Celebrity News : Louis Giovanni “Gianni” Russo is an American singer and actor who was born on December 12, 1943, in Rosebank, Staten Island. He has a net worth of $ 4 million
He is known for his role as Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather in 1972. After repeating his role as Rizzi briefly during a flashback at the end of The Godfather II, Russo would work on more than 35 films including The Freshman, Super Mario Bros., Any Given Sunday, and Seabiscuit.
Russo claims to have started a career in organized crime working as a messenger and associate of the mafia for Frank Costello as a teenager but later abandoned that dangerous and volatile lifestyle.
In his book Supermob, journalist Gus Russo wrote that Gianni Russo got his role in The Godfather acting as an intermediary between the Paramount studio and New York Mafia don Joe Colombo Sr. whose Italian anti-defamation league had prevented the start of the film’s production in Manhattan. Colombo met with the film’s executive producers who later hired Russo to play Carlo after Russo had threatened Marlon Brando, who thought he was acting and impressed him so much that he changed his mind.
Russo says he has personally met three popes, five US presidents, and all the country’s mafia bosses. Also says to have had dates with Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Liza Minnelli. The following years after the start of his stardom opened a restaurant in Las Vegas called Gianni Russo ‘State Street, has dated Dionne Warwick for more than a decade and successfully won 23 federal crime charges on a variety of charges related to organized crime.
He is also an accomplished singer. In 2004 he released an album called “Reflections” where he honors Dino Paul Crocetti and Frank Sinatra.