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And a man in my position can't afford to be made to look ridiculous! Now you get the hell outta here! And if that goombah tries any rough stuff, you tell him I ain't no band leader! Yeah, I heard that story.
~ Jack Woltz to Tom Hagen.
Jack Woltz is the opening antagonist of Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and it's 1972 film adaptation of the same name.
He was portrayed by the late John Marley.
Jack Woltz was a successful Hollywood movie producer. He was the founder of Woltz Intermational Pictures, which became one of the biggest studios in Hollywood. He used to be a propaganda adviser during World War II which gave him many political contracts. He was known for molesting young actresses auditioning for his movies and even their daughters. He had also interest in horses, and managed to get a horse called Khartoum for six-hundred thousand dollars.
In 1945, he was about to release a war film from a best seller novel, to which Vito Corleone's Godson Johnny Fotane was interested to be part of, but was refused by the producer, doing as such because he hated Johnny for taking one of his past dates and most valuable proteges. That role was perfect for Johnny, and would get him back on top something that Wloltz didn't want. Johnny Fontane went to his Godsister's wedding to ask Vito for help and his Godfather promised him that he will get the role, and Vito sent his new Consigliere Tom Hagen to California in order to negotiate with with Woltz. Hagen was polite with the producer, but Wolt started to insult him with racist comments and threats. Once Woltz learned that his boss was, Vito Corleone invited him to his house for dinner and told him that he can't do this favor, explaining his hatred for Johnny Fontane. He then angrily told Hagen to leave telling him that he is not afraid of his boss. That same day Hagen informed his Don about this, even telling him about him being a pedophile, which disgusted Vito who decided to give Woltz a lesson. The following morning Woltz woke up from his bed only to found blood everywhere around him. After pulling back the covers, he saw his favorite horse's Khartoum severed head and started yelling in fear. After that, he realized Vito Corleone's power and decided to give Johnny Fotane the role. However, that didn't stop Woltz for furthers attempts to ruin Johnny's career later, even though all of them failed.
Despite his fame and success, Woltz was known as a ruthless, arrogant, disrespectful, and petty man who overestimated his power and underestimated other's power. He was also a pedophile and a racist, as well as a hothead. In many ways, he was the exact opposite of Vito Corleone.