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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 case of the Baroness of Carini was 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 The 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.





1946/ An American on holiday, directed by Luigi Zampa 

1947/ The city of the Boys, directed by Luigi Comencini 

1947/ Christmas at Campo 119, directed by Pietro Francisci

1948/ Forbidden to steal, directed by Luigi Comencini 

1949/ Emigrantes, directed by Aldo Fabrizi 

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

1952/ Tico-Tico no Fubà, directed by Adolfo Celi 

1964/ 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 

1965/ 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 

1966/ Yankee, directed by Tinto Brass 

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

1966/ Grand Prix, directed by John Frankenheimer 

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

1967/ All mad Less, directed by Philippe de Broca 

1967/ Ok Connery, directed by Alberto De Martino 

1967/  Masquerade

1967/ Shooting on the score 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 

1968/ 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 

1969/ 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/ Emmanuelle, directed by Cesare Canevari 

1969/ In search of Gregory, directed by Peter Wood 

1970/ 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

1971/ A decent case chica, directed by Germàn Lorente 

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

1972/ 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

1973/ 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 

1974/ 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

1975/ Libera, My Love, directed by Mauro Bolognini 

1975/ My Friends, directed by Mario Monicelli 

1975/ Like a rose nose, directed by Franco Rossi

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

1976/ The wife of my Father, directed by Andrea Bianchi

1976/ The renter, 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/ The Genio, directed by Claude Pinoteau 

1977/ 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

1978/ Le pants of the master, directed by Flavio Mogherini

1978/ Investigation of a crime prefect, directed by Giuseppe Rosati 

1978/ Professor Kranz, German of Germany, directed by Luciano Salce 

1980/ Cafè Express, directed by Nanni Loy 

1981/ Amorous Madman, directed by Castellano and Pipolo 

1982/ Monsignor, directed by Frank Perry

1982/ My friends, Atto II, directed by Mario Monicelli 

1984/ Cinderella ' 80, directed by Roberto Malenottti 

1985/ The invisible player, directed by Sergio Genni 

1985/ My friends, Atto III, directed by Nanni Loy 



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