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Carmine Caridi
Caridi in 1981
Born(1934-01-23)January 23, 1934
DiedMay 28, 2019(2019-05-28) (aged 85)
Resting placeCalverton National Cemetery
Years active1962–2019
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

Carmine Caridi (January 23, 1934 – May 28, 2019) was an American film, television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles in the films The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

In 2004, Caridi became the first person to be expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Life and career

Caridi's most notable film roles are Carmine Rosato in The Godfather Part II (1974) and Albert Volpe in The Godfather Part III (1990). He is one of three actors to play two different roles in the Godfather films; the others being Frank Sivero (who played a young Genco Abbandando in Godfather Part II and a bystander to the fight between Sonny Corleone and Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather), and Sofia Coppola (who played Mary Corleone in Godfather Part III and the infant son of Carlo and Connie baptized in the final scenes of The Godfather as well as a child on the ship at the beginning of Godfather Part II).

According to studio executive Robert Evans in his 1994 memoir The Kid Stays in the Picture, Caridi was director Francis Ford Coppola's first choice for the role of Sonny Corleone, but Evans insisted on James Caan because Caridi was too tall to play opposite Al Pacino. However, according to author Mark Seal in his 2022 book Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli, Caan had been Coppola's choice from the start, who had major battles with Evans over this and other major casting decisions for The Godfather. In Mark Seal's account, Coppola attended theatre arts school with Caan and directed him, along with actor Robert Duvall, in the film The Rain People.

Caridi appeared in the cult movie Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978), playing amusement park manager Calvin Richards, and appeared as Sam Giancana in the 1992 film Ruby.

On television, he portrayed Dan Valenti on Phyllis from 1976-1977. In 1978, he appeared as Di Carlo in the episode "The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde" of the series The Eddie Capra Mysteries.[1] Between 1982 and 1983, Caridi played Angelo Martelli, Bruno Martelli's father, in the TV series Fame.[2] Caridi played Detective Vince Gotelli in the television series NYPD Blue from 1993 to 1999.

Caridi's final appearance was a small role in the Season 10 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, "Insufficient Praise." Later on the season, Larry David's character is accused of allowing Caridi's Academy screener DVDs to be pirated.

Copyright infringement incident

On January 13, 2004, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it had identified a copy of the film Something's Gotta Give, circulated illegally on the Internet, as carrying markings identifying it as coming from a VHS screener copy sent to Caridi because he was an Oscar voter. Similarly, unauthorized copies of The Last Samurai, Mystic River, Big Fish and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World were said to have been traced to Caridi.

The FBI began an investigation into the affair and later that month charged Russell Sprague of Homewood, Illinois, with criminal copyright infringement. Federal authorities alleged that for at least three years, Caridi had given Sprague his screener copies of approximately 60 movies seeking consideration for the Academy Awards. According to the FBI affidavit, Caridi said that he sent his screeners via FedEx to Sprague, who gave him FedEx boxes, pre-addressed labels, and an account number. Caridi denied receiving money from Sprague, telling the FBI he believed that Sprague was a film buff.[3]

Caridi and Sprague were sued by Sony and Time Warner on civil charges of copyright infringement. The studios filed the suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, seeking damages of a minimum of $150,000 per movie, with hundreds of individual violations alleged. While awaiting trial on criminal charges, Sprague died of a suspected heart attack.[4] Caridi was cleared of wrongdoing.[5]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on February 3, 2004, that it was expelling Caridi for violating his agreement to safeguard their screeners,[6][7][8] making him the first Academy member to be expelled.[3]


Caridi was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering from complications due to a fall, where he slipped into a comatose state and died on May 28, 2019.[9][10][11]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Anderson Tapes Detective A
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Tony 'The Indian'
1972 Irish Whiskey Rebellion Marty
1973 I Could Never Have Sex with Any Man Who Has So Little Regard for My Husband Marvin
1974 Crazy Joe 'Jelly'
The Gambler Jimmy
The Godfather Part II Carmine Rosato
1976 Hollywood Man Anthony
Car Wash Foolish Father
1978 The Cheap Detective Sergeant Crosseti
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Calvin Richards
Mr. Too Little Officer Murphy
The Eddie Capra Mysteries Inspector Chuck Di Carlo Episode: "The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde"
1979 The In-Laws Angie
1981 Prince of the City Detective Gino Mascone
1985 Brewster's Millions Salvino
Summer Rental Ed
1986 The Money Pit Brad Shirk
1987 Some Kind of Wonderful Museum Guard
1988 Split Decisions Lou Rubia
1990 The Godfather Part III Albert Volpe
Havana Captain Potts
1991 Life Stinks Flophouse Owner
Femme Fatale Dino
Bugsy Frank Costello
1992 Ruby Sam Giancana
1995 Top Dog Lou Swanson
1997 The Good Bad Guy Tony Fusciacca
1998 Money Play$ Victor
1999 Splendor Falls Vito
Carlo's Wake Uncle Nick
2000 18 D Frank
2002 Do It for Uncle Manny Liquor Store Owner
2003 Nobody Knows Anything! Frankie C.
Runaways Officer Brady
2008 Wednesday Again Rudy
2015 Rivers 9 Romeo
2018 Frank and Ava Carmine
I'll Be Next Door for Christmas Ancient Man
2020 Curb Your Enthusiasm Uncle Murray / Moke Posthumous release


  1. ^ "The Eddie Capra Mysteries". TV Guide.
  2. ^ Kids From Fame: Cast > Actors. Archived April 6, 2018, at the Wayback Machine. Fame Forever. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Feinberg, Scott (February 21, 2017). "An Actor's Personal Tale: I Was Thrown Out of the Academy for Sharing VHS Screeners". The Hollywood Reporter. In January 2004, Caridi was busted for violating that agreement, becoming the first and only Academy member ever to be expelled.
  4. ^ Munoz, Lorenza (March 1, 2005). Man in Piracy Case Found Dead. Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ Munoz, Lorenza (March 6, 2005). "How a Bit Player Became a Symbol of Film Piracy". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Carmine Caridi, Motion Picture Academy Member Who Handed Over His Awards Screeners for Illegal Duplication, Ordered to Pay $300,000 to Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc" (Press release). Warner Bros. November 23, 2004. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  7. ^ Rottenberg, Josh (October 14, 2017). "Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy". Los Angeles Times. The last member to be banished from the group was actor Carmine Caridi, who was booted in 2004 for sharing promotional copies of films that were later pirated.
  8. ^ Ulaby, Anita (October 14, 2017). "Harvey Weinstein Expelled from the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences". The Two-Way. In 2004, the academy revoked the membership of actor Carmine Caridi, best known for The Godfather movies, after he shared a copyrighted movie screener with a friend who uploaded it to the Internet.
  9. ^ Brunati, Bryan (May 29, 2019). "'Godfather' Actor Carmine Caridi Has Passed Away at the Age of 85". Closer. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  10. ^ Rubin, Rebecca; McNary, Dave (May 29, 2019). "'Godfather' Actor Carmine Caridi Dies at 85". Variety. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Lee, Benjamin (May 29, 2019). "Godfather actor Carmine Caridi dies aged 85". The Guardian. London. Retrieved May 29, 2019.