- "I've probably forgotten more about this business than you'll ever learn."
- — Leone Galante
|Leone "Leo" Galante|
|Portrayed by||Frank Ashmore|
Leone "Leo" Galante is the Consigliere of the Vinci crime family, a close friend of Don Franco "Frank" Vinci, and a mentor figure to Vito Scaletta. He resides in a large mansion in Highbrook, Empire Bay.
Leone is an astute man with gray hair but should not be underestimated, despite his age. He is Sicilian-born, and has earned the nickname "The Lion". He previously spent some years behind bars in Sicily for murder and perjury, among other things. Leo arrived in Empire Bay in 1908, and built the Vinci syndicate alongside Franco Vinci by controlling the Southport docks in the 1920s, facilitating Prohibition alcohol smuggling. Leo currently resides in a palatial estate in the hills of Highbrook. Leo's known Vinci associates include Pepe Costa and Federico "Fat Derek" Pappalardo. As consigliere, he was important in mediating the negotiated peace that ended the Vinci-Moretti War.
At his introduction in 1945, he was serving a five-year sentence in prison for fixing fights, although despite this, he still continues to live the life of luxury due to his friendship with the prison Captain Terrance Stone. In prison, Leo was so impressed with Vito's raw fighting ability against a recently imprisoned Brian O'Neill, he accepted Vito into his circle as a sparring partner for his now bodyguard, Pepe. Vito soon proved to be the more capable earner and was put to work as an enforcer, killing Brian O'Neill helping settle Leo's affairs before his 1951 release. Once Leo was released from prison, he influenced the parole board to release Vito Scaletta four years ahead of sentence.
Shortly after his release, Leo continue to serve as consigliere and later convinced the Falcone crime family to "make" Vito into their family along with Joe Barbaro (Vito's best friend), he wanted to make Vito into the Vinci's but he didn't want to split Vito from Joe who had been working for the Falcone's for a while. Soon after Vito is made, Carlo Falcone decides to cover some illicit business by attempting to eliminate the Vinci's. Identifying Leone Galante as the brains of the Vinci operation, Falcone's first order in the vendetta is a hit on Leo. Eddie Scarpa tasks Henry Tomasino for the job when Vito declines. Viewing Leo as a father figure, Vito warns him of the incoming killer and attempts to sneak him out of his estate. Depending on the Player's actions, Leo is either caught by Henry and makes an undisclosed life-sparing deal with him, or escapes undetected via a bedsheet rope to the lawn. In either case, Vito then drives Leo to the train station in his pajamas, and Leo disappears from Empire Bay.
Leo returned from his exile in hopes of stopping the bloodshed between the Empire Bay Triads and the mafia families caused by Vito and Joe as revenge for the Triads killing Henry. It was decided that Don Falcone was to be eliminated because he poses as great a threat to them all, he then offered Vito a chance at redemption, by killing Falcone for starting the bloodshed in the first place. After Vito and Joe succeeded in killing Falcone, Leo awaited outside the Zavesky Observatory, along with Pepe and several Vinci soldiers. He then called for a celebration at the Cathouse. Leo and Pepe ride in the same car as Vito while Joe rides another car that would most likely take him to be killed elsewhere. Leo apologizes to Vito and claimed that Joe wasn't part of the deal.
- Genevieve Ferrari (mother)
- Michele Galante Sr. (father)
- Michele Galante Jr. (brother)
- Nunzio Galante (brother)
- Mrs. Galante (wife, deceased)
- His favourite color seems to be indigo, due to all his cars being indigo and even his tie being partly indigo.
- His favourite game seems to be chess, as said by prisoners in the jail that he and Vito shared.
- His fate in "Chapter 11: A Friend of Ours" is chosen by the player as Vito can either hide with Leo under the bed saying "It always works in the movies" or hiding in the closet, resulting in Henry finding them both and later agree on letting him off the hook. If Vito decides to move to the balcony, he will throw down some sheets as a rope and escape with Leo to the train station, if you decide to hide in the shower, Henry will say "You'll have to do better than that old man" and shoot, causing Vito to fall out dead. (You have to restart the mission).
- On their way to the train station, Leo says he is going to Lost Heaven to settle his "affairs".
- Frankie Potts' file on Leo claimed that he was unmarried, however this was untrue, he was indeed married however his wife had already passed away, so maybe they didn't know about this.
- Some of Leo's fighters inside the prison state that he was once a bare-knuckles fighter before becoming a famous prize-fighter.
- Even when he was in prison, he received special treatment from the guards and was well respected, such as getting a "suite" for a cell as Vito called it, being able to cook his own food, playing chess, and telling the guards to give Vito a day off.
- The "suite" in the prison as well as much of the cutscene, including Leone cooking pasta sauce and divulging previously unknown information to the "green member" of the family pays homage to the scene in "Goodfellas" when Paulie and Henry Hill are in prison together.
- Leo seems to bear a resemblance with his own voice actor Frank Ashmore or actor Henry Gibson, or Classical music conducter Herbert von Karajan.
- Leo lives in a large mansion in Highbrook.
- Leo is an extremely influential figure and holds a very esteemed position in the Mafia.
- Leo also has the nickname Uncle Leo, this is because he is a mentor to many Mafia up and comers such as Vito.
- His favorite plate number for his vehicles is SLIK8.
- He runs illegal betting shops. You find out when two prisoners talk about him being put in jail for being the biggest bookie in the city.