Eudie Pak at Biography.com offers a piece of the real-life people and events that inspired Mario Puzo’s The Godfather novel and the Francis Ford Coppola Godfather films.
Based on Mario Puzo's 1969 crime novel of the same name, Francis Ford Coppola's cinematic masterpiece The Godfather (1972) chronicles the fictional Corleone family and its rise to becoming one of the most powerful mafia families in America.
Starring Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone and Al Pacino as his son Michael, The Godfather was lauded by both critics and audiences alike and spawned a pair of sequels: The Godfather II (1974) and The Godfather III (1990).
The Godfather franchise is heavily influenced by many real-life mobsters and events. Here are some of the true stories behind the films:
Real-life mobsters and entertainers served as inspiration for the characters
Vito Corleone was inspired by Frank Costello.
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You can also read my Washington Times review of The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition via the below link:
And you can read my Crime Beat column, Goodfellas Don’t Sue Goodfellas, which covers The Godfather, Goodfellas, organized crime and the Philly mob via the below link: