The Godfather movies influenced a whole generation, single-handedly creating the “Mobster” genre and changing cinema history forever while many know that the film is based on a true story, not many know about the exact story.

52 years after the movie’s release, we finally find out who was the real mobster behind The Godfather and how much his life and “work” had to be toned down for it to be featured in the iconic movie.

Father of Film

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The movies were directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. If you don’t already know, it depicts the trials and tribulations of a fictional crime family, the Corleones, in America across several generations.

Puzo and Coppola based their masterpieces on some very real people from history—and to no one’s surprise their stories are even more gripping than the fictional version and today, we are going to reveal them all.

Big Al

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Before we go into the real-life inspiration, let’s refresh our memories about the characters from the films. Al Pacino, Hollywood’s biggest legend got his starring turn in The Godfather playing Michael Corleone.

Originally a quiet student and ex-military man, Michael grows up in the shadow of his mafia family but has no intention of joining the mob—something that his father is more than happy to encourage him in.

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