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Don Francesco Ciccio is the posthumous main antagonist in Mario Puzo's The Godfather franchise, serving as the archenemy of Vito Corleone when the latter was younger.
He served as the unseen and posthumous overarching antagonist of The Godfather novel and film adaptation, but he was not mentioned at the time. Later, he made his full appearance as the posthumous overarching antagonist of the 1974 crime film The Godfather: Part II. In particular, he served as the main antagonist of the latter's flashback sequence about Vito Corleone's past.
He was portrayed by the late Giuseppe Sillato.
Francesco Ciccio ruled over the small Sicilian town of Corleone, the birthplace of Vito Andolini, who would later grow up to be Don Vito Corleone. Don Ciccio murdered Vito's father, Antonio Andolini, after the hot-headed Andolini refused to give tribute, which was seen as a great insult to the Don.
This act provoked Vito's brother, Paolo, to swear a vendetta against Ciccio. Ciccio then had Paolo killed during his father's funeral. His mother went to Ciccio, begging him to spare her only remaining son's life. Ciccio refused, fearing that he would grow up and seek vengeance on him. Signora Andolini grabbed the Don at knifepoint, allowing Vito to escape. Ciccio's bodyguard shot and killed her in front of Vito. When word got out that Ciccio had put a price on Vito's head, Vito managed to escape to the United States with the help of family friends.
More than 20 years later, a grown Vito, by that time known as Vito Corleone and a crime boss in his own right, exacted revenge on Don Ciccio. He murdered Ciccio's enforcers, Strollo and Mosca. He and his friend Lionele Tommasino then arranged a meeting with Ciccio, ostensibly to get his blessing for Tommasino's joint venture with Vito's Genco Pura Olive Oil Company, a front for the Corleone Family's criminal activities. Ciccio was impressed that Vito had taken the name of his hometown, and asked him the name of Vito’s father. When Ciccio couldn't make out what Vito said, he asked Vito to come closer. Vito then replied, "My father's name was Antonio Andolini, and this is for you!" before stabbing Ciccio and carving his chest open, thus finally avenging the murder of his family. Tommasino, who was shot in the legs and crippled while they escaped, took over as mafia chief of Corleone.