Don Francesco Ciccio is one of the two main antagonists of the universally acclaimed Academy-Award winning gangster film The Godfather: Part II.
He was portrayed by Giuseppe Sillato.
Francesco Ciccio ruled over the small Sicilian town of Corleone, the birthplace of Vito Andolini, who would later grow up to be Don Vito Corleone. Don Ciccio murdered Vito's father, Antonio Andolini, after the hot-headed Andolini refused to give tribute, which was seen as a great insult to the Don.
This act provoked Vito's brother, Paolo, to swear a vendetta against Ciccio. Ciccio then had Paolo killed during his father's funeral. His mother went to Ciccio to beg that he spare her only remaining son's life. Ciccio refused, fearing that he would grow up and seek vengeance on him. Signora Andolini grabbed the Don at knifepoint, allowing Vito to escape. Ciccio's bodyguard shot and killed her with a lupara. When word got out that Ciccio had put a price on Vito's head, Vito managed to escape to the United States with the help of friends.
More than 20 years later, a grown Vito, by that time known as Vito Corleone, exacted revenge on Don Ciccio. He murdered Ciccio's enforcers, Strollo and Mosca. He and Lionele Tommasino then arranged a meeting with Ciccio, ostensibly to get his blessing for Tommasino's joint venture with Vito's Genco Pura Olive Oil Company. Ciccio was impressed that Vito had taken the name of his hometown, and asked him the name of Vito’s father. When Ciccio couldn't make out what Vito said, he asked Vito to come closer. Vito then replied, "My father's name was Antonio Andolini--and this is for you!" He then stabbed Ciccio and carved his chest open, thus finally avenging the murder of his family. Tommasino, who was shot in the legs and crippled while they escaped, took over as Mafia chief of Corleone.