Lenny Montana Biography
(American Actor and Retired Professional Wrestler)
Birthday: March 13, 1926 (Pisces)
Born In: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Lenny Montana was an American actor and professional wrestler. He is best remembered for his portrayal of ‘Luca Brasi’ in the movie ‘The Godfather.’ Montana started his career as a wrestler. He won the ‘New Jersey Tag Team’ title. He adopted the ring name “Zebra Kid” in the early days of his wrestling career. Montana went on to win several professional wrestling titles, such as ‘NWA Texas Tag Team Championship,’ the ‘NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship,’ and the ‘NWA International Tag Team Championship.’ During the course of his wrestling career, Montana became acquainted with the Colombo crime family, who were the leaders in organized crime in New York City. Montana worked as an arsonist and enforcer for the Colombo family. His tall and athletic figure suited the job of a mobster. Montana was working as a bodyguard of a few prominent members of the Colombo family, when he was offered a role in ‘The Godfather.’ Al Ruddy, the producer of the movie, was impressed with his gigantic looks and decided to cast him in the movie. Following the success of the movie, Montana acted in several other movies. He was mostly offered roles of gangsters or mobsters. ‘Blood Song’ was his last movie. Montana died of a heart attack at the age of 66.