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Singer had role in 'The Godfather'

October 14, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Al Martino, the singer who played the role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at his childhood home in suburban Philadelphia. He was 82.

Martino died in Springfield, Pa., publicist Sandy Friedman of Rogers & Cowan announced. A cause of death was not given.

Starting in 1952, Martino was known for hit songs including "Here in My Heart," "Spanish Eyes," "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Volare."

Besides acting in the Marlon Brando classic "The Godfather," he sang the 1972 film's title score, "The Love Theme From the Godfather." His Fontane character is a Frank Sinatra-type singer and occasional actor.

Martino was born Oct. 7, 1927, in South Philadelphia as Alfred Cini (SEE'-nee). He was a longtime resident of Beverly Hills.

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