Ettore Castello was born on February 19, 1946 in Hazeltucky, Michigan. His father, Salvatore Castello (1914-1986), was the Hazeltucky Mafia Boss. In 1964, Ettore joined the Castello crime family. He made his bones in 1965 and became a made man. He later became a capo in 1966 and Underboss in 1968. When his father retired in 1973, Ettore took over as Don. He ordered the death of Royal Woods Archbishop Enzo Gabrielli by having him shot in the Vatican. He murdered Lynn Loud Sr.'s grandfather in 1980, and attempted a murder on future U.S. Senator Lucas Loud in 1998. In 2009, Castello ordered the death of Royal Woods Mafia Don Carmine Navarra by sending Benedetto DiVenere and Johnny Fiorentino to throw the rival Don out the suite of a hotel in Los Angeles, California.
The Loud Family
Castello and the Louds have a history. He was friends with Loud Industries CEO Richard Loud Jr. and Henry D. Loud III, the owner of Loud Financial. He was also friends with L. R. Loud. However, in 1998, the Louis betrayed the mob: Richard and L. R. testified against 40 of Ettore's henchmen, and Henry testified against members of the Gambino crime family. This made Castello very angry and he placed a contract on not only Richard Jr., L. R., Lucas, and Henry, he also placed contracts on various members of the Loud family.
Ties with the 'Ndrangheta
Castello made millions of dollars by allying himself and his family with the 'Ndrangheta, a criminal organization based in Calabria, Italy. He had close ties with infamous 'Ndrangheta boss Giuliano Gasparro, and together, they both did business in drug trafficking and extortion.
Marriage and children
In 1975, he married Elena Vaccara, a cousin of Paolo and Santino Vaccara. They have five children:
James Ettore "Jimmy" Castello (born May 31, 1976)
Eugenia Castello Molinari (born December 1, 1978)
Paul Vaccara Castello (born September 9, 1979)
Alfredo "Fredo" Castello (born April 17, 1981)
Vincent Castello (born June 29, 1984)
- James Ettore "Jimmy" Castello Jr. (born 2005)
- Henry Castello (born 2008)
- Charles Molinari (born 2009)
- Paul Castello Jr. (born 2011)
- Nicholas "Nicky" Castello (born 2012)
- Thomas "Tommy" Castello (born 2016)
- Francesca Castello (born 2010)
- Roberta Castello (born 2008)
- Diana Castello (born 2012)
Arrest and imprisonment
On June 22, 2016, Ettore Castello was arrested along with consigliere Bruno DiVenere, capos Benedetto DiVenere and Albert Magliano, and soldiers Alphonse Santoro, Tony Pavia, and Michael Galano and were all extradited to the United States to face trial for money laundering, tax evasion, drug trafficking, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, racketeering, extortion, bribery, and corruption. In exchange for immunity, Galano agreed to testify against Castello and the other defendants. Galano revealed that Castello was responsible for over 10 killings, including that of Cardinal Gabrielli, and Carmine Navarra. On June 27, Castello, Bruno DiVenere, Benedetto DiVenere, Magliano, Santoro, and Pavia were all convicted: Ettore and Magliano were sentenced to life in prison without parole. Bruno was sentenced to 20 years in prison, his brother Benedetto was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, and Santoro and Pavia were both given 30 year sentences. Ettore's son, Jimmy, later took over the family as acting Don.
At the time of his arrest, his net worth was $1.9 billion, he currently has that same amount.
Ettore is loving towards his family, especially his wife. However, he is very evil and ruthless towards his enemies and willing to murder anyone who gets in his way or messes with his family. He is shown to be very intelligent and able to plan things behind the scenes.
Ettore Castello is an elderly Italian-American male with white hair combed backwards and, like his voice actor, Robert De Niro, has a mole on his right cheek near his right eye. His hairstyle resembles the hairstyle of both Jimmy Conway from Goodfellas and Ace Rothstein from Casino. When he was younger, he had brown hair like the younger version of his voice actor, Robert De Niro. He wears a dark grey suit with a white collared shirt and a black tie and wears black shoes and carries a black walking cane with a gold handle. In his original design, His hairstyle resembles the hairstyle of Osvaldo Altobello from The Godfather Part III.
- Ettore Castello is based on Emilio Barzini, Licio Lucchesi, and Osvaldo Altobello from The Godfather franchise. All those characters are Paramount villains.
- Castello is also based on Al Capone, a real life mobster who happens to be another Paramount villain.