Lenny Montana

Lenny Montana
Tall and solidly built, this Italian-American professional wrestler turned actor was born Lenny Passaforo in Brooklyn, New York, and is best remembered for his first on-screen role as the not too bright but ever loyal bodyguard Luca Brasi in The Godfather (1972). Montana didn't get a lot of screen time before being eliminated by the henchmen of opposing gangster Al Lettieri with a garrote and a knife; however, he caught the eye of casting agents and over the next ten years racked up roles in 16 movies. Usually cast as "muscle for hire", he was equally good at playing the intimidating thug or a buffoonish hoodlum, such as in Battle Creek Brawl (1980) and The Jerk (1979). His last film appearance was in the B-thriller Blood Song (1982), which he also co-wrote. He died in May 1992 of a heart attack while in Italy.
Name Lenny Montana
Also Known As Lenny Passaforo
Birthday 1926-03-13
Deathday 1992-05-12
Gender Male
IMDB Lenny Montana profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA
As: Skipper
1982-01-01
Blood Song...
As: Whacko
1980-03-14
Defiance...
As: John
1980-09-10
The Big Brawl...
As: Jerome
1981-03-01
...All the Marbles...
As: The Kahuna
1979-09-07
Seven...
As: Luchino
1978-03-02
Fingers...
As: Saro
1973-05-03
The Funny Face of th...
As: The Geek
1980-12-01
Below the Belt...
As: Jake
1981-08-22
Evilspeak...
As: Luca Brasi
1972-03-14
The Godfather...
As: Phil Lombardi
1977-11-19
Contract on Cherry S...
As: Coach
1982-04-01
Pandemonium...
As: The Racketeer

Patty...
As: Unknown
1980-12-11
Magnum, P.I....
As: Unknown
1973-10-24
Kojak...
As: Unknown
1972-09-13
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As: Luca Brasi (uncredit
1977-11-12
Mario Puzo's The God...