Hyman Roth (born Hyman Suchowsky) is a fictional character and the main antagonist in The Godfather Part II. He is also a minor character in the novel The Godfather Returns. Roth is a Jewish mobster and investor and a business partner of Vito Corleone, and later his son Michael Corleone. He is based on New York mobster Meyer Lansky and was played by Lee Strasberg in the movie. It was Al Pacino who suggested Strasberg for the role.