Michael V. Gazzo

Michael Vincente Gazzo

Highest Rated: 100% King Creole (1958)

Lowest Rated: 15% Cookie (1989)

Birthday: Apr 05, 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 60% Nothing to Lose Joe (Character) - 1994
38% 47% Last Action Hero Torelli (Character) - 1993
15% 39% Cookie Carmine (Character) $1.4M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood Ties Joseph Salina (Character) - 1986
64% 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% 34% Back Roads Tazio (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 0% Cuba Crossing Rossellini (Character) - 1980
80% 48% Alligator Chief Clark (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 33% Blood Barrier Chico Suarez (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beach Patrol Banker (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 40% Love and Bullets Lobo (Character) - 1979
83% 69% Fingers Ben (Character) - 1978
75% 65% King of the Gypsies Spiro Giorgio (Character) - 1978
69% 64% Black Sunday Muzi (Character) - 1977
98% 97% The Godfather, Part II Frankie Pentangeli (Character) - 1974
100% 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 (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 No Score Yet Taxi Vince (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Vittorio Rossi (Guest Star) 1978
33% 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 Unknown (Guest Star) 1975

QUOTES FROM Michael Vincente Gazzo CHARACTERS

Tom Hagen says: Don't worry about anything, Frankie Five-Angels.

Frankie Pentangeli says: Thanks, Tom. Thanks.

Tom Hagen says: Frankie, you were always interested in politics, in history. I remember you talking about Hitler back in '43. We were young then.

Frankie Pentangeli says: Yeah, I still read a lot. They bring me stuff.

Tom Hagen says: You were around the old timers who dreamed up how the Families should be organized, how they based it on the old Roman Legions, and called them 'Regimes'... with the 'Capos' and 'Soldiers,' and it worked.

Frankie Pentangeli says: Yeah, it worked. Those were great old days. We was like the Roman Empire. The Corleone family was like the Roman Empire.

Tom Hagen says: (sadly) Yeah, it was once. (very gently) The Roman Empire... when a plot against the Emperor failed, the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes.

Tom Hagen says: [sadly] Yeah, it was once. [very gently] The Roman Empire... when a plot against the Emperor failed, the plotters were always given a chance to let their families keep their fortunes.

Frankie Pentangeli says: Yeah, but only the rich guys. The little guys got knocked off. If they got arrested and executed, all their estate went to the Emperor. If they just went home and killed themselves, up front, nothing happened.

Tom Hagen says: Yeah, that was a good break. A nice deal. Pentangeli looks at Hagen; he understands.

Frankie Pentangeli says: They went home and sat in a hot bath and opened their veins, and bled to death. Sometimes they gave a little party before they did it. Hagen throws away his cigar. Pentangeli puffs on his.

Frankie Pentangeli says: Your father did business with Hyman Roth, he respected Hyman Roth... but he never trusted Hyman Roth!

Frankie Pentangeli says: Your father did business with Hyman Roth, he respected Hyman Roth, but he never trusted Hyman Roth!