Lenny Montana

American professional wrestler Lenny Montana

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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Deceased
12 May 1992

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WWE: The Rock and the Top 10 Wrestlers Clearly at Home on the Silver Screen - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 6 years
After spending much of his early career as a wrestler, Lenny Montana moved on in the early 1970s. He got his big break when he was cast as Luca Brasi in The Godfather. From that point forward, Montana became one of the leading actors when a film had a
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Defiance - WhatDVD.Net
Google News - over 6 years
Look closely and you'll see Tony Sirico (Paulie from The Sopranos) in an early role and Lenny Montana (Luca Brasi from The Godfather) in small but memorable roles as respectable members of the neighborhood. Director John Flynn orchestrates everything
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Nightmare movie that kind of worked out - Yorkshire Post
Google News - over 6 years
“I remember on The Godfather, big Lenny Montana, who played Luca Brassi, he was a professional wrestler and he was really connected to the Mob. “Well, he did that scene with Brando, saying that he hoped he had a beautiful son. When they first did it,
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Sullivan on Cinema: Apocalypse Now - Red Bull (International)
Google News - over 6 years
But I remember on The Godfather, big Lenny Montana (Luca Brasi), he was professional wrestler and he was really connected to the Mob. Well, he did that scene with Brando, saying that he hoped he had a beautiful son and so forth, and when they first did
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A Mantova 'Film Legend' rassegna di film digitalizzati - CremonaOnLine
Google News - almost 7 years
... Franco Citti, Richard Bright, Corrado Gaipa, Victor Rendina, Saro Urzì, Simonetta Stefanelli, Jeannie Linero, Lenny Montana, John Martino, Tere Livrano, Al Martino, Salvatore Corsitto, Ardell Sheridan, Morgana King Titolo originale The Godfather
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS; Haircuts He Has Known
NYTimes - over 9 years
ROCCO SCALI was sitting in his car on Henry Street, in front of the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, when he spotted a familiar face. There are a lot of them for Mr. Scali, better known to customers as Rocky, who for 50 years has been cutting hair in the barber shop on the hotel's ground floor, right outside the entrance to the subway station.
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ALDRICH'S '...ALL THE MARBLES'
NYTimes - over 36 years
ROBERT ALDRICH has made all kinds of movies, including some very good action films (''Vera Cruz,'' ''Ulzana's Raid'' and ''Emperor of the North Pole''), some that are high camp (''Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?'') and some, like ''The Dirty Dozen'' and ''The Grissom Gang,'' that are so violent that they come close to being selfparody. Each has
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lenny Montana
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 65
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 44
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 36
    Finally, the duo won the NWA World Tag Team Championship in Georgia, during October 1963, they defeated Karl Von Brauner and Kurt Von Brauner.
  • 1962
    Age 35
    On November 23, 1962, he won the NWA (Georgia) Southern Tag Team Titles with his partner Gypsy Joe, defeating 'Grizzly' Jake Smith and Luke Brown.
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    Things came to a head when Montana defeated Eddie Graham in a NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Georgia version) title match on May 1, 1962.
  • 1961
    Age 34
    After recovering from his injury, in 1961 Montana began to wrestle in Florida.
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  • 1960
    Age 33
    Then with Hard Boiled Haggerty, he won the AWA World Tag Team Championship on October 4, 1960, defeating Stan Kowalski and Tiny Mills (wrestling as Murder Inc.) in Minneapolis.
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    As a popular wrestler within the circuit, Montana met the then unknown Eddie Sharkey in 1960.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 26
    However he lost the title on December 11, 1953 to Sonny Myers, who had held the title a previous three times before defeating the Zebra Kid.
    He soon won the NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship, defeating Dave Sims on October 1, 1953 in Kansas City.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    He was born in Brooklyn, New York City in 1926 of Italian-American heritage.
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