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 Guardia, Guardia scelta, brigadiere e marescialloroaring twentiesThe Honourable i. His last appearances are few carousels for a famous brand of Brandy (Vecchia 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 l'armata azzurradirected 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 Voglio vivere con Letizia, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1938 the levee, directed by Corrado D'errico

Ettore Fieramoscin1938, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1938 I figli del marchese Lucera, directed by Amleto Palermi

1938 Invent love, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1939 Un avventura di Salvator Rosa, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1940 a romantic adventure, directed by Mario Camerini

1940 La peccatrice, by Amleto Palermi

1940 Melodie eterne, directed by Carmine Gallone

1940 's dream, directed by Oreste Biancoli

1941 La corona di ferro, directed by Alessandro Blasetti

1941 I promessi sposi, 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 Quattro passi fra le nuvole, regia di Alessandro Blasetti

1942 Gente dell’aria, regia di Esodo Pratelli

1943 T’amerò sempre, regia di Mario Camerini

1944 La locandiera, regia di Luigi Chiarini

1945 Vivere ancora, regia di Nino Giannini e Leo Longanesi

1945 Quartetto pazzo, regia di Guido Salvini

1945 Che distinta famiglia!, regia di Mario Bonanrd

1945 Lo sbaglio di essere vivo, regia di Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia

1945 Le miserie del Signor Travet, regia di Mario Soldati

1946 Tristi amori, regia di Carmine Gallone

1946 Malia, regia di Giuseppe Amato

1946 Un uomo ritorna, regia di Max Neufeld

1946 La locandiera, regia di Luigi Chiarini

1946 Umanità, regia Jack Salvatori 

1946 Aquila nera, regia di Riccardo Fredda

1946 L’angelo e il diavolo, regia di Mario Camerini

1947 Cronaca nera, regia di Giorgio Bianchi

1947 Furia, regia di Goffredo Alessandrini

1947 Daniele Cortis, regia di Mario Soldati

1948 Anna Karenina, regia Julien Duvivier

1949 Fabiola, regia di Alessandro Blasetti

1949 Guglielmo Tell, regia di Giorgio Pastina

1949 La fiamma che non si spegne, regia di Vittorio Cottafavi

1949 La sposa non può attendere, regia di Gianni Franciolini

1949 Yvonne la nuit, regia di Giuseppe Amato

1950 Donne senza nome, regia Gèza Von Radvànyi

1950 La scogliera del peccato, regia di Roberto Bianchi Montero 

1950 Sigillo rosso, regia di Flavio Calzavarra

1951 Il caimano del Piave, regia di Giorgi Bianchi

1951 Il Cristo Proibito, regia Curzio Malaparte

1951 Cameriera bella presenza offresi… regia di Giorgio Pastina

1951 O.K. Nerone, regia di Mario Soldati

1952 Buongiorno, elefante ! regia di Gianni Franciolini

1952 Don Camillo, regia di Julien Duvivier

1952 M oglie per una notte, regia di Mario Camerini

1952 Tre storie proibite, regia di Augusto Genina

1952 La regina di Saba, regia di Pietro Francisci

1953 La signora senza camelie, regia di Michelangelo Antonioni

1953 Stazione Termini, regia di Vittorio De Sica

1953 Il ritorno di Don Camillo, regia di Julien Duvivier

1953 Nerone e Messalina, regia di Primo Zeglio

1953 Addio, mia bella signora!, regia di Fernando Cerchio

1953 La cavallina storna, regia di Giulio Morelli

1953 Fate largo di moschettieri ! regia di Andrè Hunebelle

1953 La signora dalla camelie, regia Raymond Bernard

1954 Maddalena, regia di Augusto Genina

1954 Il Cardinale Lambertini, regia di Giorgio Pastina

1954 Una donna libera, regia di Vittorio Cottafavi

1954 La grande avventura, regia di Mario Pisu

1955 Non c’è amore più grande, regia di Giorgio Bianchi

1955 Don Camillo e l’onorevole Peppone, regia di Carmine Gallone

1955 Frou – Frou, regia di Augusto Genina

1955 Gli innamorati, regia di Mauro Bolognini

1955 Il coraggio, regia di Domenico Paolella

1956 Guardia, Guardia, scelta, brigadiere e maresciallo, regia di Mauro Bolognini

1956 Moglie e buoi, regia di Leonardo De Mitri

1957 Amore e chiacchiere, regia di Alessandro Blasetti

1957 Agguato a Tangeri, regia di Riccardo Fred 

1958 Senza famiglia, regia di Andrè Michel

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

1958 Gli amanti del deserto, directed by Fernando Cerchio e Gianni Vernuccio

1959 Nel segno di Roma, directed by Guido Brignone

1959 Us gangsters, directed by Henri Verneuil

1959 the Goons of Hitler, directed by Ralph Habib

1959 Brevi amori a Palma Majorca, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

the siege of Syracuse1960, directed by Pietro Francisci

1960 the mystery of three continents, directed by William Dieterle

1960 La lunga notte del ' 43, directed by Florestano Vancini

1960 the Olympics of husbands, directed by Giorgio Bianchi

1960 Femmine di lusso, 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 La monaca di 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 La smania addosso, directed by Marcello Andrei

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

1963 Mr, directed by Sergio Corbucci

1963 King and Monseigneur, directed by Pierre Chevalier

1964 Becket, directed by Peter Glenville

1964 and woman created man, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque

1965 thel 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 Sassafras directed by Sandro Bolchi

1970 Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggii

1972 Brother Thief, directed by Pino Tosini

1972 silent killing, directed by Giuseppe Rolando

1973 Racconti romani of a former novice, directed by Pino Tosini


He voiced


Clark Gable in Happens one night, Frank Capra

William Powell 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 La fortuna di essere donna




It is also the narrator of Italian films Spell (olive), Buongiorno, elefante!, the naked citythe ten commandments, the old man and the sea, the King of Rei, Citizen Kane 





Mauro Mancinotti, an actor for friend, tribute to Gino Cervi, Municipality of Borgio Verezzi, Borgio Verezzi, 1999


Andrea Maioli, Rino Maenza, Bucks 100. Peppone, Maigret and the others, Medianova, Bologna 2001


Andrea Daniels, mark Biggio, Gino Cervi, leading actor of the ' 900 ERGA, editions, Genoa, 2002


Roberta Ascarelli, Cervi, Gino in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, vol. 24, Roma, Istituto dell'enciclopedia Italiana, 1980