Mario Puzo

American author, screenwriter, and journalist

Mario Gianluigi Puzo (/ˈpz/; Italian: [ˈmarjo ˈpudːzo]; October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) was an American author and screenwriter. He was born in Manhattan, New York City.

He is known for his novels about the Mafia, including The Godfather (1969), which was later made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in both 1972 and 1974.

Puzo died of heart failure in West Bay Shore, New York, aged 78.

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