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Mario Adorf

Zurich, 8 December 1930



He was born in Zurich to Alice calabrese, a German nurse and the surgeon Adorf Matthew Menniti, Mario studied Borromean sisters, in 1950 he attended The University of Mainz. 

In 1953 he returned to Zurich to pursue their studies and here he began collaborating with the theatre Schauspielhaus in Zurich as a helper and Assistant Director. In 1954 he left University to study acting in the Munich Academy Otto Falkenberg .

From the same year he began to play regularly at the Kammerspiele Theater. After some minor parts in films, the role that does emerge is that of the psychopathic Killer in the film of Robert Siodmak Secret order of the Third Reich, the success of which causes to Adorf under negative roles in the years ahead.       

In 1961 Adorf, in addition to debut in French cinema with The spy of the century by Yves Ciampi begins in an Italian production in the film A Tiger Horse by Luigi Comencini, where is the violent Tagliabue; Despite the economic failure of the film, the role open to Adorf doors of Cinecittà, in which the actor will be a recurring presence extremely until 2000. In 1963 Adorf took part in the successful saga western Winnetou as a Villain, in the film the Valley of long knives. The same year there is a meeting between Adorf and Director Antonio Pietrangeli, who will exploit for two of his best known films, the visit and I Conoscevo WellThe ' 65 is the actor one of the most productive years, where will participate among others to the films Le Soldatesse Valeri Zurlini, Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee, Ten little Indians of George Pollock and international co-production The secret warThe following year the dingus Sciascilo in Operazione San Gennaro di Dino Risi, while in 1967 is the false Specter of Questi Fantasmi by Renato Castellani. In the next biennium interprets Two Spaghetti Westerns of some significance And the roof will be a starry sky and the specialistsIn 1969 she starred in the movie The red tent, starring alongside Sean Connery and Claudia Cardinale. In the 1970 's called by Dario Argento to recite the famous thriller The bird with the Crystal plumageBy 1972 Italian crime becomes an icon of Mario Adorf, in the same year appeared in the television program The adventures of Pinocchio, in the film When women lost their Tails by Pasquale Festa Campanile, takes part in The Polizia Ringrazia, films considered progenitor of the detective genre. In the early 1980s Adorf has a great chance to work, being called to join the cast of the film Fitzcarraldo directed by Werner Herzog; Also various important parts in some movies refuse Adorf as one, two, Three! Billy Wilder,The Godfather of Francis Ford Coppola and The wild bunch by Sam Peckinph, refused the part of General Mapache considering it too violent. Over the years Adorf embarked also as a singer, television host, author and dubber of cartoons. His first wife was actress Lis Verhoeven, this report was born the daughter Stella Adorf (actress). Mario remarried in 1985 with the former model Monique Faye, with which lived from the late 1960s. He lives in Mayen, a city that in 2001 awarded him an honorary citizen.Here Adorf spent most of his childhood and here every year the Burgfestpiele FestivalFrom 30 August 2004 is an honorary member of Alemannia Aachen. On 19 November 2010 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Mainz.




08/15, directed by Paul May (1954) 

The strange war of the Asch, directed by Paul May (1955)

Kirschen in Nachbars Garten, directed by Erich Engles (1956)

La Ragazza della Salina, directed by Frantisěk Čàp (1957)

Vater, Unser Bestes Stuck, directed by Gunther Luders (1957)

Secret order of the Third Reich, directed by Robert Siodmak (1957)

The prisoner of Stalingrad, directed by Gárdonyi von radványi (1958)

The girl Rosemarie, directed by Rolf Thiele (1958)

S.O.S. York!, directed by Georg Tressler (1958)

The devil kills so?, directed by Ger Oswald (1959)

Boomerang – even the young Kill, directed by Alfred Weidenmann (1960)

In the grip of the SS, directed by Roebrt Siodmak (1960)

Checkmate to madness, directed by Gerd Oswald (1960)

The spy of the century, directed by Yves Ciampi (1960)

Fever of Revolt, directed by Robert Hossein (1961)

A Tiger Horse, directed by Luigi Comencini (1961)

Lulu, the primitive love, directed by Rolf Thiele (1962)

The legend of Fra Diavolo, directed by Leopoldo Savona

Strasse der Verheissung, directed by Imo Moszkowicz (1962)

Sahara Outpost, directed by Seth Holt (1962)

Die Endlose Nacht, directed by Will Tremper (1963)

Luxury Horizontal, directed by Rolf Thiele (1963)

The Valley of the long knives, Director of Haral Reinl (1963)

The visit, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1963)

The long road of vengeance, directed by Rolf Olsen (1964)

Hamburg homicide squad, directed by Jurgen Roland (1964)

The conquest of Arkansas, directed by Paul Martin (1964)

Sierra Charriba, directed by Sam Peckinph (1965)

The secret war, directed by Christian-Jaque and Werner Klinger (1965)

Ten little Indians, directed by George Pollock (1965)

The Soldiers, directed by Valerio Zurlini (1965)

I knew her well, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1965)

Big Shot at Galata Street, directed by Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (1965)

Operation San Gennaro, directed by Dino Risi (1966)

Jessy doesn't forgive ... Kills, by Jaime Jesús Balcàzar (1966)

These ghosts, directed by Renato Castellani (1967)

Una Rosa per Tutti, directed by Franco Rossi  (1967)

The gentle Ladies, directed by Luigi Zampa (1967)

... And the roof will be a starry sky, directed by Giulio Petroni (1968)

The specialists, directed by Sergio Corbucci (1969)

The red curtain, directed by Mikhail Kalazotozishvili (1969)

The bird from the Crystal plumage, directed by Dario Argento (1970)

The case Private Venus, directed by Yves Boissett (1970)

Three Duel, directed by Roland Kick  (1970)

The Archer of fire, directed by Giorgio Ferroni  (1971)

An eel from 300 million, directed by Salvatore Samperi (1971)

Short night of glass dolls, directed by Aldo Lado (1971)

When women lost their Tail, directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile (1972)

Milan Calibre 9, directed by Ferdinando Di Leo (1972)

La Mala Ordina, directed by Fernando di Leo (1972)

Violence: Fifth Power, directed by Florestano Vancini (1972)

The Matteotti Murder, by Florestano Vancini (1973)

The trip to Vienna, directed by Edgar Reitz (1973)

Brigitte, Laura, Ursula, Monica, Raquel, Litz, Florinda, Barbara, Claudia and Sophie and I call them All ... My soul, directed by Maruvo Ivaldi (1974)

Police ask for help, directed by Massimo Dallaman (1974)

Process for Direct, directed by Lucio De Caro (1974)

The Snag, directed by Peter Fleischmann (1975)

The case of Katharina Blum  (1975)

A dog's heart, directed by Alberto Lattuada (1976)

I am afraid, directed by Damiano Damiani  (1977)

A year of school, directed by Franco Giraldi (1977)

Fedora, directed by Billy Wilder (1978)

The Tin Tambira (1979)

Disobedience, directed by Aldo Lado  (1981)

Lola, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1981)

Invitation au voyage, directed by Peter Del Monte (1982)

Stay Good If You Can, directed by Luigi Magni (1983)

Class relation, directed by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

The return of the Eagles (1985)

Momo, directed by Johannes Schaap (1986)

Mino-Il Piccolo Alpino, directed by Gianfranco Albano (1986)

Italian night, directed by Carlo Mazzacurat (1987)

I'm going to get my Cat, directed by Giuliano Biagetti (1987)

The Boys of Via Panisperna, directed by Gianni Amelio (1988)

Francis, directed by Liliana Cavani (1989)

Parlour game, directed by Nanni Loy (1989)

If you like ... Go, directed by Guy Hamilton (1989)

My dear doctor Directed, directed by Roberto Faenza (1990)

Alleged Violent, directed by Georges Lautner (1990)

Quiet days in Clichy, directed by Claude Chabrol (1990)

Pizza Colonia, directed by Klaus Emmerich (1991)

Abyssinia, directed by Francis Ranieri Martinotti (1993)

Smilla's sense of snow, directed by Bille August (1997)





The adventures of Pinocchio, by Luigi Comencini

Olga and her children, directed by Salvatore Nocita

La Piovra 4, directed by Luigi Perelli

Fantaghirò, directed by Lamberto Bava

A man of respect, directed by Damiano Damiani

Fantaghirò 2, directed by Lamberto Bava

The return of little Lord Fauntleroy, directed by Giorgio Capitani

Fly Sciusciù, directed by Joseph Sargent

The Boys of the Pal Way, directed by Maurizio Zaccaro



He was voiced by



Pino Locchi in The female soldiers; The Red Tent; Police Thank You; I'm Scared

Gianni Musy in Short night of glass dollsFantaghirò 1-2

Stefano Satta Flores in Milan Calibre 9; La Mala Orders

Mario Feliciani in A Tiger Horse

Alexander Salih in The secret war

Carlo Croccolo in Operation San Gennaro

Adriano Micantoni in The bird with the Crystal plumage

Glauco Onorato in The Archer to Fire

Ivo Garrani in Montessori

Giampiero Albertini in Police ask for help

Silvio Spaccessi in Dog Hearts

Omero Antonutti in Disobedience

Renato Mori in The return of the EaglesOlga and her children

Sergio Fiorentini in Mino – the little Alpine

Giuseppe Rinaldi in I'm going to get the cat

Bruno Alexander in Smilla's sense of snow

Aldo Giuffrè in specialists; ... Roof and a starry sky

Michele Gammino in Francis

Luciano De Ambrosis in Major Dundee