Monday, February 20, 2006


Godfather Actor Killed by Bus

You might expect his character to be taken out in a spray of bullets, but Richard Bright -- the 68-year-old actor, who played loyal Corleone crime family enforcer Al Neri in all three of The Godfather films -- was killed on February 18, when he was accidentally hit by a bus as he crossed a street near his home in Manhattan. It was Al Neri who, in the single darkest moment of The Godfather Part II (perhaps the single darkest moment in all of cinema) pulls the trigger to execute Fredo Corleone during a fishing trip, on the orders of Fredo's brother (and Neri's boss), Michael. It was Bright's appearance in The Godfather Part III (and the appearances of other supporting actors from the earlier Godfather films) which helped lend a sense of authenticity to the third chapter, which opened 16 years after Part II. Following his role in The Godfather films, Bright was somewhat type cast in crime dramas, appearing in (among others) Looking for Mr Goodbar, Vigilante, Once Upon a Time in America, Who Do I Gotta Kill, Witness to the Mob, Red Heat and Crimewave; and, more recently, in the TV shows Oz, The Sopranos, and Law & Order.

Those NYC bus drivers are crazy.
I always thought it would be Tessio.
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