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Mario Puzo

Age: 78

author who penned The Godfather, a bestseller that would later be made into one of the most popular movies of all-time. He also wrote the follow-up novels in the Godfather trilogy and several other books and screenplays. Puzo denied having any ties to the Mafia scene about which he so convincingly wrote.

Died: Bay Shore, N.Y., July 2, 1999

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