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'GODFATHER' ACTOR KILLED BY TOUR BUS (Richard Bright, played Al Neri)
nypost ^ | February 19, 2006 | TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS and PERRY CHIARAMONTE

Posted on 02/19/2006 12:15:41 AM PST by lunarbicep

A debonair 68-year-old actor — whose half-century career included a memorable role in all three "Godfather" movies — was last night dragged to his death in a horrific tour-bus accident on the Upper West Side, police sources said.

Richard Bright, whose piercing blue eyes and dark hair saw him often cast as a cop or criminal, crumpled to the ground as he was hit by the rear wheel of an Academy bus at about 6:30 p.m. as it turned left on Columbus Avenue at 86th Street, according to witnesses.

The driver was unaware of the accident until he reached the Port Authority terminal and was questioned by police. There was no indication of a crime and no charges were filed, police sources said.

Bright, whose winter coat and dentures were left behind on the street, was pronounced dead at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

"His face was beat up. His leg was mangled," said Teri Robinson, 47, who saw the accident from the back of a taxi. "It was very startling."

Movie fans would best know Bright from his performance as Al Neri, the bodyguard to Al Pacino's Michael Corleone character in "The Godfather" trilogy.

He played a key part in one of the most haunting scenes in "The Godfather II," when he shot Corleone's older brother Fredo (John Cazale) during a fishing trip.

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KEYWORDS: alneri; godfather; hollywood; obituary; richardbright; thegodfather
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1 posted on 02/19/2006 12:15:43 AM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep


What an awful death.


2 posted on 02/19/2006 12:17:15 AM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Clemenza

*ping*


3 posted on 02/19/2006 12:18:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: lunarbicep

Dreadful accident. I enjoyed his work. May he rest in peace.


4 posted on 02/19/2006 12:20:16 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: lunarbicep

Wow! That's just awful!


5 posted on 02/19/2006 12:22:41 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: lunarbicep

http://imdb.com/name/nm0109175/

Richard Bright's filmography at IMDB


6 posted on 02/19/2006 12:23:13 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: lunarbicep

How awful!
Prayers for him and also for the poor bus driver :-(


7 posted on 02/19/2006 12:26:15 AM PST by Bobalu (This is not the tag line you are looking for.....move along (waves hand))
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Biography for
Richard Bright

Mini biography

Fair complexioned, cold eyed actor Richard Bright has notched up an impressive array of character performances of often shifty, or deadly characters on the wrong side of the law. First came to attention as a burglar in the engrossing _Panic in Needle Park(1971)_ , and then followed it the following year playing a slick con artist hustling naive Ali MacGraw for the bank robbery loot in The Getaway (1972), before Steve McQueen pummels Bright to get the money back. Additionally, in 1972 he made his first appearance as bodyguard / enforcer "Al Neri" protecting Al Pacino in The Godfather (1972), and returned in the same role in The Godfather: Part II (1974), and 16 years later he was back once again still protecting mob boss Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part III (1990). Bright's look's have endeared him to casting agents looking for criminals & cops, as he has also appeared in Sergio Leone's, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Sam Raimi's crazy _Crimewave (1985)_ , the union tale, _Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)_ and _Witness to the Mob (1998)_ . In addition, he has appeared regularly on TV in police/drama shows such as "Hill Street Blues", "Houston Knights", "Third Watch" & "The Sopranos".


8 posted on 02/19/2006 12:27:46 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: lunarbicep
crumpled to the ground as he was hit by the rear wheel of an Academy bus at about 6:30 p.m. as it turned left on Columbus Avenue at 86th Street, according to witnesses.

Usually cats and dogs get killed by the rear wheel of a vehicle.
9 posted on 02/19/2006 12:35:05 AM PST by Marius3188
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To: lunarbicep

Gee! Bad way to go. Rest in peace.


10 posted on 02/19/2006 12:38:03 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: lunarbicep
Just Damn. May he rest in peace.
11 posted on 02/19/2006 12:40:03 AM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (Islamofascists don't need cartoons. They're already caricatures.)
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To: lunarbicep
R I P

RICHARD BRIGHT


12 posted on 02/19/2006 12:44:27 AM PST by I see my hands (Arguing facts to a liar is like bringing a handshake to a gun fight.)
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To: onyx
In the Godfather book, as in the movie, it was Al Neri who 'dispatched' Barzini on the steps of an office building at Rockefeller Center .....

RIP Mr. Richard Bright .... "you did good"

13 posted on 02/19/2006 12:52:46 AM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Mr_Moonlight; Clemenza
In the Godfather book, as in the movie, it was Al Neri who 'dispatched' Barzini on the steps of an office building at Rockefeller Center .....

While Michael Corleoni's nephew is being baptized.

14 posted on 02/19/2006 1:00:22 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative
Retribution for croaking Fredo .
15 posted on 02/19/2006 2:50:14 AM PST by oyez (Appeasement is insanity.)
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To: lunarbicep

RIP. The "Godfather" has become a real part of our culture, a book like "Gone with the Wind" was to an earlier generation, and a film like "Casablanca" that everyone has seen and remembers.


16 posted on 02/19/2006 3:00:20 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: Malesherbes
The "Godfather" has become a real part of our culture...

The "Godfather" series is not a part of American culture. Maybe the east coast where for some reason the mob is revered but the rest of the U.S.

I have only seen the first one. After that the rest could only be as boring as the first so I never watched.

17 posted on 02/19/2006 3:39:39 AM PST by raybbr (ANWR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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To: raybbr

Gee, I guess you represent the West, the MidWest, and the South, so if you say The Godfather isn't part of American culture, we have to take your word for it.

Right. Sure. OK. No problem there.


18 posted on 02/19/2006 3:48:25 AM PST by BCrago66
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To: raybbr
I've actually never seen any of them....but if you don't think that "The Godfather" is part of American culture - you're nuts. It is referenced in hundreds of TV shows, movies, books, in humor and even sports.

I'm sure more poeple in this country can tell you who Don Corleone is than can tell you who Dick Cheney is - and that's AFTER the shooting!

19 posted on 02/19/2006 3:57:55 AM PST by KeepUSfree (WOSD = fascism pure and simple.)
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To: beaversmom

There seemed to be a pattern to his type cast!


20 posted on 02/19/2006 3:59:13 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: raybbr

The second one is the greatest of the three... and that's not just *my* opinion!


21 posted on 02/19/2006 4:01:42 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: lunarbicep

May he rest in peace.


22 posted on 02/19/2006 4:05:50 AM PST by tiredoflaundry (I'll admit it , I'm a Snow Flake !(Snoq) The rest of my tagline redacted by court order.)
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To: oyez

"He sleeps with the bussess"


23 posted on 02/19/2006 4:10:23 AM PST by Recon Dad (Force Recon Dad)
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To: lunarbicep

Leave the gun, take the bus.


24 posted on 02/19/2006 4:17:04 AM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: linda_22003

The second one is the greatest of the three... and that's not just *my* opinion!

I agree. That's where I learned a lot of Italian.


25 posted on 02/19/2006 5:16:30 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: lunarbicep

May I suggest a mortician? He did wonderful work on Santino Corleone.


26 posted on 02/19/2006 5:26:24 AM PST by Don'tMessWithTexas
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To: lunarbicep
Was this the fellow? Man on the far right?
27 posted on 02/19/2006 5:37:48 AM PST by Cvengr (<;^))
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To: BCrago66
Gee, I guess you represent the West, the MidWest, and the South, so if you say The Godfather isn't part of American culture, we have to take your word for it.

No. But if you think that a study of mob life is representative of American culture I disagree. Not everyone thinks the mafia is something to revered.

28 posted on 02/19/2006 6:04:44 AM PST by raybbr (ANWR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
The end of GF I is another reference to Sicilian culture in the film. Michael is killing all of his enemies at one time. Also done in GF III. It is referred to as Sicilian vespers.

Every evening at 6 the church bells ring and evryone looks up to the cross on top of the church and prays. One evening when the occupying French soldiers looked up, each had their throats cut by a Sicilian.

29 posted on 02/19/2006 6:09:47 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: raybbr

If all you see in the GF is mob life, then I think you missed half of the point.


30 posted on 02/19/2006 6:11:16 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: lunarbicep
ACTOR KILLED BY TOUR BUS

Has the tour bus been arrested yet?

31 posted on 02/19/2006 6:12:55 AM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know don't talk, those who talk don't know.)
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To: oyez

'Fredo needed croaking.


32 posted on 02/19/2006 6:16:23 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Cvengr

Indeed.


33 posted on 02/19/2006 6:19:50 AM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: bigsigh
If all you see in the GF is mob life, then I think you missed half of the point.

What is the other half about, then?

34 posted on 02/19/2006 6:28:06 AM PST by raybbr (ANWR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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To: lunarbicep; All
Rest in peace.

Al Neri takes careful aim up the courthouse steps at Barzini.

35 posted on 02/19/2006 6:55:10 AM PST by dighton
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To: raybbr
"No. But if you think that a study of mob life is representative of American culture I disagree.",

I don't think the intent was to say thet the GF movies are representative of American life but they are, quite clearly, a cultural element of American life the way John Wayne is a cultural element of American life.

Just a part, a bit of the flavor, a cultural reference that most people understand.

36 posted on 02/19/2006 7:33:27 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: muir_redwoods
I don't think the intent was to say thet the GF movies are representative of American life but they are, quite clearly, a cultural element of American life the way John Wayne is a cultural element of American life.

I am sure you are right. I just simply can't stand the way mafia movies are held in such high esteem. They stand for a way of life that is to be reviled not revered as so many seem to do.

37 posted on 02/19/2006 7:38:27 AM PST by raybbr (ANWR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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To: raybbr

Well it was the highest grossing film of all time upon release so I would say it made pretty serious inroads into American culture. And previously the novel was a publishing phenomena.


38 posted on 02/19/2006 7:42:17 AM PST by Borges
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To: raybbr

They don't revere Mafia life any more then Macbeth reveres its title character. If you had seen the 2nd one you'd see that the descent into Mafia life is treatest as stark human tragedy.


39 posted on 02/19/2006 7:46:42 AM PST by Borges
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To: lunarbicep

Good Grief! How horrible. I remember him well.


40 posted on 02/19/2006 9:45:33 AM PST by RichardW
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To: lunarbicep
This is certainly sad news. Bright was one of my favorite actors and I've always enjoyed his work. His Al Neri was my favorite GF character

RIP

42 posted on 02/20/2006 2:17:53 PM PST by Al Neri
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To: Mr_Moonlight
In the Godfather book, as in the movie, it was Al Neri who 'dispatched' Barzini on the steps of an office building at Rockefeller Center .....

Now that was a heckuva shot.

43 posted on 02/20/2006 2:19:11 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: ASA Vet
ACTOR KILLED BY TOUR BUS Has the tour bus been arrested yet?

Only evil SUVs can be arrested, don'cha know.

44 posted on 02/20/2006 2:20:18 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: beaversmom
He Freaked me out in Once Upon a Time in America, BTW FReepers this is one of the most Underrated Gangster Movies of all time,See it!
45 posted on 02/20/2006 2:20:26 PM PST by cmsgop ( Yeah. Let's go get sushi and not pay !!)
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To: lunarbicep

I wonder if they were right by an orange-stand.....everytime you see oranges on The Godfather, someone buys the farm.


46 posted on 02/20/2006 2:22:18 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than get in a car with Ted Kennedy...[props to Auto Power])
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To: cmsgop

Sergio Leone did an awesome job with that movie. Its a classic


47 posted on 02/20/2006 2:25:01 PM PST by Al Neri
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To: Borges
According the The Internet Movie Database, The Godfather is the #1 film of all time. The Godfather, Part 2 is ranked third.

They are the only films to have the original and it's sequel win an Oscar for Best Picture.

A brief look at the Quotes from that movie shows how deeply we embraced the language from that film. Who hasn't heard someone say, "Make him an offer he can't refuse."?

48 posted on 02/20/2006 2:28:51 PM PST by TravisBickle (The War on Terror: Win It There or Fight It Here)
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To: cmsgop; Al Neri

It's the only Gangster film that can be called Proustian.


49 posted on 02/20/2006 2:33:21 PM PST by Borges
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To: raybbr
You should appreciate this acrostic then:

The
Hollywood
Establishment's

Glorification
Of
Downright
Fascists
As
Tragic
Heroes
Exceeds
Reason
50 posted on 02/20/2006 2:35:39 PM PST by Borges
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