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Michael V. Gazzo

Michael V. Gazzo, nominated for an Academy Award for “The Godfather, Part II” and author of the 1955 stage drama “A Hatful of Rain,” died Feb. 14 of complications from a stroke at Vencor Hospital in L.A. He was 71.

He garnered the supporting actor Oscar nomination for his perf as Frankie Pentangeli in “The Godfather, Part II” (1974).

Known in Hollywood for his gangster roles, Gazzo was perhaps best known for his play “A Hatful of Rain,” a portrait of a drug addict struggling to overcome his habit. The play opened in New York starring Ben Gazzara, Shelley Winters and Anthony Franciosa.

The play was the basis for a 1957 film, with Gazzo and Alfred Hayes scripting. It starred Eva Marie Saint and Don Murray.

Gazzo also wrote the 1958 Broadway play “Night Circus” and the script for the 1958 Elvis Presley movie “King Creole.”

He is survived by his wife, Grace, a daughter and two sons.

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