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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 Operation San Gennaro di Dino Risi, while in 1967 is the false Specter of These Ghosts 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.




1954/ 08/15, directed by Paul May 

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

1956/ Kirschen in Nachbars Garten, directed by Erich Engles

1957/ The Salina Girl, directed by Frantisěk Čàp

1957/ Vater, Unser Bestes Stuck, directed by Gunther Luders 

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

1958/ 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 

1959/ The devil kills so?, directed by Ger Oswald 

1960/ 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 

1961/ Fever of Revolt, directed by Robert Hossein 

1961/ A Tiger Horse, directed by Luigi Comencini 

1962/ Lulu, the primitive love, directed by Rolf Thiele 

1962/ The legend of Fra Diavolo, directed by Leopoldo Savona

1962/ Strasse der Verheissung, directed by Imo Moszkowicz 

1962/ Sahara Outpost, directed by Seth Holt 

1963/ 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 

1964/ 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 

1965/ 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 

1966/ Operation San Gennaro, directed by Dino Risi 

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

1967/ These ghosts, directed by Renato Castellani 

1967/ A Rose for All, directed by Franco Rossi  

1967/ The gentle Ladies, directed by Luigi Zampa 

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

1969/ The specialists, directed by Sergio Corbucci 

1969/ The red curtain, directed by Mikhail Kalazotozishvili 

1970/ 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  

1971/ 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 

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

1972/ Milan Calibre 9, directed by Ferdinando Di Leo 

1972/ Mala Order, directed by Fernando di Leo 

1972/ Violence: Fifth Power, directed by Florestano Vancini 

1973/ The Matteotti Murder, by Florestano Vancini 

1973/ The trip to Vienna, directed by Edgar Reitz 

1974/ 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 

1975/ The Snag, directed by Peter Fleischmann 

1975/ The case of Katharina Blum 

1976/ A dog's heart, directed by Alberto Lattuada 

1977/ I am afraid, directed by Damiano Damiani 

1977/ A year of school, directed by Franco Giraldi 

1978/ Fedora, directed by Billy Wilder (1978/

1979/ The Tin Tambira 

1981/ Disobedience, directed by Aldo Lado  

1981/ Lola, directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder 

1982/ Invitation au voyage, directed by Peter Del Monte 

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

1983/ Class relation, directed by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

1985/ The return of the Eagles 

1986/ Momo, directed by Johannes Schaap 

1986/ Mino-The Little Alpine, directed by Gianfranco Albano 

1987/ Italian night, directed by Carlo Mazzacurat 

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

1988/ The Boys of Via Panisperna, directed by Gianni Amelio

1989/ Francis, directed by Liliana Cavani 

1989/ Parlour game, directed by Nanni Loy

1989/ If you like ... Go, directed by Guy Hamilton 

1990/ My dear doctor Directed, directed by Roberto Faenza 

1990/ Alleged Violent, directed by Georges Lautner 

1990/ Quiet days in Clichy, directed by Claude Chabrol 

1991/ Pizza Cologne, directed by Klaus Emmerich 

1993/ Abyssinia, directed by Francis Ranieri Martinotti 

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





The adventures of Pinocchio, by Luigi Comencini

Olga and her children, directed by Salvatore Nocita

The Rain 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