- Jon Polito, Miller’s Crossing, 1990. The Coen brothers tackle 30s/40s, gangster noir… Their 1988 draft had Phillip Bosco, Michael Gambon, Joe Mantegna and John Seitz suggested for Italian crime boss Johnny Caspar, arch rival of Albert Finney’s Irish gang leader, Leo O’Bannion. Plus Gazzo, the playwright-actor, a memorable Frankie Pentangeli in The Godfather: Part Two, 1974. The Coens had wanted Polito to play Eddie Dane, but he asked to be Caspar… in the first of his five films for the brothers during 1990-2000.
Usual occupation: PlaywrightBirth year: 1923Death year: 1995Other name: Casting Calls: 1