The film never reveals what specific assistance Fredo provides Ola and Roth against Michael, how much he knew of their intentions, or what he was offered in return. Though hesitant at first, Fredo paid her three thousand dollars to tell Johnny it was the best sex she ever had, before eventually succumbing and sleeping with her. Rival gangster Louie Russo exploits rumors of Fredo's sexuality to make Michael look weak, and tries to have him killed while he is with a male lover. In his youth he was a sickly child, contracting pneumonia as a baby. The Corleone family would buy the former cemetery land, now prime real estate, and also be a silent partner in the graveyard business. Born However, he was also known as a charismatic young man, and was usually sent to pick important people up at the airport and entertain them before business meetings. A few months later they got married. Later on, he is seen at the hospital with Sonny Corleone, who sends Aldo away. The murder of his brother was the one crime that Michael felt real guilt about, which caused him to break down when confessing to the future Pope, Cardinal Lamberto, in 1980 while at the Vatican. Michael confronted Fredo later and tells his older brother, "You broke my heart." In a pivotal scene in the novel and film, Fredo is with his father when assassins working for drug kingpin Virgil Sollozzo (Al Lettieri) gun down Don Corleone in the street. Trivia (35) Was in a relationship with Meryl Streep at the time of his death. Fredo was appointed sotto capo, or underboss, by his brother, an appointment that was seen as unqualified nepotism. Fredo claims that he did not know they would make an attempt on Michael's life, and that if he helped Roth, "there was something in it for me, on my own". Despite disagreeing and arguing with Michael's plan, Fredo goes along with it and soon after the underground casino is raided and shut down, the Hotel taken over and (unbeknownst to Fredo) Moe is killed at Orchid Inc. by Trapani. Fredo was appointed sotto capo, or underboss, by his brother, an appointment that was seen as unqualified nepotism, though Fredo was given little real power and the title was mostly ceremonial. Shortly after, with Fredo's knowledge, Marguerite had a baby, who she put up for adoption. Michael overhears the conversation and realizes that Fredo is the traitor within the family. However, it was only a deception to draw Fredo in so as to have him murdered by Al Neri. A few months later they got married. It is unknown if Fredo knew that they planned to assassinate Michael. However, Anthony is called away by Connie, who tells him that his father wants to take him to Reno. In Winegardner's 2006 sequel, The Godfather's Revenge, Fredo appears in one of Michael's dreams, warning him about an unspecified threat and asking him why he had his own brother killed. He is the second son of the mafia don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro). Much of the novel portrays Michael dealing with his guilt over Fredo's murder. In Part I, Fredo volunteered to stand in for Paulie Gatto to drive Don Vito, which unexpectedly led to the assassination attempt on the Don and Fredo's subsequent breakdown. When Deanna's co-star tries to attack him, Fredo knocks him unconscious and is arrested. Michael therefore disowns and banishes him from the family, although not wanting any harm to happen to him while their mother was still alive. It includes explanations for some questions left open by the films, such as the details of Fredo's betrayal of Michael in The Godfather Part II, and how, as was revealed in The Godfather Part III, Anthony knew the truth about Fredo's death. Despite this, Hagen gets Fredo cleared by claiming the incident was self-defense. Fredo would propose this plan to Mike and impress him, reassuring him and others of his abilities. Greene never treated Fredo as an equal partner however, becoming irritated by Fredo's womanizing activities, and even put him in danger by having him dispose of a business partner's body. Later, when Michael is being pursued by a Congressional Committee investigating organized crime, he has a talk with Fredo and realizes that Fredo had both withheld important information from him about Hyman Roth's connection with the Committee's lawyer Questadt, was deeply resentful and jealous of Michael's role in the family business and the fact, that he was treated as an errand boy and that he was stepped over. However, in the event of Michael's assassination, Fredo would likely have led the Corleone family, at least as a figurehead. Fredo, terrified, drops his gun, failing to return fire. This page was last edited on 16 October 2020, at 19:16. Though hesitant, they have sex, and Fredo pays her to tell Johnny it was the best she had ever had. His suspicions prior to his death are left up to interpretation. Michael Corleone's rivals, chiefly Louie Russo, the mob boss of Chicago, hoped to exploit this rumor of Fredo's bisexuality to make Michael look weak. The novel reveals that Fredo is bisexual, and implies that he was molested as a child by his parish priest, Father Stefano. To aid Fredo's recovery and protect him from possible reprisals, Sonny sends his younger brother to Las Vegasunder the protection of Don Anth… The deal with Hyman Roth had now reached a stalemate, and they figured Fredo could be used as a pawn to let Hyman Roth succeed. Fredo arrives at the Corleone Christmas party with Deanna Dunn, a fading movie starlet. In his youth he was a sickly child, contracting pneumonia as a baby. He actually never leaves and instead, he is sent to his room, where, from his window, he sees Fredo and Neri out on the lake. Fredo appears only once in the third film, in a flashback depicting his death through archive footage. Fredo, moments before his death at Lake Tahoe. He sits on the curb next to his severely wounded father, weeping. Later, in September 1957, Fredo's Hollywood connections allow him to get his own unsuccessful TV show, "The Fred Corleone Show", which aired irregularly, usually on Monday nights, until his death. Later, when Michael is being pursued by a Congressional Committee investigating organized crime, he has a talk with Fredo and realizes that Fredo had both withheld important information from him about Hyman Roth's connection with the Committee's lawyer Questadt, was deeply resentful and jealous of Michael's role in the family business as well as the fact that he was treated as an errand boy and that he was stepped over. When Fredo's womanizing starts affecting business, Greene slaps him in public. Hagen tells Geary that Fredo operates the brothel, and "it will be as if she never existed". Michael saw potential in Fredo's role in the family business, but was too wary to give his older brother any real power. He actually never leaves and instead, he is sent to his room, where, from his window, he sees Fredo and Neri out on the lake. In Winegardner's 2006 sequel, The Godfather's Revenge, Fredo appears in one of Michael's dreams, warning him about an unspecified threat and asking him why he had his own brother killed. When Fredo scolds Michael for being openly hostile to Greene, Michael in turn berates Fredo for openly taking sides against the family during a meeting with Greene, warning him never to do so again. Roth, Ola and traitorous Corleone family caporegime Nick Geraci use Fredo as a pawn to eliminate Michael. Ola and Roth tell Fredo that Michael is being particularly difficult in business negotiations between Roth's organization and the Corleone family. When Deanna's co-star tries to attack him, Fredo knocks him unconscious and is arrested. Meanwhile, Fredo's alcoholism worsens. Geraci and Ola meet with Fredo, who is blind drunk after having a fight with his wife, and promise to make his necropolis idea a reality in return for information about Michael. Due to the car's destruction by Trapani (under orders from Detective Campbell) the department weren't able to convict Fredo. https://mafia.wikia.org/wiki/Fredo_Corleone?oldid=41521. Geary agrees to their terms. In the The Godfather II, Fredo is featured more prominently. As Fredo prays the Hail Mary (which he claimed brought him luck whilst fishing), Neri shoots him in the back of the head, not knowing that Anthony was watching from his bedroom window. Fredo's behavior in Vegas was considered embarrassing to the family, largely because of his notorious habit of impregnating showgirls and prostitutes. Cazale chose to continue acting despite having been diagnosed with lung cancer. An attempt is made on Michael's life. After the assassins left, instead of going for help, Fredo sat on the street and cried. Fredo, terrified, drops his gun, failing to return fire. Tom again got the charges dropped as self defense after paying off Marshall and the hotel.. While in Las Vegas, Fredo learns the casino trade and becomes acquainted with former hitman Moe Greene (Alex Rocco), who runs a major Vegas hotel that the Corleone family bankrolled. At their mother's funeral, and at their sister Connie's urging, Michael seemingly forgives Fredo; however, it is merely a ploy to draw Fredo in and have him killed. It includes explanations for some questions left open by the films, such as the details of Fredo's betrayal of Michael in The Godfather Part II, and how, as was revealed in The Godfather Part III, Anthony knew the truth about Fredo's death. He meets Marguerite "Rita" Duvall, who Johnny Fontane sent to his room as a prank. Fredo and Aldo Trapani in The Godfather: The Game. When Moe refused to sell out to Michael, Fredo attempted to defend Greene and was told never to side against the family again. While they were out, assassins shot the Don. Portrayed by In the final chapter of the book, Michael learns that Fredo had an illegitimate child with Michael's ex-girlfriend Rita Duvall (before Michael and Rita's relationship).