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Sonofabitch! Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!
~ Moe Greene

Moe Greene was a secondary antagonist from the movie The Godfather. He was a mobster who ran Las Vegas based casinos.

At a young age Greene became associated with Hyman Roth. Greene found a small town called Las Vegas in the Nevada desert that he developed into a gambling destination, bring in a lot of money for organized crime.

After Michael Corleone killed Virgil Sollozzo and the corrupt police Captain McCluskey Fredo Corleone was sent to Las Vegas to learn the casino business from Moe Greene. Arriving in Las Vegas Fredo soon became more interested in womanizing, angering Greene, who later admitted he slapped Fredo around.

When Michael took over the Corleone Family from his father Vito, he decided to move the family to Las Vegas and to buy out Greene. Greene was not happy with this and refused to sell to Corleone. When Fredo attempted to defend Greene to Michael, Michael coldly told him to never take sides against the family again.

In the days following the death of Vito Corleone someone shot Moe Greene through his eye while he was getting a massage. Roth decided to kill Michael Corleone in revenge, even though he publicly claimed that Greene was a hothead and that this was only business.

Trivia

  • The character of Moe Greene was portrayed by the late Alex Rocco (1936-2015).
  • In the novel Moe Greene was killed by Al Neri, who "made his bones" by carrying out this hit. Neri then killed Emilio Barzini upon his return from Vegas. In the movie it was an anonymous gunman who killed Greene, with Neri killing Barzini while disguised as a police officer.

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