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Godfather singer Al Martino dies at 82

india Updated: Oct 14, 2009 15:39 IST

The singer who played the role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather has died at his childhood home in suburban Philadelphia.

Publicist Sandy Friedman says Al Martino died Tuesday afternoon in Springfield, in Delaware County. He was 82.

Starting in 1952, Martino was known for hit songs including Here in My Heart, Spanish Eyes, Can't Help Falling in Love and Volare.

Besides acting in the Marlon Brando classic The Godfather, he sang the 1972 film's title score, The Love Theme From The Godfather. His Fontane character is a Frank Sinatra-type singer and occasional actor.

Martino was born in South Philadelphia as Alfred Cini. He was a longtime resident of Beverly Hills, California.