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Adolfo Celi

(Curcuraci 27 July 1922 – province of Messina)

Siena, February 1986)




 Son of Giuseppe Celi, prefect and Senator, and Juliana Mondello. Adolfo Celi grew up between Sicily and northern Italy; Among his residences there is also Padua. Thanks to an amateur camera given to him by his father, begins to experiment with various techniques of shooting. In 1942 he enrolled in the National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio D'Amico" in Rome. Here he meets Vittorio Gassman, Mario Landi and Vittorio Caprioli, who convey his passion for theatre and cinema. In 1946 is signed for the film an American on holiday Luigi Zampa, followed two years after forbidden to steal, Christmas at field 119, the same year receives a proposal from Aldo Fabrizi to participate in the film EmigrantesParty for Brazil with the cast of Emigrantes, falls in love with this land, so that he decides to stay for his next fifteen years, complicit the love for Tonia Carrero, who will be his wife from 1951 to 1963. In Brazil The couple is mainly engaged in theatre, founding with Paulo Autran the Teatro Brasilero de Comèdia in Sao Paulo and the Compagnia di prose Carrero-Celi-Autran; at the same time the film production Vera Cruz entrusts the Director of the film Caiçara and Tico-Tico no FubąIn a film career as a character actor begins Basile Celi appeared in the films The man from Rio; Agent 007-ThunderballBack in the early 1960s, is a movie very different from what he had left and booming. Will specialize in parts of the bad, whether Westerns or action, with some irony, in comedies, frequently playing evil characters or powerful. In 45 years is among the few actors who can recite in English too, and thanks to the skill and the professional preparation is hired as the lead and supporting actor in several films, including: the agony and the ecstasy; Gran Prix; Colonel Von Ryan;Masquerade; The Phantom of libertyIn 1969, the only Italian film directed by him, made with his fellow of Academy Luciano Lucignani, Vittorio Gassman and the autobiographical the AlibiIn Italy the pinnacle of success came when he joined the cast of the trilogy my friends in the role of Professor Sassaroli, a brilliant but bored by primary work that joins the merry "Gypsy" by a group of friends the Florentines.

In 1972 directed by Daniele Lanza plays the Nazi physician in the screenplay Rai il suspicion, in addition to dressing the role of the Italian-American policeman Joe Petrosino in the eponymous screenplay, while three years later he plays Don Mariano D'agrò in The bitter case of the Baroness of Cariniwas scripted. 

His face is fixed in the memory of the Italian public, however, with the participation in the television miniseries Sandokan, directed by Sergio Sollima, in which he plays the role of Lord James Brooke, arch-enemy of the Tiger of Mompracen, interpreted by Kabir Bedi. In 1981 he takes part in the English television historian I Borgia, in which he plays the part of Rodrigo Borgia, risen to the usual papal as Pope Alexander VI. Adolfo Celi was moved three times, with Tonia Carrero from 1951 to 1963, Marìlìa Branco from 1946 to 1965 and with Veronica Lazar from 1966 to 1986. With Veronica Lazar had two children: Alessandra, theatrical actress, television and film and Leonardo, author of the documentary Adolfo Celi, a man for two cultures, made in 2006 to remember the father twenty years after the disappearance and presented In 2008 at the Rome Film Festival in the context of the exhibition organized by the foundation of the show Adolfo Celi and the boys returned from BasileLeonardo Celi is married to the Brazilian Daniela Carrecas and is administrator of Celi film company based in Rome.





An American on holiday, directed by Luigi Zampa (1946)

The city of the Boys, directed by Luigi Comencini (1947)

Christmas at Campo 119, directed by Pietro Francisci (1947)

Forbidden to steal, directed by Luigi Comencini (1948)

Emigrantes, directed by Aldo Fabrizi (1949)

Caiçara, directed by Adolfo Celi, Tom Payne and John Waterhouse (1950)

Tico-Tico no Fubà, directed by Adolfo Celi (1952)

Le Belle Families, directed by Ugo Gregoretti (1964)

The man of Rio, directed by Philippe De Broca (1964)

Three nights of Love, directed by Renato Castellani, Luigi Comencini, and Franco Rossi (1964)

Il Colonel von Ryan, directed by Mark Robson (1965)

Robbery in the Sun, directed by Jaques DeRay (1965)

The Torment and Ecstasy, directed by Carol Reed (1965)

El Greco, directed by Luciano Salce (1965)

And a man came, directed by Ermanno Olmi (1965)

Yankee, directed by Tinto Brass (1966)

Le Pleasant Nights, directed by Armando Crispino and Luciano Lucignani (1966)

Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer (1966)

Master shot at the service of His Majesty Britannica, directed by Michele Lupo (1967)

All mad Less I, directed by Philippe de Broca (1967)

Ok Connery, directed by Alberto De Martino (1967)

Masquerade, (1967)

Trio a segno to kill, directed by Manfred R. Kohler (1967)

At any cost, directed by Giuliano Montaldo (1967)

The Magnificent Bobo (1967)

Death sentence, directed by Mario Lanfranchi (1967)

From the Ardennes to Hell, directed by Alberto De Martino (1967)

The woman, the Sex and the Superman, directed by Sergio Spina (1968)

A checkmate all Crazy, directed by Roberto Fizz (1968)

Death knocks twice, directed by Harald Philipp (1968)

Diabolik, directed by Mario Bava (1968)

Seven times, directed by Michele Lupo (1968)

L'alibi, directed by Adolfo Celi, Vittorio Gasman and Luciano Lucignani (1969)

The shot was perfect, but..., directed by Alf Kjellin (1969)

A detective, directed by Romolo Guerrieri (1969)

I, Emmanuelle, directed by Cesare Canevari (1969)

In search of Gregory, directed by Peter Wood (1969)

Appointment with Dishonor, directed by Adriano Bolzoni (1970)

Fragments of Fear, directed by Richard C. Sarafian (1970)

The man from Chicago, directed by Yves Boisset (1970)

Brancaleone at the Crusades, directed by Mario Monicelli (1970)

They have changed face, directed by Corrado Farina

A decent case chica, directed by Germàn Lorente (1971)

The terrifying murders of the assassins of the Via Morgue, directed by Gordon Hessler (1971)

The eye in the Labyrinth, directed by Mario Caiano (1972)

Third hypothesis on a case of perfect criminal strategy, directed by Giuseppe VARs (1972)

Brother Sun, Sister Luna, directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1972)

Who saw her die?, directed by Aldo Lado (1972)

Murdered in the park, directed by Alfonso Brescia (1972)

The long hand of The Godfather, directed by Nardo Bonomi (1972)

La mala Urine, directed by Fernando di Leo (1972)

La Holiday, directed by Marco Leto (1973)

Three for a great robbery, directed by Serge Leroy (1973)

The last 10 days of Hitler, directed by Ennio De Concini (1973)

The smile of the Great Tempter, directed by Damiano Damiani (1973)

Tlean Pizza, directed by Luigi Vanzi (1974)

... And then, there was none, directed by Peter Collinson (1974)

The seller of Balloons, directed by Mario Gariazzo (1974)

Libera, My Love, directed by Mauro Bolognini (1975)

My Friends, directed by Mario Monicelli (1975)

Like a rose nose, directed by Franco Rossi (1975)

Men You are born policemen you Die, directed by Ruggero Deodato (1976)

The wife of my Father, directed by Andrea Bianchi (1976)

L'affittacamere, directed by Mariano Laurenti (1976)

Horse Fever, directed by Steno (1976)

Ladies and gentlemen, Goodnight, directed by Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy, Luigi Magni, Monicelli, Ettore Scola (1976)

The next man, directed by Richard C. Sarfian (1976)

Genoa Hand-armed, directed by Mario Lanfranchi (1976)

Il Genio, directed by Claude Pinoteau (1976)

What night That night, directed by Ghigo De Chiara (1977)

Voyage of Fear, directed by Serge Leroy (1977)

The man of Corleone, directed by Duilio Coletti (1977)

Le pants del padrone, directed by Flavio Mogherini (1978)

Investigation of a crime prefect, directed by Giuseppe Rosati (1978)

Professor Kranz, German of Germany, directed by Luciano Salce (1978)

Cafè Express, directed by Nanni Loy (1980)

Amorous Madman, directed by Castellano and Pipolo (1981)

Monsignor, directed by Frank Perry (1982)

My friends, Atto II, directed by Mario Monicelli (1982)

Cinderella ' 80, directed by Roberto Malenottti (1984) 

The invisible player, directed by Sergio Genni (1985)

My friends, Atto III, directed by Nanni Loy (1985)



Movie Tv


1969 Operation Thief  (telefilm)

1970 Final match (TV movie)

1972 The suspect (TV screenwriter)

1972 Joe Petrosino (TV miniseries)

1975 The bitter case of the Bornessa of Carini

1976 Sandokan (TV series)

1979 The other Simenon (TV series)

1981 Borgia (TV series)

1982 La Jane Doe (TV series)

1982 The Guiding Eye (TV series)

1985 International Airport

1987 Two axles for a Turbo (TV series)



Was dubbed by:


Renato Turi in Yankee; Master shot at the service of his British majesty; From the Ardennes to hell;The woman, the Sex and the Superman; Death sentence; seven times seven; Death knocks twice; The long hand of The Godfather; Brother Sun, sister Luna; Bread butter and jam.

Roberto Villa in Murdered in the park; Appointment with Dishonor

Ubaldo Lay in Forbidden to steal

Manlio Busoni in Torment and ecstasy

Richard litter in Ok Connery

Arturo Dominici in Clean square

Glauco honored in Investigation on a perfect crime

Antonio Guidi in La mala order