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Encyclopedia > Vito Corleone
Vito Corleone

Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in The Godfather
First appearance The Godfather
Last appearance The Godfather Part II
Created by Mario Puzo
Portrayed by Marlon Brando,
Robert De Niro,
Oreste Baldini
Information
Aliases The Godfather, The Don, Don Corleone
Gender Male
Date of birth December 7[1], 1892[2]
Date of death 1954 (aged 62)[2]
Family Corleone family
Spouse(s) Carmella Corleone
Children Sonny Corleone,
Fredo Corleone,
Michael Corleone,
Connie Corleone,
Tom Hagen (adopted)

Vito Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather, as well as Francis Ford Coppola's trilogy of films based on it. In the first film, he was portrayed by Marlon Brando. He was portrayed as a younger man in The Godfather Part II by Robert De Niro. Both performances won Academy Awards. Brando and De Niro remain the only two actors to each win Oscars for playing the same character. Image File history File links Godfather15. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... The Godfather is a novel written by American author Mario Puzo originally published in 1969 by G. P. Putnams Sons. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969). ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. ... Oreste Baldini ( born in 1962 in Milan, Italy), is an American actor who is best known for playing Vito Corleone as a boy in The Godfather Part II. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Wednesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Carmella Mama Corleone (December 8, 1897 – January 27, 1959) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Frederico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Constanzia Connie Corleone Rizzi (1927–2001) is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Thomas Tom Feargal Hagen is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... 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. ... This article is about the 1972 film. ... Marlon Brando, Jr. ... The Godfather Part II is a 1974 motion picture directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script he co-wrote with Mario Puzo. ... Robert Mario De Niro, Jr. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


In Puzo's novel, Vito is the head of the Corleone crime family, one of the most powerful Mafia families in New York. He is depicted as an ambitious Italian immigrant who moves to Little Italy and builds a mafia empire, yet retains (and strictly adheres to) his own personal code of honor. His youngest son, Michael Corleone becomes the Don upon his death at the end of the novel. He has two other sons, Santino "Sonny" Corleone and Fredo Corleone, and a daughter, Connie Corleone, all of whom play major roles in the story. He also informally adopted another son, Tom Hagen, who grew up to become the Family's consigliere. The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... This article is about the criminal society. ... This article is about the state. ... Food vendors line the streets of Little Italy. ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... Frederico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... Constanzia Connie Corleone Rizzi (1927–2001) is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Thomas Tom Feargal Hagen is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... ...


Biography

In the chronology of the Godfather saga, Vito first appears in 1901, as a young boy in the small Sicilian town of Corleone. As documented in the novel (and in Godfather Part II) his father, Antonio Andolini, is murdered by a Sicilian mob boss named Don Ciccio because he refused to pay tribute to him. His older brother, Paolo, swears revenge, but is himself murdered soon after. Eventually, Ciccio's henchmen come to the residence of the Andolinis to take Vito away and have him killed. Desperate, Signora Andolini takes her son to see the mafia chieftain herself. This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Sicily ( 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. ... For other uses, see Mafia (disambiguation). ... 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. ... For other uses, see Revenge (disambiguation). ...


When she goes to see Don Ciccio, she begs for forgiveness, but Ciccio refuses, reasoning that Vito would also seek revenge as an adult. Upon Ciccio's refusal, Signora Andolini puts a knife to his throat, allowing her son to escape at the expense of her own life. Later that night, he is smuggled away, fleeing Sicily to seek refuge in America on a cargo ship full of immigrants. In the novel, he deliberately changes his name to Corleone, after his home town. The movie, however, plays that he is renamed "Vito Corleone" because the immigration workers at Ellis Island mistake the name of his town for his last name. For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ...


Corleone is later adopted by the Abbandando family in New York, and he befriends Genco Abbandando, who becomes like a brother to him. In the years to come, Corleone marries and starts a family. Corleone begins making an honest living at Abbandando's grocery store, but loses the job, as an intimidated Abbandando is forced to employ the nephew of Don Fanucci, the local neighborhood padrone. This article is about the state. ... Massimo Fanucci(1866-1921) is a fictional character appearing in The Godfather Part II. He is portrayed by Gastone Moschin. ...


Corleone soon learns to survive and prosper through petty crime and performing favors in return for loyalty. In 1919, he commits his first murder, killing Fanucci, who had tried to extort money from him. Corleone chooses the day of a major festival to spy on Fanucci from the rooftops as Fanucci goes home, and surprises him at the door to his apartment. He shoots Fanucci three times, as the din from the festival drowns out the noise from the gunshots.


As a young man, Corleone starts an olive oil business, Genco Importers, with his friend Genco Abbandando. Over the years he uses it as a legal front for his organized crime syndicate, while amassing a fortune with its illegal operations. During a journey with his family to his native Sicily in 1925, he avenges his murdered parents and brother by killing the aged Don Ciccio with a knife to the stomach. For the Popeye character, see Olive Oyl. ... Organized crime or criminal organizations are groups or operations run by criminals, most commonly for the purpose of generating a monetary profit. ...


By the early 1930's, Vito Corleone has 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. . While he oversees a business founded on gambling, bootlegging, and union corruption, he is known as a kind, generous man who lives by a strict moral code of loyalty to friends and, above all, family. He tries to spread these values throughout the New York crime world; he disagrees with many of the vicious crimes carried out by gangs and so seeks to control crime in New York by either consuming or eliminating rival gangs. Peter Clemenza is a fictional character appearing in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and two of the three films based on it. ... Salvatore Sal Tessio is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather and the film based on it. ... A caporegime (sometimes shortened to capo) is a term used in the Mafia for a high ranking member of a crime family who heads a crew (or group) of soldiers. ... ... Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. ... Rum-running is the business of smuggling or transporting of alcoholic beverages illegally, usually to circumvent taxation or prohibition. ... A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a legal entity consisting of employees or workers having a common interest, such as all the assembly workers for one employer, or all the workers...


By this time, he has four children. While he loves all of them, he is most proud of Michael, a college graduate and decorated World War II veteran, and wishes for him a life away from the "family business." Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


In 1945, Corleone is badly injured in an assassination attempt, provoked when he refuses the request of Virgil Sollozzo to invest in a drug operation and use his political contacts for the operation's protection. His near death sparks a chain of events that results in Sonny's murder and Michael's eventual ascension to the head of the family. Corleone then acts an unofficial consigliere to his son. Assassin and Assassins redirect here. ... Virgil The Turk Sollozzo (March 2, 1899 - January 12, 1946) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ...


At the end of the novel, he dies of a heart attack while playing with his grandson Anthony in his garden. His last words in the novel are, "Life is so beautiful." Heart attack redirects here. ... 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. ...


Family

Main article: Corleone family
Preceded by
None
Head of the Corleone Crime Family
The Godfather

ca. 1930 - ca. 1954
Succeeded by
Michael Corleone

The Corleone family is a fictional Mafia family of Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Carmella Mama Corleone (December 8, 1897 – January 27, 1959) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos The Godfather. ... Morgana King (born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina DeBernardinis on July 4, 1930 in Pleasantville, New York) is an American actress of Portugese and Italian ancestry, most famous for playing the role of Mama Corleone in The Godfather (1972). ... Santino Sonny Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. ... Thomas Tom Feargal Hagen is a fictional character in the Godfather books and films. ... Robert Selden Duvall (born January 5, 1931) is an Academy Award-, two-time Emmy Award-, and four-time Golden Globe Award-winning American film actor and director. ... Frederico Fredo Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather. ... John Frank Charles Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished Golden Globe Award nominated American film and stage actor whose brief career spanned several acclaimed films of the 1970s. ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA, Emmy, and SAG award winning American actor who is best known for playing the roles of Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface and Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy . ... Constanzia Connie Corleone Rizzi (1927–2001) is a fictional character from The Godfather by Mario Puzo. ... Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946), is an Academy Award-nominated American actress. ... Information Aliases Vincent Mancini Gender Male Date of birth 1947 Date of death Still Living Occupation Gangster Title Don Family Corleone family Relatives Fredo Corleone (Uncle) Lucy Mancini (Mother) Sonny Corleone (Father) Michael Corleone (Uncle) Portrayed by Andy Garcia Created by Mario Puzo Vincent Mancini (born November 30, 1947 - ?) also... Andy Garcia at the Incirlik hospital, Incirlik Air Base, December 7, 2001 Andy García (born April 12, 1956) is a Cuban-American actor. ... 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. ... Franc DAmbrosio (born August 11, 1962 in Bronx, New York), is an American singer and actor, best known for his role in the stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webbers, The Phantom of the Opera. ... 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. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, actress, producer and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... This article is about the 1972 film. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Corleone is a fictional character and protagonist in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ...

References

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  1. ^ The Godfather Part II
  2. ^ a b The Godfather DVD Collection: Bonus Materials

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Vito tells Tom that the new son in law is to be given a living, but never be told anything about the family business.
Vito comes in with Sonny's body and asks for the favor back (funeral director is the very first man in the first scene of the movie), that he clean Sonny up so his mother won't have to see him this way.
Vito asks "Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you, or mine to me?"  He tells them he will bring his son back, and if anything happens to Michael he will hold them responsible.
Vito Corleone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1091 words)
Vito Corleone (December 7, 1891 - June 25, 1955) (Born: Vito Andolini), aka 'The Godfather', is the fictional head of one of the five New York Mafia families (the Corleone family, the others being Stracci, Barzini, Cuneo and Tattaglia) in Mario Puzo's novel, The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation.
Vito Corleone was loosely based on real-life gangster Lucky Luciano as well as other gangsters, many of whom were born in the village of Corleone.
Vito was the only male heir left to stand with his mother at the funeral of his father.
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