Mario Puzo was a successful author, journalist, and screenwriter who was born on October 15, 1920. Puzo is best known for creating the most popular crime novel about the Italian-American and Sicilian Mafia. Among his most famous books is The Godfather, which Francis Coppola later adapted into a successful film franchise. Mario received numerous awards for his work, and one of them is the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the first Godfather film in 1972.

Aside from creating one of the most recognizable Mafia franchises in the entertainment industry, Puzo received credit for writing the screenplay for the 1978 Superman film. Without a doubt, Puzo was one of the most prolific screenwriters in Hollywood during his time. He’s managed to accumulate a $20 million fortune at the time of his passing in 1999. We certainly won’t forget Mario Puzo’s legacy and contributions to the entertainment industry!