The Godfather star Carmine Caridi dies at 85 after he has fallen into a coma
The Godfather actor Carmine Caridi died at the age of 85.
The actor, best known for his role as Carmine Rosato in The Godfather II, died in the hospital of Cedars Sinai after he got into a coma on Wednesday.
Caridi & # 39; s friend, actor and director Chazz Palminteri confirmed his death TMZ.
Sad news: Godfather actor Carmine Caridi, pictured here in 2012, died at 85 after falling into a coma at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to TMZ on Wednesday
The outlet reports that the veteran actor was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles where he had fallen into a coma and was never conscious again.
Caridi played two different roles in The Godfather franchise as Carmine Rosato in Godfather II and then Albert Volpe in The Godfather III.
The actor was the first choice of director Francis Ford Coppola for the leading role of Sonny Corleone in the famous trilogy.
Eventually the performance went to actor James Caan because Caridi & # 39; too long & # 39; was to play against 5 & # 39; 7 "Al Pacino, according to the autobiography The Kid Stays in The Picture.
On screen: Caridi played two different roles in The Godfather franchise as Carmine Rosato in Godfather II and then Albert Volpe in The Godfather III (shown next to Al Pacino and Andy Garcia in the middle right)
After his stint in The Godfather, Caridi went on to roll on a shiny television career landing in shows such as NYPD Blue, Fame and Taxi.
Cardi, born and raised in New York, said in the past that almost everyone he grew up with ended up in the crowd, but he cut a different path himself by acting.
After the blow that he had lost one of the lead roles in The Godfather, Caridi became addicted and was arrested for selling cocaine.
He spent time in prison and left, Coppola offered him the smaller roles in the Godfather sequels.
He is perhaps most notoriously known as the first person to be excluded from the Academy of Film Arts and Sciences.
Caridi was brought on the market for illegally sharing screeners of Oscar contenders who were sent to him as an academic voter.
Nasty past: Caridi was the first person deported from the Academy for piracy screeners
In 2004, the Academy announced it had identified markers in a bootleg copy of the Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton rom-com Something & # 39; s Gotta Give that was shared online, like one sent to Caridi.
In the same way, the copies of The Last Samurai, Mystic River, Big Fish and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World could also be traced back to the actor.
An FBI investigation into copyright infringement revealed that Caridi reportedly sent dozens of Hollywood screeners to a man from Illinois via FedEx.
That man turned out to be Russell Sprague, one of the biggest film pirates in the company.
Sprague died while being confronted with charges and Caridi was later acquitted of criminal offenses.
The pair was also prosecuted by Sony and Time Warner for copyright infringement.
Carmine opened about the ordeal in 2017 during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
& # 39; I'll tell you something, & # 39; he said to the exhaust. & # 39; Everyone does it, okay? & # 39;
Add: & # 39; I did a man a favor and he sewn me. & # 39;
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