Carmine Caridi, who starred in two of the three iconic Godfather movies, has died at the age of 85.
Caridi had starred in over 100 films and TV shows, but is perhaps remembered best for playing Carmine Rosato, a loyal enforcer of the Corleone family, in The Godfather Part II. He also appeared in The Godfather Part III as a new character, playing the role of Albert Volpe.
He also had an recurring role as Det. Vince Gotelli on “NYPD Blue.”
Caridi has been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Hospital since April 25 after he took a nasty fall. He had been treated for back injuries, but recently had been diagnosed with pneumonia.
Over the weekend, however, his health took a turn for the worse.
Doctors say he had been responsive until recently, but friends of the actor say he slipped into a coma just before he passed.
Carmine’s friend, actor and director Chazz Palminteri, confirmed the passing to TMZ.
Caridi also appeared on “Starsky and Hutch,” “Taxi,” “Fame” and “Simon & Simon.”
Lee Curreri, who played Caridi’s TV son on the TV show “Fame,” marked his passing on Twitter. “You will be sorely missed,” he wrote.
RIP my TV Dad, Carmine Caridi. You will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/WhtA2q9BD5
— Lee Curreri (@leecurreri) May 29, 2019
Caridi was the first actor to be kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after he was discovered sharing VHS screening copies of Oscar-nominated films with friends, a violation of Academy rules.
In this clip from The Godfather Part II, Caridi (in a scarf) lures an unsuspecting goomba to his death.
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