Michael Corleone

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Michael Corleone is the main protagonist of Mario Puzo's novel, The Godfather.wikipedia
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The Godfather (film series)

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In the three Godfather films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael was portrayed by Al Pacino, for which he was twice-nominated for Academy Awards.
His youngest son, Michael Corleone, becomes his successor.

Al Pacino

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In the three Godfather films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael was portrayed by Al Pacino, for which he was twice-nominated for Academy Awards.
Wide acclaim and recognition came with his breakthrough role as Michael Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972), for which he received his first Oscar nomination, and he would reprise the role in the sequels The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

Vito Corleone

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Michael is the youngest son of Vito Corleone, a Sicilian immigrant who builds a Mafia empire. Born in 1920 to Mafia don Vito Corleone and his wife Carmela, Michael has two older brothers, Santino "Sonny" Corleone and Frederico "Fredo" Corleone, and a younger sister, Constanzia "Connie" Corleone.
Upon his death, Michael, his youngest son, succeeds him as the don of the Corleone crime family.

The Godfather (novel)

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Michael Corleone is the main protagonist of Mario Puzo's novel, The Godfather.
Vito fathered four children: Santino "Sonny" Corleone, Frederico "Fredo" Corleone, Michael "Mike" Corleone, and Constanzia "Connie" Corleone.

Francis Ford Coppola

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In the three Godfather films, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, Michael was portrayed by Al Pacino, for which he was twice-nominated for Academy Awards.
George Lucas commented on the film after its five-hour-long preview, telling Coppola: "You have two films. Take one away, it doesn't work", referring to the movie's portrayal of two parallel storylines; one of a young Vito Corleone and the other of his son Michael.

Kay Adams-Corleone

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He returns home to attend his sister Connie's wedding, accompanied by Kay Adams, his college sweetheart.
She is also the longtime girlfriend and eventual second wife of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), the youngest son of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), the head of the Corleone crime family.

Mary Corleone

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Within two years, they have two children, Anthony and Mary.
She is the daughter of Michael Corleone and Kay Adams and sister of Anthony Vito Corleone.

Connie Corleone

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Born in 1920 to Mafia don Vito Corleone and his wife Carmela, Michael has two older brothers, Santino "Sonny" Corleone and Frederico "Fredo" Corleone, and a younger sister, Constanzia "Connie" Corleone.
She is the sister of Sonny, Fredo and Michael Corleone.

Tom Hagen

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The family consigliere, Tom Hagen, is their informal adoptive brother.
When Vito semi-retires in 1954 and his youngest son Michael Corleone succeeds him as the head of the family, Michael removes Hagen as consigliere, preferring his father informally assume the role; Michael claims Hagen is not a "wartime" consigliere.

Anthony Corleone

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Within two years, they have two children, Anthony and Mary.
He is the son of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and Kay Adams (Diane Keaton), and the older brother of Mary Corleone (Sofia Coppola).

Hyman Roth

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Michael plans to finally legitimize the family by negotiating with Hyman Roth, his father's former business partner, over controlling casino operations in Cuba.
Roth is a Jewish mobster and investor and a business partner of Vito Corleone, and later his son Michael Corleone.

AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains

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In June 2003, Michael Corleone was recognized as the 11th most iconic villain in film history by the American Film Institute, although some critics consider him to be a tragic hero.

The Godfather Part II

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The Godfather Part II is set in 1958 and 1959.
Partially based on Puzo's 1969 novel The Godfather, the film is both sequel and prequel to The Godfather, presenting parallel dramas: one picks up the 1958 story of Michael Corleone (Pacino), the new Don of the Corleone crime family, protecting the family business in the aftermath of an attempt on his life; the prequel covers the journey of his father, Vito Corleone (De Niro), from his Sicilian childhood to the founding of his family enterprise in New York City.

Frank Pentangeli

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The Corleone family has relocated to Nevada, while Frank Pentangeli runs the family's operations in New York, Clemenza having died a few years before.
Frank is a caporegime in the Corleone family, running the family's operations in New York City while Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), his brother and underboss, Fredo (John Cazale), and the other two capos, Rocco Lampone (Tom Rosqui) and Al Neri (Richard Bright), are based in Nevada.

The Godfather Part III

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The Godfather Part III is set in 1979 and 1980.
A sequel to The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), it completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin who attempts to legitimize his criminal empire.

Al Neri

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Michael disowns Fredo, and tells his capo Al Neri that nothing is to happen to his brother while their mother is alive — the implication being Neri has been given a contract to assassinate Fredo after their mother's death.
He functions as Michael Corleone's personal enforcer and assassin.

Peter Clemenza

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He retrieves a handgun that Corleone caporegime Peter Clemenza had planted beforehand in the bathroom and kills Sollozzo and McCluskey.
When it is decided that Vito's youngest son, Michael, will murder Sollozzo and Captain Mark McCluskey, a corrupt NYPD official on Sollozzo's payroll, Clemenza instructs Michael on using a gun, how to allay Sollozzo's suspicions, and what to do after the shooting.

Moe Greene

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He offers to buy out casino owner Moe Greene's stake in the Las Vegas casino that the Corleones bankrolled, intending to move the family to Nevada and legitimize all Corleone enterprises; Greene refuses to sell.
Although Fredo is greatly influenced by both Greene and the city, family heir Michael Corleone disapproves of the effect it has on his brother, whom Greene reportedly chastised and slapped around in public.

Tragic hero

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In June 2003, Michael Corleone was recognized as the 11th most iconic villain in film history by the American Film Institute, although some critics consider him to be a tragic hero.
Some film historians regard Michael Corleone of The Godfather as a tragic hero, although using traditional literary conventions, the character would more closely fit the role of villain, not tragic hero.

Emilio Barzini

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After Don Corleone's suspicions are confirmed that Don Emilio Barzini, his main rival in New York, was always the power behind Sollozzo and Tattaglia, Michael and Vito begin a secret, long-range plot to wipe out the other New York Dons.
At Don Corleone's funeral, Barzini approaches Corleone caporegime Salvatore Tessio to organize another peace summit where Corleone's successor, Michael, would be ambushed.

List of The Godfather series characters

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Michael falls in love with and marries a young local woman named Apollonia Vitelli.
After Michael Corleone becomes Don in 1955, however, Russo tricks him into believing that the bad blood between them is over.

Kiss of death (mafia)

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That same night, Fredo unintentionally reveals that he was the mole within the family; Michael confronts Fredo and gives him the Sicilian "kiss of death".

Carmela Corleone

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Born in 1920 to Mafia don Vito Corleone and his wife Carmela, Michael has two older brothers, Santino "Sonny" Corleone and Frederico "Fredo" Corleone, and a younger sister, Constanzia "Connie" Corleone. Michael disowns Fredo, and tells his capo Al Neri that nothing is to happen to his brother while their mother is alive — the implication being Neri has been given a contract to assassinate Fredo after their mother's death.
They had four children – Sonny, Fredo, Michael and Connie.

Don Altobello

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Michael realizes that his old friend, Don Altobello, is the brains behind the attempt on his life.
By the time of Godfather III, he has become a close friend and ally of Michael Corleone's.

The Godfather's Revenge

Michael appears in Mark Winegardner's sequel novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge.
The novel deals with Michael Corleone's guilt over the events of The Godfather Part II, particularly his ordering the death of his brother, Fredo.