Thursday, October 15, 2009

Godfather's Godson No Longer With Us

Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) godson from The Godfather movies died this week in Pennsylvania. Al Martino, who played the singer/actor Johnny Fontane was 82. The character was rumored to be based on the real life exploits of Frank Sinatra. Here is a great scene in which Fontane begs his Godfather to help him land a movie role. This led to the director turning Vito Corleone down and waking up with the head of his expensive horse in bed beside him.

Martino was not related to former South District Councilmember Mary Martino, known to some as the devil's daughter. He died in the Philadelphia suburb of Springfield, Pa. Here is the song he sang at the wedding of Vito's daughter.

'Godfather' singer Al Martino dies at 82 -*

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