eventually settling into the capo role. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jack Woltz is a fictional character from the novel The Godfather and the 1972 film adaptation. ... Joey Zasa(1936-1979) is a fictional character appearing in the The Godfather, Part III. He was portrayed by Joe Mantegna. ... Fausto Dominic Nick Geraci Jnr (informally known as Nick Geraci) is a central character in the Mark Winegardner novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... Edward Eddie Paradise (the Turtle ) was a Corleone Soldato under Nick Geraci in the novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... Thomas Tommy Neri (Tommy Scootch) was a soldato in the Corleone family and was a prominaent figure in the novels The Godfather, The Godfather Returns, and The Godfathers Revenge. ... James Kavanaugh Jimmy Shea (1919-1964) is the fictional president of the 1960 Presidential Election. ... Richard Nobilio (Ritchie-Two-Guns) is a Corleone soldato who has a pivitol role in the novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... Joeseph P. Lucadello (AKA Ike Rosen) was a C.I.A agent in the novels, The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... Cosimo Momo Barone (Momo the Roach) is a soldato in the novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... Salvatore Sal Narducci (1887-1959) (Laughing Sal) is the scheming Consigliere to Vincent Forlenza and is a prominant figure in the novel, The Godfather Returns. ... Carmine Marino (1941-1963) was a third cousin to the Bochichioo family and played a prominant role in the novel, The Godfather Returns. ... Daniel Brandon Danny Shea (1921-1968) is the fictional Attorney General from 1960 to 1964 in the novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfathers Revenge. ... William Brester Billy Van Arsdale III (1935-1962) is the husband of Francesca Corleone in the novel, The Godfather Returns. ... Michael Corbatt Mickey Shea (1890-1961) is a fictional bootlegger (based on Joe Kennedy) and father of president James Shea and attorney general Danny Shea. ... Ambrose Bud Payton is a fictional charector appearing in the novel, The Godfathers Revenge. ...

Music

The Godfather (soundtrack)The Godfather Part II (soundtrack)The Godfather Part III (soundtrack)Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather)Promise Me You'll Remember (Love Theme from The Godfather Part III) The Godfather is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released in 1972 by Columbia, USA and in 1991 on compact disc by MCA. Unless noted, the songs were perfomed and composed by Nino Rota. ... The Godfather Part II is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released in 1974 by MCA. Tracks Main Title/The Immigrant 3:27 New Carpet 2:00 Kay 3:00 Evry Time I Look in Your Eyes/After the Party 2:35 Vito and Abbandando 2... The Godfather Part III is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released in 1990 by Columbia, USA. // Tracks Main Title (Nino Rota) – 00:41 The Godfather Waltz (Rota) – 01:10 Marcia Religioso (Carmine Coppola, Rota) – 02:51 Michaels Letter (Coppola, Rota) – 01:08 The Immigrant/Love... Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From The Godfather) is a song written for The Godfather (1972), the first film in the Godfather trilogy. ... Promise Me Youll Remember (Love Theme From The Godfather Part III) is a song written for The Godfather Part III (1990), the third film in the Godfather trilogy. ...

Related

Mario PuzoFrancis Ford Coppola • Albert Ruddy • Nino RotaCrime filmOrganized crimeMafiaLa Cosa NostraFive FamiliesSicilyCorleoneThe Godfather: The GameMark Winegardner Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969). ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Albert S. Ruddy (born March 28, 1930) is a Canadian filmmaker. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer best known for his work on film scores, notably The Godfather series and the films of Federico Fellini. ... A crime film, in its most general sense, is a film that deals with crime, criminal justice and the darker side of human nature. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ... The Mafia (also known as Cosa Nostra), is an Italian criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... Charles Lucky Luciano, one of the most famous American bosses (La) Cosa Nostra (our thing or this thing of ours in Italian) is a worldwide alliance of criminals, linked through both familial and conspiratorial ties, that is dedicated to pursuing crime and protecting its members. ... The Five Families are the major crime families of the Italian-American Mafia based in New York City which have dominated traditional organized crime in New York. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Corleone is a small town of approximately 12,000 inhabitants in the province of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. ... Image:Mark Winegardner - photo by Michael Belk. ...


 
 

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