Richard S. Castellano


04 Sep 1933


The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA


Richard Salvatore Castellano


Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was originally a construction company manager, then he gained work with the New Yiddish Theatre, before breaking into film near his thirtieth birthday. However in 1970, in only his fourth film, Castellano received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) and came to the attention of casting agents for The Godfather (1972). After his strong showing as a tough hoodlum in The Godfather (1972), he became somewhat typecast as a screen criminal and appeared in further crime films including Honor Thy Father (1973) and Gangster Wars (1981).

He died in December 1988 from a heart attack at the age of 55.

Actor ( 22 credits )

Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982) Agent
Gangster Wars (1981) Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" Masseria
Night of the Juggler (1980) Lt. Tonelli (as Richard Castellano)
Joe and Sons (1975)  Joe Vitale (14 episodes, 1975-1976)
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
The Godfather (1972) Clemenza (as Richard Castellano)
The Super (1972)  Joe Girelli (10 episodes, 1972)
The Godfather: Behind the Scenes (1971) Himself (as Richard Castellano)
Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) Frank Vecchio (as Richard Castellano)
The Virginia Graham Show (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1971)
A Lovely Way to Die (1968) Bartender (uncredited)
N.Y.P.D. (1967) (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
A Fine Madness (1966) Arnold
Hawk (1966)  Friend (1 episode, 1966)
Three Rooms in Manhattan (1965) Angry American (uncredited)
The Hollywood Squares (1965)  Guest Appearance (2 episodes, 1971-1975)
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Himself (2 episodes, 1971)
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) Extra (uncredited)
East Side/West Side (1963) (1 episode, 1963)
Naked City (1958)  Bartender / ... (uncredited) (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Frank in scene from 'Lovers and Other Strangers' (1 ep