Thursday, July 16, 2009


Gianni Russo has made a career of playing tough guys. Although
remembered most for his portrayal of Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather, his
first acting job, his career has spanned over 40 films including such
hits as The Freshman, Rush Hour, Any Given Sunday and Sea biscuit
as well as television roles in Kojak, The Rockford Files and Prison

Russo believes it's his crooning that separates him from the mob of
other on-screen wise guys. His debut CD Reflections paid homage to
such legendary singers as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. These icons
inspired him both personally and professionally. The CD released
through Triggerfish Entertainment, contains a bonus track where
Russo reminisces about the behind-the-scenes drama that took place
during the filming of The Godfather. Russo travels the country with his
orchestra to sold out appearances performing the music that has
influenced his Life.

Born in Manhattan and raised in Little Italy and Staten Island, Russo
overcame polio as a child to start his first "business" at the tender age
of twelve, selling pens and erasers on the street corners. At eighteen
Russo made his first trip to Miami, where he began to dabble in showbusiness,
working in nightclubs and hotspots, before deciding to
pursue acting and move to Hollywood.

Russo’s colorful life is currently being adapted into a feature film
starring Mark Wahlberg, to be directed by David O’Russell. A network
television show is in development where Gianni will serve as host and
co-producer. His follow up CD will be released in June 2008, and a
national launch of his Gianni Russo label wine is scheduled for later
this year.

Mr. Russo currently resides in New York.

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