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‘Godfather’ actor Carmine Caridi dead at 85

Actor Carmine Caridi participates in The Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Oct. 6, 2012 in Burbank, California. Caridi died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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Carmine Caridi, actor, best known for portraying Carmine Rosato in “The Godfather: II” has died. He was 85.

Caridi died on Tuesday, reps have confirmed to Variety. He was in a coma at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. TMZ first reported the news.

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Are Carmine Rosato character in “The Godfather: II” played an important role in the territorial fight with Frank Pentangeli, played by Michael V. Gazzo. Studio Executive Robert Evans said in a 1994 memoir “The Kid Stays in the Picture” that Caridi was director Francis Ford Coppola’s first choice for the role of Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather.” However, Evans, ” he said in the book, thought Caridi was too tall for the role, which instead went to James Caan.

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The veteran actor also appeared in “The Godfather: III as a different character, Albert Volpe, an investor and developer of Michael Corleone’s casinos that has been killed in an attack on a hotel in Atlantic City. He also played in TV shows such as “Phyllis,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Taxi,” “NYPD Blue” as Detective Vince Gotelli and “Fame” as Angelo Martelli.

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In 2004, Caridi became the first person to be removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was expelled for circulating screeners of films vying for Oscar attention. Caridi and Russell Sprague were also sued by Sony and Time Warner about the civil charges of copyright infringement. Caridi was free from iniquities.

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