Boy, the cast of the Godfather series is overwhelming, isn't it? From Brando to De Niro, and all the little points along the way like Sterling Hayden and Bruno Kirby (pictured above about to ice a cop), it's almost certainly the greatest cast of actors ever assembled.
Everybody remembers Talia Shire and James Caan and all, but it's easy to forget about the terrific one scene, two scene performances that enliven the films. The spices on its Al Pacino pasta.
So here's a list.
Some Actors You May Not Have Noticed in The Godfather Trilogy:
Al MartinoHere In My Heart, which was the number 1 hit on the first ever UK Singles Chart. "Here In My Heart" topped the charts for 9 weeks, a record that's only been beaten 5 times, and Martino's works stayed on the UK charts for the entire year of 1952, a feat which has never been repeated.
Randy Jurgensen & Sonny Grosso
real French connection - the inspiration for Roy Scheider's character in the film.
The Coppola Family
The Godfather: Part II
Coppola was pretty slick about including his family and here his son Roman Coppola plays a young Sonny Corleone. This little goofball went on to write Moonrise Kingdom.
And here, somewhat morbidly, is Italia Coppola, Francis Ford's mother, playing the deceased matriarch of the Corleone empire. She's also on Coppola's Mammarella tomato sauce jars:
Somewhere in this crowd are producers William Bowers and Phil Feldman, who have between them two of the best westerns ever made: The Gunfighter and The Wild Bunch. Feldman was also Coppola's agent for a time. Unfortunately, I don't know what they look like so I can't ID them.
There's a rumor that the guy on the left is writer Richard Matheson, but alas, that's just a rumor.
Maniac, a project he also wrote. Fun fact about Maniac: Michael Sembello's theme for Flashdance was originally written for the film. It wasn't used, so he changed the words up to be about a "steel-town girl on a Saturday night" and made history.
Spinell, who died in 1989, was good friends with Sylvester Stallone and appears in the first two Rocky movies as Tony Gazzo, that surprisingly nice mobster Rock worked for. In reality, Spinell took care of Stallone while the man went broke trying to get Rocky made, and it's likely the film wouldn't have happened the way it did without Spinell.
Harry Dean Stanton
The Godfather: Part III
Gregory CorsoBomb," a poem cherished by a young Bob Dylan.
Pesci's mom in Goodfellas? "Why don't you get yourself a nice girl and settle down?" I'm sure you know that was Martin Scorsese's real-life mother. She's a hell of a charming presence, and it's wonderful to see her here in Godfather 3 yelling at Andy Garcia. This was the same year as her son's much superior Goodfellas, so can you blame her?
There's a ton more - it's like every scene is overstuffed with interesting actors, so feel free to add some in the comments.