Villains Wiki
Villains Wiki
This article's content is marked as Mature
The page Mature contains mature content that may include coarse language, sexual references, and/or graphic violent images which may be disturbing to some. Mature pages are recommended for those who are 18 years of age and older.

If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page.

I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says, like, dumb. I'm smart and I want respect!
~ Fredo Corleone

Frederico "Fredo" Corleone was a member of the Corleone Family and The Godfather novel and subsequent movies - appearing as a major character in The Godfather and as one of the two secondary antagonists (alongside Don Fanucci) of The Godfather Part II.

He was the second oldest child of Vito and Carmela Corleone, and the brother of Sonny, Michael, and Connie Corleone, and the adoptive brother of Tom Hagen.

He was portrayed by the late John Cazale, in one of his few film roles before his early death.


Early Years

Fredo was born in 1919 in the Hell's Kitchen part of New York City. He had been a sickly child, coming down with pneumonia at a young age.

In the (non-canonical) continuation novel The Godfather Returns , it is revealed that Fredo is secretly bisexual, and has many secret liaisons with men. The novel also implies that he was molested as a child by his parish priest.

The Godfather

Fredo was seen as the weakest of the Corleone men, and was given its unimportant businesses to run. When his father was the victim of an attempted assassination Fredo panicked and was unable to return fire, dropping his gun in the process. He was found sitting in the street next to his father, sobbing.

Following the attempt on Vito's life, Sonny sent Fredo out west to Las Vegas to learn the casino business from Moe Greene. Fredo spent most of his time there drinking and womanizing, leaving a trail of pregnant cocktail waitresses in his wake. When Fredo’s womanizing began to effect the business, Greene slapped him in public.

When Michael arrived to convince Greene to sell his business to the Corleone family, Greene angrily refused. Fredo tried to intervene on Greene's behalf, but Michael told him to never take sides against the family again.

Las Vegas

Fredo became underboss to his brother Michael after the death of their father. He had no real power in the family, however, and resented being passed over for the leadership. Fredo's main duties consisted of wining and dining Michael's business associates and running a brothel.

Around this time, Fredo met and married fading movie star Deanna Dunn. It was not a happy marriage, however; Deanna frequently mocked and taunted Fredo, even at the reception for his nephew Anthony's first communion. She was also frequently unfaithful, and made no attempt to hide her indiscretions.

Fredo betrayed his brother to Nick Geraci and Hyman Roth, both of whom sought revenge against Michael. Fredo provided unspecified information on the Corleone family in return for receiving compensation (what kind is never specified) independently of the family. This gave Roth's associate Johnny Ola the information he needed to make an attempt on Michael's life, albeit a failed one.


I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart – you broke my heart!
~ Michael Corleone

While in Havana, Michael learned that Fredo betrayed him when Fredo accidentally let it slip that he and Johnny Ola had been to a sex show in Havana. He confronted Fredo at a New Year's party in Havana, telling Fredo that he knew he was the traitor, and that he broke Michael's heart. When the incoming Cuban rebels forced Fulgencio Batista to resign, Michael tried to convince Fredo to return to the US with him, but Fredo was too afraid to face his brother and ran off into the crowd. Michael's men soon persuaded him to come home, however.


Fredo, you're nothing to me now. You're not a brother, you're not a friend. I don't want to know you or what you do. I don't want to see you at the hotels, I don't want you near my house. When you see our mother, I want to know a day in advance, so I won't be there. You understand?
~ Michael Corleone

Michael soon came under investigation by a Senate subcommittee investigating organized crime. After arriving back at the Corleone compound at Lake Tahoe, Michael confronted Fredo, who admitted that he withheld information from Michael about the Senate Committee's lawyer being on Roth's payroll.

Michael disowned his brother, and told his enforcer Al Neri that as long as their mother lived nothing was to happen to Fredo; the implication was that Fredo was to be murdered as soon as she died.

Soon afterward, Carmella Corleone died. Fredo came to her funeral services and was told that his brother would not see him, and was waiting for him to leave. Connie went to see Michael and convinced him to see Fredo again, saying he was lost and helpless without his family. Michael went to see his brother, seemingly forgiving him. Michael's forgiveness was a ruse, however, designed to lure Fredo in so it would be easier to kill him.

Death and Aftermath

I've killed men, and I ordered men to be killed. No, it's useless. I killed... I ordered the death of my brother; he injured me. I killed my father's son. I killed my father's son!
~ Michael Corleone

Fredo and Al Neri sitting in a boat on Lake Tahoe, shortly before Fredo's death.

After he was allowed back in to the family, Fredo became close to Michael's son Anthony, often going fishing with him. One day as he and Anthony were about to go fishing, Connie told them that Michael wanted to take Anthony to Reno. After the boy left, Fredo and Neri went out alone on the lake. While they were on the boat, Neri shot Fredo in the back of the head, killing him. Neri then dumped the body overboard.

Michael had been watching to ensure the deed was done. What he did not know was that Anthony also had seen Neri killing Fredo from his bedroom, resulting in a rift between father and son. Anthony told his mother Kay about what he had seen, and years later she would tell Michael that Anthony knew the truth about his uncle's death and it was the reason why Anthony wanted nothing to do with the family business.

The rest of the family were led to believe that Fredo drowned in an accident on Lake Tahoe.

Michael was racked with guilt over ordering his brother killed. In 1979 Michael visited Cardinal Lamberto to warn him about corruption in the Vatican. During the visit Lamberto gently encouraged Michael to confess his sins for the first time in 30 years. Michael told Lamberto that he had ordered Fredo killed.

Lamberto told him that it was just that Michael suffered for his sins and that he didn't believe Michael would change; nevertheless, he still gave Michael absolution.


  • Fredo Corleone was portrayed by John Cazale. Cazale was a good friend of Al Pacino, who portrayed Michael. While the two lived together in a communal house in Provincetown, Massachusetts, they were cast in the Israel Horovitz play The Indian Wants the Bronx. Their work in this play resulted in Obie Awards for both men. Cazale played the lead in the Horovitz play Line, where casting director Fred Roos took notice of him and introduced Cazale to Francis Ford Coppola. Cazale also acted in plays with Robert De Niro, who played the younger Vito in the second film.



Animated Features
Beavis and Butt-head | Dallas Grimes | Muddy Grimes | Principal McVicker | Angelica Pickles | Eric Cartman | Saddam Hussein | Sheila Broflovski | Satan | Mr. Garrison | Chef | Randy Marsh | Shelly Marsh | Gerald Broflovski | Coco LaBouche | Jean-Claude | King Goobot | Ooblar | Poultra | Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck | Nick Vermicelli | Big Bob Pataki | Sloan Blackburn | Bree Blackburn | Poachers | Siri | Sheldon Plankton | Karen Plankton | Mr. Krabs | Dennis | Cyclops | Victor | Boat Jacker | The Thug Tug Gang | Film Actor's Guild (Alec Baldwin | Kim Jong-il) | Vincent | Gladys Sharp | Dwayne LaFontant | Dag | Nora Beady | Coyotes | The Toad | Le Frog | Spike & Whitey | Thimblenose Ted | Fat Barry | Ladykiller | Henchfrogs | Prince Charming | Trees | Rapunzel | Layton T. Montgomery | Ken | Tai Lung | Criminals | Makunga | Teetsi | Nana | Tour Guide | Poachers | Gallaxhar | Robot Probes | Red Death | Rumpelstiltskin | Pied Piper | Megamind | Minion | Tighten | Tortoise John | Rattlesnake Jake | Bad Bill | Hawk | Balthazar Douglas Peterson | Lord Shen | Lord Shen's Wolf Army (Boss Wolf) | Jack & Jill | Humpty Alexander Dumpty | Maybelle | Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Sakharine's Pirates (Allan, Tom, & Pedro) | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham | Chantel DuBois | DuBois' Men | Pitch Black | Nightmares | Burger-Beard | Moriarty | Reggie and Ronnie | Chimpanzombies | King Poseidon | El Diablo

Live Action Films
Emilio Barzini | Michael Corleone | Vito Corleone | Sonny Corleone | Fredo Corleone | Mr. Firat | Assassins (Moras) | Katahdin | Jason Voorhees | Bluto | Vermithrax Pejorative | Tyrian | Adolf Hitler | René Belloq | Major Arnold Ernst Toht | Herman Dietrich | Gobler | German Mechanic | Otto | Satipo | Barranca | Mola Ram | Chief Guard | Chattar Lal | Lao Che | Victor Maitland | Curly Shepard | Tim Shepard | Texan Thugs | Maxwell Dent | Karla Fry | Walter Donovan | Elsa Schneider | Ernst Vogel | Panama Hat | Garth | Holli Would | The Goons | Mr. Curran | Ellis De Wald | Orrin Sanderson | Steve Fulbright | King Edward I of England | Prince Edward | Marion Hawthorne | Agatha K. Plummer | Jim Phelps | Franz Krieger | Max Mitsopolis | Claire Phelps | Matthias | Governor Tracy | Castor Troy | Pollux Troy | Kurt Bozwell | Troy and Griffin | Roxanne | Cal Hockley | Spicer Lovejoy | Ruth DeWitt Bukater | Christof | Lady Van Tassel | Headless Horseman | Reverend Steenwyck | Sean Ambrose | Hugh Stamp | John C. McCloy | Wallis | Ulrich | Michael | Simon | Henry Gates | Richard and Jay | Count Olaf | Hook-Handed Man | Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender | Bald Man | White-Faced Women | Martians | Owen Davian | John Musgrave | Brownway | Kimbrough | Ramses | Brooks & Elwyn | Megatron | Decepticons (Starscream, Barricade, Frenzy, Blackout, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Brawl, & Dispensor) | Grendel | Grendel's Mother | Dragon | Clover | Parasites | Irina Spalko | Antonin Dovchenko | George McHale | Mulgarath | Red Cap | Goblins | Mole Troll | Jake | Max | Jason Voorhees | The Fallen | Decepticons (Soundwave, Sideways, Grindor, Ravage, Alice, & Scalpel) | Constructicons/Devastator (Demolishor, Rampage, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scrapper, & Scavenger) | Theodore Galloway | Cobra Commander | Destro | Storm Shadow | Baroness | Zartan | General Zhao | Fire Nation (Fire Lord Ozai, Zuko & Azula) | Therman Murch | Darla | Sentinel Prime | Dylan Gould | Laserbeak | Shockwave | Driller | Igor | Watch-Out | Crankcase | Crowbar | Kurt Hendricks | Marius Wistrom | Sabine Moreau | Brij Nath | Bogdan Anasenko | Firefly | Harold Attinger | Lockdown | Cemetery Wind (James Savoy, Steeljaw, & Shadow Raiders) | Joshua Joyce | Kinetic Solutions Incorporated | Stinger | The Creators | Shredder | Foot Clan (Eric Sacks & Karai) | The Syndicate (Solomon Lane, Janik Vinter, Kagan, Saif, Richter, & Atlee) | Howard Stambler | Krang | Baxter Stockman | Bebop and Rocksteady | Reece Tenneson | Burke | Quintessa | Infernocons | Nitro Zeus | Mohawk | Berserker | Onslaught | Dreadbot | Commander Santos | Transformers Reaction Force | Unicron | Death Angels | August Walker | White Widow | Zola Mitsopolis | Nils Debruuk | Shatter | Dropkick | Blitzwing | Agent Jack Burns | Dr. Powell | Alejandro Gutierrez | Swiper | Powell | Viper | Christina X | Dr. Robotnik | Agent Stone | Echidna Tribe (Pachacamac)

See Also
Avatar Villains | Beavis and Butt-Head Villains | Beverly Hills Cop Villains | Clone High Villains | Danny Phantom Villains | DreamWorks Villains | G.I Joe Villains | Henry Danger Villains | Indiana Jones Villains | Invader Zim Villains | Jimmy Neurton Villains | Kung Fu Panda Villains | Lemony Snicket Villains | Madagascar Villains | Mission Impossible Villains | Nickelodeon Villains | Nickelodeon Movies Villains | Shrek Villains | Sonic Villains | South Park Villains | SpongeBob Squarepants Villains | Star Trek Villains | The Fairly OddParents Villains | The Godfather Villains | TMNT Villains | Transformers Villains | Transformers Cinematic Universe Villains | XXX Villains

           The Godfather Logo.png Villains

The Commision
Vito Corleone | Philip Tattaglia | Emilio Barzini | Carmine Cuneo | Victor Stracci | Michael Corleone

Corleone Family
Vito Corleone | Sonny Corleone | Fredo Corleone | Michael Corleone | Connie Corleone | Vincent Corleone | Luca Brasi | Peter Clemenza | Salvatore Tessio | Tom Hagen | Al Neri | Rocco Lampone | Paulie Gatto | Willie Cicci | Frank Pentangeli | Joey Zasa | Aldo Trapani | Dominic Trapani

Tattaglia Family
Philip Tattaglia | Bruno Tattaglia | Virgil Sollozzo | Mark McCluskey | Don Altobello

Barzini Family
Emilio Barzini | Emilio Barzini Jr.

Carlo Rizzi | Moe Greene | Nick Geraci | Hyman Roth | Francesco Ciccio | Don Fanucci | Johnny Ola | Licio Lucchesi | Archbishop Gilday | Frederick Keinszig | Pat Geary