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Luigi Cervi, alias Gino Cervi

Bologna, 3 December 1901,-Punta Ala, 3 January 1974



Son of the theatre critic Antonio Cervi, was born in the historic bolognese boxing day. Since I was a child, fell in love with the theatre. Tall, robust, endowed with good looks and gentlemanly ways. His artistic career began in 1924 by Alda Borelli in the film the Virgin crowds, by Henri Diamant Berger. In 1925 is named as first actor from Luigi Pirandello in the company of the Teatro d'Arte in Rome, next to the first actors Marta Abba, Lamberto Picasso and Ruggero Ruggeri, playing six characters in search of an author (the son), work with which he tour in Paris, London, Basel, Berlin. In 1928 he knows the young actress Angela Rosa Gordini, whom he married shortly thereafter, since their marriages was born his son Antonio said Tonino, future Director and film producer. Quickly gets a great success, so much so that within ten years he worked with the most famous Italian companies, before becoming first player in company Tofano – Maltagliati. The deep voice and striking and naturalness of acting make it one of the most appreciated interpreters of Goldoni, Sophocles, Dostoevsky, and especially of Shakespeare, which will be a memorable interpreter of Otello, and which will speak for the character of Hamlet in the film version starring Laurence Olivier. In 1938, along with Andreina Pagnani, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, establishes the company's activism, Teatro Eliseo in Rome, which will take over in 1939. Also in 1939 is Thyrsis in Amita (rate) directed by Renato Simoni and Corrado Pavolini with Morelli Pagnani, Micaela Giustiniani, Rossano Brazzi, Danny S, Carlo Ninchi, Aroldo Tieri and Annibale Ninchi to the garden and the Boboli Gardens in Florence. In the 1950s, comes the extraordinary success with the interpretation of the hit series of films dedicated to literary figures of Giovanni Guareschi, in which he plays Mayor emiliano Peppone. The film series will be no less than five (the first, Don Camillo, of 1952, directed by Julien Duvivier) and see Deer next to Don Camillo played superbly from French Fernandel. Guareschi, deer, and Fernandel became very good friends and the two actors were witnesses to the marriage of Carlotta Guareschi, daughter of the writer. The artistic and personal relationship between the two actors was so deep that when Fernandel died during the making of the sixth film in the saga of Don Camillo), Gino Cervi refused to continue the work. In fact, subsequent acts were filmed with other actors.

The successful series of Don Camillo reveals the qualities of deer also as a brilliant actor in the genre of comedy. Will follow as well, until the early 1960s, other films that belong to the genre of commedia all'italiana, as Guard, Guard, Brigadier and Marshalroaring twentiesThe Honourable

His last appearances are few carousels for a famous brand of Brandy ( Old Romagna ), which had advertised for years with the slogan; "Bandy which creates the atmosphere" slogan designed by Marcello Marchesi, these carousels aired until a few days before his death, he was initiated into Freemasonry in 1946 in the lodge "Paligenesi" in Rome, a member of the obedience of Grand Lodge in Italy the Alam. Gino Cervi dies at the age of seventy-two years due to pulmonary edema.





1932/ The blue army directed by Gennaro Righelli

1934/ Frontiers, by Mario Carafoli and Cesare Meano

1935/ Love, directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

1935/ Aldebraran, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1936/ The two sergeants, directed by Enrico Guazzoni

1937/ Men are not ungrateful, directed by Guido Brignone

1937/ I want to live with Letizia, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1938/ The levee, directed by Corrado D'errico

1938/ Ettore Fieramosca, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1938/ The sons of the Marquis Lucera, directed by Amleto Palermi

1938/ Invent love, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1939/ An Adventure by Salvator Rosa, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1940/ A romantic adventure, directed by Mario Camerini

1940/ The Sinner, by Amleto Palermi

1940/ Eternal melodies, directed by Carmine Gallone

1940/ 's dream, directed by Oreste Biancoli

1941/ The Iron Crown, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1941/ The Promised Newlyweds, directed by Mario Camerini

1942/ The last goodbye, directed by Ferruccio Cerio

1942/ The Queen of Navarre, directed by Carmine Gallone

1942/ Don Cesare di Bazan, directed by Riccardo Freda

1942/ Spring Waters, by Nunzio Malasomma

1942/ Fourth page, directed by Nicola Manzari

1942/ Four steps in the clouds, regia di Alessandro Blasetti

1942/ Air people,  directed by Esodo Pratelli

1943/ I will always love you,  directed by  Mario Camerini

1944/ The Inn,  directed by Luigi Chiarini

1945/ Living again,  directed by Nino Giannini e Leo Longanesi

1945/ Crazy Quartet,  directed by Guido Salvini

1945/ What a distinguished family!,  directed by Mario Bonanrd

1945/ The mistake of being alive,  directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

1945/ Mr. Travet's miseries,  directed by Mario Soldati

1946/ Sad loves, directed by Carmine Gallone

1946/ Malia,  directed by Giuseppe Amato

1946/ A Man Returns, directed by Max Neufeld

1946/ The Inn,  directed by Luigi Chiarini

1946/ Humanity,  directed by Jack Salvatori 

1946/ Black Eagle, directed by Riccardo Fredda

1946/ The Angel and the Devil, directed by Mario Camerini

1947/ Black Chronicle directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1947/ Furia, directed by Goffredo Alessandrini

1947/ Daniele Cortis, directed by Mario Soldati

1948/ Anna Karenina, directed by  Julien Duvivier

1949/ Fabiola,  directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1949/ Guglielmo Tell,  directed by  Giorgio Pastina

1949/ The flame that does not extinguish, directed by Vittorio Cottafavi

1949/ The bride can't wait, direct by  regia di Gianni Franciolini

1949/ Yvonne la nuit, direct by Giuseppe Amato

1950/ Unnamed women, direct by  Gèza Von Radvànyi

1950/ The Cliff of Sin, direct by  Roberto Bianchi Montero 

1950/ Red seal, direct by  Flavio Calzavarra

1951/ The Caiman of the Piave, direct by Giorgi Bianchi

1951/ The Forbidden Christdirect by Curzio Malaparte

1951/ Waitress beautiful presence offers you... , direct by  Giorgio Pastina

1951/ O.K. Nerone, direct by Mario Soldati

1952/ Good morning, elephant! direct by  Gianni Franciolini

1952/ Don Camillo, direct by  Julien Duvivier

1952/ Wife for one night, direct by Mario Camerini

1952/ Three Forbidden Stories, direct by Augusto Genina

1952/ The Queen of Shesaba, direct by Pietro Francisci

1953/ The Lady Without Camellias, direct by Michelangelo Antonioni

1953/ Station Terms,  direct by Vittorio De Sica

1953/ The Return of Don Camillo, direct by  Julien Duvivier

1953/ Nero and Messalina, direct by Primo Zeglio

1953/ Goodbye, my beautiful lady!, direct by Fernando Cerchio

1953/ The horse's back, direct by Giulio Morelli

1953/ Make way for musketeers!, direct by Andrè Hunebelle

1953/ The Lady from the Camellias, direct by Raymond Bernard

1954/ Maddalena, direct by Augusto Genina

1954/ Cardinal Lambertini, direct by Giorgio Pastina

1954/ A free woman, direct by Vittorio Cottafavi

1954/ The Great Adventure, direct by Mario Pisu

1955/ There is no greater love, direct by  Giorgio Bianchi

1955/ Don Camillo and Mr Peppone, direct by Carmine Gallone

1955/ Frou – Frou, direct by Augusto Genina

1955/ Lovers, direct by Mauro Bolognini

1955Courage, direct by Domenico Paolella

1956/ Guard, Guard, Choice, Brigadier and Marshal, direct by Mauro Bolognini

1956/ Wife and oxen, direct by Leonardo De Mitri

1957/ Love and chatter, direct by Alessandro Blasetti

1957/ Ambush in Tangier, direct by  Riccardo Fred 

1958/ No family, direct by Andrè Michel

1958/ La maja desnuda, directed by Henry Koster and Mario Russo

1958/ Desert lovers, directed by Fernando Cerchio e Gianni Vernuccio

1959/ In the sign of Rome, directed by Guido Brignone

1959/ Us gangsters, directed by Henri Verneuil

1959/ The Goons of Hitler, directed by Ralph Habib

1959/ Short loves in Palma Majorca, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1960/ The siege of Syracuse, directed by Pietro Francisci

1960/ The mystery of three continents, directed by William Dieterle

1960/ The Long Night of ' 43, directed by Florestano Vancini

1960/ The Olympics of husbands, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1960/ Luxury females, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1960/ The slave rebellion, by Nunzio Malasomma

1961/ That Joie de vivre, directed by Rene Clèment

1961/ A son today, directed by Brian Gardner and Marino Girolami

1961/ Don Camillo: Monsignor! not too, directed by Carmine Gallone

1961/ Yeomen, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1962/ Ten Italians for a German, (Via Rasella), directed by Filippo Walter Ratti

1962/ Roaring years, directed by Luigi Zampa

1962/ The Nun of Monza, directed by Carmine Gallone

1962/ Crime does not pay, directed by Gèrard Oury

1962/ The changing of the guard, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1963/ The shortest day, directed by Sergio Corbucci

1963/ Adventure at the motel, directed by Renato Polselli

1962/ The craving on you, directed by Marcello Andrei

1963/ The accusation of the past, directed by Lionello De Felice

1963/ King and Monseigneur, directed by Pierre Chevalier

1964/ Becket, directed by Peter Glenville

1964/ And woman created man, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1965/ The comrade Don Camillo, directed by Luigi Comencini

1966/  The others, and us, by Maurizio Arena

1966/ Maigret a Pigalle, directed by Mario Landi

1967/ The fugitive, directed by Daniele D'anza

1967/ Of the wind among the branches of the Sassafrasdirected by Sandro Bolchi

1970/ Don Camillo and today's youth

1972/ Brother Thief, directed by Pino Tosini

1972/ Silent killing, directed by Giuseppe Rolando

1973/ Roman tales of a former novice, directed by Pino Tosini


He voiced


Clark Gable in Happens one night, Frank Capra

William Powell in talking my man Godfrey  

Luis Trenker in Leaders

Michael Redgrave in Mourning becomes Electra

Orson Welles in Macbeth, Othello and David and Goliath

James Stewart in Harvey by Henry Koster

Laurence Olivier in Henry V, Hamlet, eyes that never smiled, Richard III

Alec Guinness in Brother Sun, sister moon by Franco Zeffirelli

Antonio Centa in Zazà

Charles Boyer, in The luck of being a woman