An actor who appeared in two of the “Godfather” movies — in two different roles — has died. USA Today reports that Carmine Caridi died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Caridi, who played Carmine Rosato in the 1974 sequel “The Godfather: Part II” before returning to play Albert Volpe in “The Godfather Part III” in 1990, reportedly died of complications following a fall. He was 85.
His representative, Sarah Mednick, released a statement today saying: “From Broadway to film and television, Carmine spent over six decades entertaining audiences, and nothing made him happier. His talent, wit, warmth, and charm will be missed. Carmine passed peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, yesterday afternoon at Cedars Sinai Hospital.”
USA Today notes that Caridi was “known for being expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004 for copyright infringement after he was accused of leaking screeners.”
TMZ quotes Caridi’s rep commenting on the screener controversy in a statement, saying: “Perhaps Carmine’s biggest regret was his involvement in a scandal that left him expelled from The Motion Picture Academy. While exonerated by police and the FBI, Carmine was always deeply saddened by what had transpired.”
Caridi had a prolific career in both feature films and television, with appearances on TV going back to the early 1960s. He most recently appeared as Uncle Murray in a 2019 episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Among his many other TV roles, he had a recurring role as Det. Vince Gotelli on “NYPD Blue” in the 1990s, a run as Angelo Martelli on “Fame” in the 1980s and a role as Dan Valenti on the Cloris Leachman sitcom “Phyllis” in the 1970s.
Below is a teaser posted in 2014 for a short film called “Waiting to Die,” starring Caridi.