171 episodes

Welcome to The Hollywood Godfather Podcast. Actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Mafia associate Gianni Russo best known for portraying Carlo in ‘The Godfather’ has teamed with an unlikely ally, Patrick Picciarelli, writer, retired NYPD lieutenant, and current private investigator to put together a thought-provoking, tragic, funny, and often shocking view of Gianni’s life in the mob and the movies. His counterpart and co-host, Patrick, gives his insights into the world of crime, and comments on characters both men have known, as well as the current happenings in Hollywood and the mob.

The friendship between Gianni and Patrick did not have the usual beginnings of boyhood camaraderie. Both Gianni and Patrick were born and raised in New York’s Little Italy and lived a scant short block from each other, but that’s where the similarities end. Gianni sought his future with the Mafia, while Patrick became a New York cop. Their paths crossed a few times, and each was on the other’s radar; distrust and wariness always hovering. However, they became friends and now discuss all the complexities that surround the two diverse worlds of organized crime and police work.

Added to the dynamic is Megan Horan, a college graduate with a degree in film & television who grew up in suburban Philadelphia and now resides in New York City. A young, intelligent female voice looking to break into the entertainment industry, Megan was chosen personally by Gianni Russo to represent the millennial age group - one that may lack the knowledge of the generation regarding Old Hollywood and the Italian Mafia, yet possesses the interest in the topics.

Gianni, Patrick, and Megan's weekly podcast delves into the world of the Mafia, crime, international intrigue, inside Hollywood, and places such as the Vatican and Iraq; that one would never think of in the same sentence as the mob and cops. Fascinating stories include Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando along with numerous prominent Mafia figures and even U.S. Presidents. The group is frequently joined by special celebrity guests, such as Paul Anka, Steve Schirripa, Chazz Palminteri, George Gallo, Nick Vallelonga, Tom Dreesen, Patrick Bet-David, and more. They also answer email questions and frequently interact with listeners on-air.

The Hollywood Godfather Podcast releases a new show every Wednesday! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @hollywoodgodfather and on Facebook.

The book, “Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob” by Gianni Russo with Patrick Picciarelli, was published in hardcover and audio by St. Martin’s Press on March 12, 2019 and is available for purchase on Amazon.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 679 Ratings

Welcome to The Hollywood Godfather Podcast. Actor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Mafia associate Gianni Russo best known for portraying Carlo in ‘The Godfather’ has teamed with an unlikely ally, Patrick Picciarelli, writer, retired NYPD lieutenant, and current private investigator to put together a thought-provoking, tragic, funny, and often shocking view of Gianni’s life in the mob and the movies. His counterpart and co-host, Patrick, gives his insights into the world of crime, and comments on characters both men have known, as well as the current happenings in Hollywood and the mob.

The friendship between Gianni and Patrick did not have the usual beginnings of boyhood camaraderie. Both Gianni and Patrick were born and raised in New York’s Little Italy and lived a scant short block from each other, but that’s where the similarities end. Gianni sought his future with the Mafia, while Patrick became a New York cop. Their paths crossed a few times, and each was on the other’s radar; distrust and wariness always hovering. However, they became friends and now discuss all the complexities that surround the two diverse worlds of organized crime and police work.

Added to the dynamic is Megan Horan, a college graduate with a degree in film & television who grew up in suburban Philadelphia and now resides in New York City. A young, intelligent female voice looking to break into the entertainment industry, Megan was chosen personally by Gianni Russo to represent the millennial age group - one that may lack the knowledge of the generation regarding Old Hollywood and the Italian Mafia, yet possesses the interest in the topics.

Gianni, Patrick, and Megan's weekly podcast delves into the world of the Mafia, crime, international intrigue, inside Hollywood, and places such as the Vatican and Iraq; that one would never think of in the same sentence as the mob and cops. Fascinating stories include Hollywood stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando along with numerous prominent Mafia figures and even U.S. Presidents. The group is frequently joined by special celebrity guests, such as Paul Anka, Steve Schirripa, Chazz Palminteri, George Gallo, Nick Vallelonga, Tom Dreesen, Patrick Bet-David, and more. They also answer email questions and frequently interact with listeners on-air.

The Hollywood Godfather Podcast releases a new show every Wednesday! Be sure to follow us on Instagram @hollywoodgodfather and on Facebook.

The book, “Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob” by Gianni Russo with Patrick Picciarelli, was published in hardcover and audio by St. Martin’s Press on March 12, 2019 and is available for purchase on Amazon.

    Season 9 - Episode 170 - Patrick Goes Nostalgic: The NYPD in the 60's & 70s

    Season 9 - Episode 170 - Patrick Goes Nostalgic: The NYPD in the 60's & 70s

    Patrick Goes Nostalgic: The NYPD in the 60's & 70s

    • 55 min
    Season 8 - Episode 169 - Listener Emails

    Season 8 - Episode 169 - Listener Emails

    Listener Emails

    • 48 min
    Season 8 - Episode 168 - New Evidence in the Death of Marilyn Monroe.

    Season 8 - Episode 168 - New Evidence in the Death of Marilyn Monroe.

    New Evidence in the Death of Marilyn Monroe.

    • 51 min
    Season 8 - Episode 167 - An Interview With Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and another Russo in the News.

    Season 8 - Episode 167 - An Interview With Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and another Russo in the News.

    An Interview With Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and another Russo in the News.

    • 58 min
    Season 9 - Episode 166 - Entertainment Insider George Pecoraro With Insider Stories

    Season 9 - Episode 166 - Entertainment Insider George Pecoraro With Insider Stories

    Entertainment Insider George Pecoraro With Insider Stories

    • 58 min
    Season 9 - Episode 165 - Listener Emails

    Season 9 - Episode 165 - Listener Emails

    Listener Emails

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
679 Ratings

679 Ratings

Jeep24 ,

Great show….

I’ve followed the Kennedy assassinations and related stories for 30 plus years. It’s not that big of a stretch to tie the Bay of Pigs, Mafia, Casinos, JFK, RFK, Marilyn Monroe, and others together. It goes to show how turbulent the times were when so many deaths still remain unsolved. Maybe Hoffa had some info on all of these stories as well???

cschupp76 ,

Love it!

I just started listening and I haven’t been able to stop yet. So interesting! Thank you for doing it.

wuadrille76685 ,

Cool show but

Cut Magen loose not a fit. Seems like he reads Wikipedia before the show. In any case cool stories. Fix the audio please.

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