Don Altobello

Osvaldo "Ozzie" Altobello is a fictional character and the primary antagonist of the film The Godfather Part III. In the film, he is portrayed by Eli Wallach.[1][2]

Osvaldo Altobello
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Eli Wallach portraying Don Altobello
First appearanceThe Godfather Part III
Last appearanceThe Godfather's Revenge
Created byMario Puzo
Portrayed byEli Wallach
Spouse(s)Unnamed wife
ChildrenVarious daughters
RelativesOne nephew known


Frank Sinatra biographer Tom Santopietro notes that Francis Ford Coppola approached Sinatra to play Altobello. The singer considered accepting the role, but wasn't keen on the heavy shooting schedule. Ultimately, his wife Barbara talked him out of it.[3]


The Godfather Part III

Altobello is an aging gangster and longstanding ally of the Corleone crime family. He was the consigliere of Rico Tattaglia from 1955 to 1961, and becomes the don of the Tattaglia crime family in 1962. By the time of Godfather III, he has become a close friend and ally of Michael Corleone. Altobello even donates one million dollars to be a part of the Vito Corleone Foundation. Aside from being Michael's associate, Altobello is also Connie Corleone's godfather.

Altobello wants in on Michael's investments as he attempts to complete his family's move from crime-based profits to legitimate business. Altobello skillfully hides his nefarious intentions, but Michael grows suspicious after Joey Zasa, a Corleone Family rival, orchestrates an assassination attempt on Michael and other family heads assembled for a Commission meeting in Atlantic City. Altobello had left the conference room just prior to the attack. Michael escapes unharmed, but many others are killed. Michael instructs his nephew Vincent Corleone to approach Altobello pretending to pledge his allegiance to him, without promising to betray Michael.

While in Sicily, Altobello enlists an assassin named Mosca to kill Michael. He plans the attack for when Michael's son, Anthony is performing in Cavalleria Rusticana at Teatro Massimo opera house. Before the performance, Connie presents Altobello a box of cannoli as a birthday gift. He takes one from the box and offers Connie the first bite. She takes a small taste and Altobello eats the rest. He eats the poisoned cannoli throughout the performance and dies in his seat as Connie watches through her opera glasses.

Sequel novels

Altobello is a supporting character in the novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge, set before the events of The Godfather Part III.


  1. ^ "The Godfather Trilogy - Part 3". Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  2. ^ "The Godfather, Part III (1990)". Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  3. ^ Santopietro 2008, p. 346.

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