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Carmine Caridi Dies: Actor in ‘The Godfather’ Sequels And Expelled Academy Member Was 85

Postby MrFredPFL » Wed May 29, 2019 10:43 pm

Story : https://deadline.com/2019/05/carmine-caridi-dead-godfather-part-ii-part-iii-1202





Carmine Caridi, who played the traitorous Carmine Rosato in The Godfather, Part II (1974) and returned to the Francis Ford Coppola franchise to portray Albert Volpe in The Godfather Part III (1990), died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, where he had been in a coma. He was 85.

The veteran actor had screen credits in the triple-digits by the end of his career but his signature roles was Rosato, a key figure in the bloody mob battle that played out as a centerpiece of The Godfather, Part II, which won the Academy Award for best picture to match the gold-plated achievement of its predecessor, The Godfather (1972). Rosato’s machinations created turmoil and confusion for the Corleone Family but in the end his gambit failed and his fate was a shotgun execution.

Caridi also gained a measure of industry notoriety in 2004 when he became the first person to be expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over illegally circulating DVDs of Oscar screeners. A federal piracy investigation of pirated films led authorities to the Illinois home of Russell William Sprague where they found hundreds of Academy screeners, many of which traced back directly to Caridi.

Caridi’s Academy membership was subsequently revoked, an unprecedented move at the time. The incident puts the actor on an ignominious shortlist: Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Caridi are the only four members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ever banished from the organization.







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