After seeing what Sharkey could do, Montana recommended that he try his hand at professional wrestling. Montana then went on to form a powerful partnership with Tarzan Tyler, in which they would win three titles. He appeared with Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in The Godfather. Montana also suffered an attack of nerves during the scene where his character thanked the Don; Coppola also wrote this into the script as Brasi being overwhelmed by the Don's invitation to his daughter's wedding. First, the NWA International Tag Team Titles on April 9, 1963 defeating Ted Evans and Chief Little Eagle, then again winning the NWA International Tag Team Titles later in June 1963, defeating billed champions Chief Little Eagle and Dick Steinborn. He established himself as an efficient character actor and appeared in Patty (1976), Fingers (1978) as the pizzeria owner Luchino, Matilda (1978), They Went That - A - Way & That - A - Way (1978), The Jerk (1979), Seven (1979), Below the Belt (1980), Defiance (1980), Battle Creek Brawl (1980) alongside Jackie Chan, Evilspeak (1981), ...All the Marbles (1981) and finally Pandemonium in 1982. Lenny Montana (born Leonard Passafaro) (March 13, 1926 – May 12, 1992) was an American actor, who played the role of feared hitman Luca Brasi in The Godfather. Born Leonard Passafaro, he grew up in Brooklyn, New York, as a member of an Italian family. Things came to a head when Montana defeated Eddie Graham in a NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Georgia version) title match on May 1, 1962. He was fluent in both the English and Italian languages. He soon won the NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship, defeating Dave Sims on October 1, 1953 in Kansas City. Terence McGovern provided the voice acting. Montana was survived by his wife and four children. He was Sports Persons (Wrestler) by profession. Prior to becoming an actor, he had a successful career as a professional wrestler. Finally, the duo won the NWA World Tag Team Championship in Georgia, during October 1963, they defeated Karl Von Brauner and Kurt Von Brauner. The Zebra Kid had a notable feud with Eddie Graham; their battles sold out Fort Homer Hesterly Armory many Tuesday nights in 1961. The two struck up a friendship. Bull Montana, Chief Chewacki, Gypsy Chief Chewacki, Len Crosby, Len Montana, Lenny Montana, Lenny Passaforo, Masked Gentleman Geek, Montana Kid, Zebra Kid Mask Losses as … He is famous from his real name: Lenny Montana Height: 6'6''(in feet & inches) 1.9812(m) 198.12(cm) , Birthdate(Birthday): March 13, 1926 , Age on May 12, 1992 (Death date): 66 Years 1 Months 30 Days Profession: Sports Persons (Wrestler), Also working as: Actor, Married: Yes, Children: No (1982). He wrestled under the Zebra Kid gimmick, and was billed at the height of 6 foot 6 inches. ... Lenny Montana Movie Actor #129669. He also acted on television as well as the big screen, appearing in Search (1973), Strike Force (1975), which starred a young Richard Gere, Contract on Cherry Street (1977), which featured Frank Sinatra, Kojak (1978), They Went That-A-Way & That-A-Way (1978) and Magnum, P.I. He would tie a tampon to the tail of a mouse, dip it in kerosene, light it, and let the mouse run through a building, or he would put a candle in front of a cuckoo clock so that when the clock's bird would pop out the candle would be knocked over and start a fire.