Lenny Montana

Professional Wrestler
Born Mar 13, 1926

Lenny Montana was an American actor, who played the role of feared hitman Luca Brasi in The Godfather. Prior to becoming an actor, he had a successful career as a professional wrestler,. He stood 6'6".

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lenny Montana.


1926 Birth He was born in Brooklyn, New York City in 1926 of Italian-American heritage. … Read More


His wrestling career began in neighboring New Jersey in 1953. He wrestled under the Zebra Kid gimmick, and was billed at the height of 6 foot 6 inches. It wasn't long before Montana found success. Along with Golden Terror, they won the New Jersey Tag Team titles on April 4, 1953. … Read More


1956 30 Years Old His final success of the 1950s came in 1956, winning the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship with Gene Kiniski, defeating Herb Freeman and Ray Gunkel on September 18 in Dallas under the alias Len Crosby. … Read More
1960 34 Years Old 1 More Event
As a popular wrestler within the circuit, Montana met the then unknown Eddie Sharkey in 1960. … Read More
1961 35 Years Old After recovering from his injury, in 1961 Montana began to wrestle in Florida. … Read More
1962 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Things came to a head when Montana defeated Eddie Graham in a NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Georgia version) title match on May 1, 1962.
1963 37 Years Old Finally, the duo won the NWA World Tag Team Championship in Georgia, during October 1963, they defeated Karl Von Brauner and Kurt Von Brauner.
1964 38 Years Old Montana was due to be Gorilla Monsoon's tag team partner in 1964, but it never happened due to Monsoon becoming partners with The African Savage at the last minute. … Read More


1971 45 Years Old …  It was in 1971 that Montana was acting as a bodyguard for a senior Colombo Family member that he met Francis Ford Coppola and Al Ruddy. … Read More


1992 66 Years Old Montana retired from acting after appearing in the B movie Blood Song, which he also co-wrote. He died of a heart attack on August 26, 1992 while in Lindenhurst, New York. … Read More
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