Mario Puzo


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Birth Name: Mario Puzo
Born: 10/15/1920
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: Bayshore, New York, USA
Died: 07/02/1999

Born on Oct. 15, 1920 in New York City, Puzo was raised one of seven children in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood by his father, Antonio, a railroad trackman whose increasingly erratic behavior led to being institutionalized as a schizophrenic, and his mother, Maria, an immigrant from Naples who later became the model for Don Corleone. After being inspired to become a writer while attending Commerce High School, Puzo joined the United States Air Force during World War II, but his poor eyesight limited him to working with the military government of captured French towns. Upon his return to the United States, Puzo used the G.I. Bill to attend both Columbia University and the New School for Soci... Continue Bio >>


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