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Lenny Montana

Tall and solidly built, this Italian-American professional wrestler turned actor was born Lenny Passaforo in Brooklyn, New York, and is best remembered for his first on-screen role as the not too bright but ever loyal bodyguard Luca Brasi in The Godfather (1972). Montana didn't get a lot of screen time before being eliminated by the henchmen of opposing gangster Al Lettieri with a garrote and a knife; however, he caught the eye of casting agents and over the next ten years racked up roles in 16 movies. Usually cast as "muscle for hire", he was equally good at playing the intimidating thug or a buffoonish hoodlum, such as in Battle Creek Brawl (1980) and The Jerk (1979). His last film appearance was in the B-thriller Blood Song (1982), which he also co-wrote. He died in May 1992 of a heart attack while in Italy.

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Mar 13, 1926 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
Movie Pandemonium 1982-04-01
Latest Project:
In the movie Patty
Known For
Poster of The Big Brawl
Poster of Defiance
Poster of The Funny Face of the Godfather
Poster of Patty
Movie Patty The Racketeer
Movie Blood Song Skipper
Movie Pandemonium Coach
Movie ...All the Marbles Jerome
Movie Evilspeak Jake
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown
Movie Below the Belt The Geek
Movie The Big Brawl John
Movie Defiance Whacko
Movie Seven The Kahuna
Movie Fingers Luchino
Movie Contract on Cherry Street Phil Lombardi
Series Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television Luca Brasi (uncredited)
Series Kojak Unknown
Movie The Funny Face of the Godfather Saro
Series Search Unknown
Movie The Godfather Luca Brasi