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Encyclopedia > Salvatore Tessio

Salvatore "Sal" Tessio is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and the film based on it. In the film, Tessio was played by Abe Vigoda, and as a younger man in the sequel by John Aprea. Mario Puzo Mario Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his fictional books about the Mafia. ... Cover of The Godfather. ... The Godfather is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name, written by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. ... Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921, in New York City) is an American movie and television actor. ... The Godfather Part II is the sequel to The Godfather, released in 1974. ... John Aprea (born March 4, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an Italian-American actor, best known for in movies for his role as Young Sal Tessio in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and on television as Lucas Castigliano on the soap opera Another World, from 1989 to 1992. ...


As Don Vito Corleone rose to prominence in the Mafia underworld, Tessio and Peter Clemenza rose with him, eventually settling into the caporegime role. Tessio owned the Embassy Club in Brooklyn and made it his base of operations. From there, he managed his Mafia soldiers and was very well-connected throughout the borough. Most federal investigators considered Tessio the smarter and savvier mobster of the two capos. Al Neri and William "Willie" Cicci are his soldiers. Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather Vito Corleone (Born: Vito Andolini), aka The Godfather, is the fictional head of one of the five New York Mafia families in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... // Headline text For other uses, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ...


Tessio never completely trusted Vito's son Michael, and so began plotting against him after he took over the family following his father's death. Ultimately, Tessio arranged for Michael's assassination at a peace summit set up by his enemies. Michael found out, however, and had him killed instead. Michael Corleone, as portrayed by Al Pacino (right) with his fathers consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) in The Godfather. ...

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