Russo, Gianni

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RUSSO, Gianni


Original name, Louis Russo.

Addresses: Manager—Laina Cohn, Relativity Management, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 510, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Career: Actor, singer, producer, and writer. Worked as a master of ceremonies at a nightclub in Las Vegas, NV; also worked as a radio personality.


Film Appearances:

Carlo Rizzi, The Godfather (also known as Mario Puzo's "The Godfather"), Paramount, 1972.

Carlo Rizzi, The Godfather: Part II (also known as Mario Puzo's "The Godfather: Part II"), Paramount, 1974.

Albert Anastasia, Lepke, Warner Bros., 1975.

Chip Moreno (Deuce of Clubs), The Four Deuces, Avco–Embassy, 1976.

Tony Craig, Laserblast, Irwin Yablans Company/Astral Films, 1978.

Copilot, Winter Kills, Avco–Embassy, 1979.

Anthony Bonino, Chances Are, TriStar, 1989.

Dick Sydney, Side Out, TriStar, 1990.

Maitre d' at Gourmet Club, The Freshman, TriStar, 1990.

Carlos, Another You, TriStar, 1991.

Sammy, Out for Justice, Warner Bros., 1991.

Guido, Stay Tuned, Warner Bros., 1992.

Scapelli, Super Mario Bros., Buena Vista, 1993.

Jake Mondello, P.C.H. (also known as Kill Shot), Ajax Home Entertainment, 1995.

Willy Rojo, Striptease, Columbia, 1996.

Circles, 1998.

Johnny Polito, Any Given Sunday (also known as Gridiron, The League, Monday Night, On Any Given Sunday, and Playing Hurt), Warner Bros., 1999.

Nick, The Family Man, MCA/Universal, 2000.

Senator Bob Krause, Rope Art, Detonate International, 2000.

Money cart guard, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Warner Bros., 2001.

Red Dragon pit boss, Rush Hour 2, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Andrew Bandolini, Harvard Man, Cowboy Pictures, 2002.

Newsie, Red Dragon (also known as Roter Drache), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 2002.

Alberto Gianini, Seabiscuit, Universal, 2003.

Clippers fan, After the Sunset, New Line Cinema, 2004.

Film Executive Producer:

P.C.H. (also known as Kill Shot), Ajax Home Entertainment, 1995.

Television Appearances; Series:

Frank Nichols, a recurring role, Pacific Palisades, Fox, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Michael Tarlow, Goodnight, My Love, ABC, 1972.

Gianni Ruggeri, The Bait, ABC, 1973.

Card player, The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, CBS, 1986.

Marco Sabatini, Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion, NBC, 1991.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Gianni Tedesco, "Dwarf in a Helium Hat," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978.

Johnny Bongard, "Local Man Eaten by Newspaper," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978.

"Sixty Miles to Hell," Kojak, CBS, 1978.

Johnny Damanti, "The Hit Car," The Greatest American Hero, ABC, 1981.

Straightaway, "Conflict of Interest," Riptide, NBC, 1984.

Tony Rondino, "Naked Justice: Parts 1 & 2," Hunter, NBC, 1988.

"Till Death Do Us Part," Hardball, NBC, 1989.

Sam Farina, "The Blind Man's Bluff Mystery," Father Dowling Mysteries, ABC, 1990.

Tony "Toe Tag" Torino, "To Serve and Protect," Silk Stalkings, USA Network, 1993.

Vince, "The Contender," Time Trax, syndicated, 1993.

"The Rabbit and the Fox," Renegade, USA Network and syndicated, 1993.

Morris Foley, "Special Witness," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999.

"History," Strong Medicine, Lifetime, 2001.

Himself, "The Secret Admirer," Growing Up Gotti, Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

Himself, Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, multiple episodes in 2005.

Appeared as Fortunata in an episode of The Hat Squad, CBS; and as Larry, Reasonable Doubts, NBC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Straightaway, Riptide, NBC, 1984.

Dave Steelgrave, Wiseguy, CBS, 1987.

Klaus Gerhardt, Silverfox, ABC, 1991.

Davey DeSapio, The Great Pretender, NBC, 1992.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

A. J.'s Time Travelers, Fox, beginning 1995.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, The Howard Stern Radio Show, multiple episodes in 2005.



Reflections, Triggerfish, 2005.



P.C.H. (also known as Kill Shot), Ajax Home Entertainment, 1995.

For Which He Stands, Filmark, 1996.


Russo's performances as Carlo Rizzi were collected in the video The Godfather Trilogy: 1901–1980 (also known as The Godfather Saga and The Godfather Trilogy), Paramount, 1992.



New York Observer, December 6, 2004, p. 24.