Author: Mario Puzo
Posted on 2007-06-21, updated at 2012-01-31. By anonymous.
- Author: Mario Puzo
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Mario Gianluigi Puzo (October 15, 1920 - July 2, 1999) was an American author known for his novels about the Mafia, especially The Godfather (1969).
Puzo was born on October 15, 1920, into a poor family of Sicilian immigrants living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. He was a graduate of The City College of New York. Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage. He joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II as a corporal and was stationed in Asia and Germany. His first book, The Dark Arena, came out in 1955.
His most famous work, The Godfather, was first published in 1969 after he had heard anecdotes about Mafia organizations during his time in pulp journalism.
The Godfather was later developed into a trilogy of popular, highly-acclaimed films directed by Francis Ford Coppola released in 1972, 1974 and 1990.
In addition to co-writing the screenplay with Coppola, Puzo also wrote the first draft of the script for the 1974 disaster film, Earthquake, which he was unable to continue working on, due to his commitment to "The Godfather: Part II." Puzo also co-wrote 1978's Superman: The Movie and 1980's Superman II.
Puzo never saw the publication of his last book, Omerta, but the manuscript was finished and so became his last work. In a review originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jules Siegel, who had worked closely with Puzo at Magazine Management Company, doubted that Puzo had actually finished the novel, and expressed the view that it may have been completed by "some talentless hack."
Puzo died of heart failure on July 2, 1999 at his home in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York.
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