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Ferdinando "Nando" Gaines

Savona, 16 October 1926 – Nepi, 16 November 2015



Son of actor and radio announcer and voice actor Lauro Gazzolo Aida Ottaviani Small, older brother of actor Virge Gaines and father of actor Matthew Gaines, after its debut very young on the radio debuted in theater at the age of twenty, in 1948, with Antonio Gandusio and achieves success in Antony and Cleopatra by Renzo Ricci in 1951.

In 1954 she plays Horatio in Hamlet, staged by Gassman and Italian art theatre Squarzina. In addition to the theatre, from the mid-1950s he worked for the voice acting and in the following year he began a brilliant career. With television the conquest a wider popularity by tying his face and his extraordinary voice interpretation of several drama series such as Capitan Fracassa in 1958, the Citadel in 1964 and Vanity Fair in 1967, directed by Anton Giulio Majano. His debut in cinema is in 1961 with the film historian Constantine the great, followed by other film roles. Intense cinematic dubbing work is lending his voice to prestigious performers such as David Niven, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Laurence Olivier, Clint Eastwood and many others. 

In 1963 is the narrator of The Mill of the Po, television drama by Sandro Bolchi and that same year he participated in the show singing A disco per l'estate. In 1968 is the star of the hit television series on Sherlock HolmesIn 1971 is Thomas in scripted Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann, directed by Edmo Fenoglio; During the same period, and for several years, is the testimonial of a drink liqueur essence in commercials for Carousel. In the 1980s she participated as a storyteller to Storyteller, collection of children's tales read by the best actors and references. In parallel to his work in television has continued acting on stage in a repertoire of classical, mostly Theatre directed by directors such as Walter Pagliaro, Mario Ferrero, Dario Fo, Orazio Costa, Gabriele Lavia, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sandro Sequi. Among the memorable theatrical productions (but thwarted) that in 1976 the play by Dario Fo Who steals a foot is lucky in love.

In addition to the plays, he read works of poets such as D'Annunzio, García Lorca, leopards, Neruda, Montale, Quasimodo, Ungaretti, Pasolini, Pastures, Saba. Since 2002 works on the realization of a series of CDs containing a wide selection of pieces of prose and poetry. Among the most recent works in theatre, on Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson in 2003, Dresser by Ronald Harwood in 2006 and the surly beneficor in 2007.

He also participated in the famous Carousel advertising television program into three series: lending his voice in episode advertising in favor of Gruppo Finanziario Tessile, between 1972 and 1976; In episode Poems of all time and then more Traditional customer, aired cycles between 1965 and 1976, to advertise the Illva Saronno Amaretto, and the first year of life (voice) for the society of the Plasmon, in 1970. Nando Gazzolo turns off the 16 November 2015 at a clinic in Moscow, where he was sick for a week.


«Gail was hospitalized-explains the family-for the overall worsening of conditions following a hip fracture than five years ago. "




1960/ Constantine the great, directed by Lionello De Felice

1963/ Jeff Gordon, the demon detective, directed by Raoul André

1963/ Toto and Cleopatra, directed by Fernando Cerchio

1964/ The Pirates of Malaysia, directed by Umberto Lenzi

1964/ The revolt of the seven, directed by Alberto De Martino

1966/ A river of dollars, directed by Carlo Lizzani

1967/ Django shoots first, directed by Alberto De Martino

1967/ Upperseven, the man to kill, directed by Alberto De Martino

1970/ A case of conscience, directed by Giovanni Grimaldi

1991/ Angels in the South, directed by Massimo Scaglione

1998/ Disappeared, directed by Claudio Bonivento

2000/ La rentrée, directed by Franco Angeli

2001/ South Seas, directed by Marcello Cesena

2010/ The subtle charm of sin, directed by Franco Salvia





1957/ The miser, directed by Vittorio Cottafavi

1958/ Capitan Fracassa, directed by Anton Giulio Majano

1958/ Antigone  

1959/ Family process

1960-1961/ Lt. Sheridan

1962/ M for murder, directed by Vittorio Cottafavi

1962/ Grudge

1963/ Trial of Jesus

1963/ The Mill of the Po

1963/ Scarf, directed by Guglielmo Morandi

1964/ The Citadel

1964/ Last Boheme

1965/ Medea

1965/ The reason other

1965/ The flower under the eyes

1965/ Tonight talk about Mark Twain

1966/ Corruption at the Palace of Justice, directed by Ottavio Spadaro

1966/ Oblomov

1967/ The process of Savona

1967/ Dossier Mata Hari

1967/ Vanity Fair  

1968/ The last of the Baskervilles

1968/ The Valley of fear

1968/ Sherlock Holmes

1968/ Not sing, shoot

1968/ Open Processes: the Baron of diamonds

1971/ Buddenbrooks

1971/ One of two

1972/ One of two-2

1974/ The assassination of Rosselli brothers

1975/ The abyss

1975/ Portrait of a lady

1976/  Albert and The black man

1977/ The last plane to Venice

1978/ Death of a seducer by country

1980/ Jealousy, directed by Leonardo Cortese

1982/ Cecilia House

1982/ The original trap

1990/ The supervisory judge, directed by Florestano Vancini

1982/ The Devil at the Long Bridge

1989/ Le retour d ' Arsène Lupin

1998/ Disappeared

 1999-2004/ Suspects

2000-2002/ Valeria medical examiner

2003/ 2 Family House



Voice Actor/Cinema


David Niven to Around the world in 80 days, Good morning sadness, separate tables, all the girls know, Prohibition of love, please don't eat the daisies, the guns of Navarone, the Pink Panther, the two James Bond 007-Casino Royale, deceivers, Death on the Nile

Peter Cushing to  Alexander the great, the Hound of the Baskervilles, the Mummy, the brides of Dracula, the Gorgon, The five keys of terror

Rex Harrison to My Fair Lady, Masquerade, doctor Dolittle, those two

Michael Caine to Gambit-grand theft at Semiramis, pen Quills of the scandal, get Carter, Miss congeniality

George c. Scott to The Hustler, Dr. Strangelove or: how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb, the day of the Dolphin

Franco Nero to Django, The colt sang la morte e fu ... tempo di massacro, mercenary

Henry Fonda to once upon a time in the West, my name is nobody, don't start picking on the cowboys who sleep

Yul Brynner to The ten commandments, the Buccaneers

Christopher Lee to Towards the city of terror, Hercules at the center of the Earth

Bradford Dillman toThe frenzy of the crime

Francis of Assisi Rod Steiger to Al Capone, Mussolini last act

Martin Balsam to Psycho, breakfast at Tiffany's

Richard Widmark to The plainsman, Last night in Warlock

Gian Maria Volontè to A fistful of dollars, for a few dollars more

Charlton Heston to The greatest story ever told, the three Musketeers

James Cagney to One, two, three!

Kevin McCarthy to Invasion of the body snatchers

Jean Desailly to Maigret

Herbert Lom to Spartacus

Marius Goring to Exodus

Michael Redgrave to Suspense

Hurd Hatfield to The King of Kings

Roger Moore to Desire in the Sun

Martin Landau to Cleopatra

Pierre Cressoy to A dollar laundry

Kenneth Nelson to Celebration for the birthday of close friend Harold

Clint Eastwood to Dirty Harry: "Scorpio" is yours!!

Laurence Olivier to Jesus of Nazareth

Louis Jourdan to  Octopussy

Robert Harper to Once upon a time in America

Donald Sutherland to Lock up

Roberts Blossom to Mom, I missed my flight

William Powell to The form of midnight (re-dubbing)

Warren Beatty to Splendor in the grass

Robert Vaughn to Superman III



Voice actor/Animated Film


1965/ The cowboy Johnny at West and Soda

1991/ Narrator at Beauty and the beast



Radio prose


Little Eyolf, by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Enzo Ferrieri, transmitted the 11 January 1943

Mine and yours, Victor Cabrera, directed by Peter on 24 March 1943, Masserano Taricco

The first day of spring, comedy of Dodie Smith, directed by Enzo Ferrieri, broadcast on 7 March 1949

The labyrinth, three acts of Sergio Pugliese, directed by Enzo Ferrieri, broadcast on 9 January 1950

Aunt Adeola, Clotilde Massi, directed by Enzo Vales, broadcast on 6 December 1956

Sad loves, by Giuseppe Giacosa director Eugenio Salussolia, broadcast on 9 April 1957

First rains, by Enrico Pea, directed by Alberto Casella, transmitted on 12 April 1957





1951/ Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare

1954/ Hamlet by Shakespeare

1975/ The Amphitryon of Plautus 

1976/ Stealing one foot is lucky in love and by Dario Fo

1985/ The host of h. Von Kleist

1985/ Party gaming by Pirandello

1989/ Thel world is a Grand Theatre

1991/ The Day of the Owl directed by Melo Freni

1992/ Not known as directed by Walter Manfrè

1993/ The game of powers, from Truffles directed by Nando Sessa

1995/ Living dead directed by Sandro Garcia

1997/ Francis and the King directed by Sandro Garcia

1998/ Maybe dream directed by Giuseppe Venetucci

1999/ The merchant of Venice directed by Nucci Ladogana

2002/ King Lear directed by 2003 on Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson Nucci Ladogana

2006/ Dresser by Ronald Harwood

2007/ The gruff beneficial by Goldoni