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Film star Alberto Sordi dies; embodied 'Italian comedy'

26 February 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alberto Sordi, the Italian film star who came to personify the genre known as "Italian comedy" in a career spanning seven decades and more than 150 films, died Tuesday in Rome of bronchitis, ending a six-month battle with cancer. He was 82. The son of a Roman orchestra conductor, Sordi started out in the movies in the 1930s as a dubber with a contract from MGM to give Oliver Hardy -- the chubby man of comic duo Laurel and Hardy -- an Italian voice. Sordi's acting career got a big boost after working with Federico Fellini, who picked the strapping, dark, typically Roman-looking Sordi to play the part of a romantic movie star in his 1952 feature The White Sheik. The next year, Sordi worked again with Fellini in the Italian cinema classic I Vitelloni, in which Sordi played one of five indolent young men shirking the responsibilities of adulthood in a sleepy seaside town. But it was for his roles in scores of popular comedies of the 1950s, '60s and '70s -- social satires in which he played a traffic cop, a doctor, a taxi driver, a playboy, a convict and a Mafioso, among many other roles -- that Sordi rose to icon status in Italy. »

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