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Sonofabitch! Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!
~ Moe Greene

Moe Greene is one of the secondary antagonists from the film and novel The Godfather. He was a mobster who built and ran some Las Vegas based casinos.

He was portrayed by the late Alex Rocco.

History

At a young age, Greene became associated with Hyman Roth. Greene found a small town called Las Vegas in the Nevada desert that he developed into the center of a gambling empire.

Sonny Corleone sent his brother Fredo to Las Vegas to learn the casino business from Greene. Fredo soon became more interested in womanizing than following Greene's orders; the business suffered because Fredo was "banging cocktail waitresses two at a time", to the point that no one could get a drink. Greene lost his temper with Fredo and slapped him around in public.

When Michael Corleone took over the Corleone Family from his father Vito, he decided to move the family to Las Vegas and to buy Greene out. Greene was not happy with this, and refused. When Fredo attempted to defend Greene, Michael coldly told him to never take sides against the family again.

Moe meets his end

After Vito Corleone died, Michael arranged to have Greene killed. He sent one of his assassins to one of Greene's casinos, where Greene was getting a massage; the assassin shot him through the eye.

Trivia

  • In the novel Moe Greene was killed by Al Neri, who "made his bones" by carrying out this hit. Neri then killed Emilio Barzini upon his return from Vegas. In the movie it was an anonymous gunman who killed Greene, with Neri killing Barzini while disguised as a police officer.
  • Greene was based on the real life gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel.
  • The term "Moe Greene Special" (executing a victim by shooting them through the eye) is named after him.

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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.

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

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