Pisces Feb 24, 1928 New York City Actor and Writer
Alfred Lettieri was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Virgil Sollozzo, in The Godfather.
Lettieri projected an aura of menace, ruthlessness and brooding malevolence in his film roles; which he attributed to his connection, through his brother-in-law, with real-life gangsters. His sister Jean was married to mobster Pasquale Eboli, brother of Genovese crime family boss Thomas Eboli.
He had a role in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse," playing Arthur Strome but credited with the name Anthony Lettier. At the age of 36, he had a role in the television film The Hanged Man. Lettieri acted with some of Hollywood's biggest screen names including Steve McQueen in The Getaway, Charles Bronson in Mr. Majestyk, John Wayne in McQ and both Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in The Godfather.
Lettieri died of a heart attack in 1975, at the age of 47, leaving two children.