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Vittorio Gassman (1922–2000)

Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works. Since 1946 he also worked at the movies and his first big role there was the criminal in Bitter Rice (1949). This fixed him to his main parts: The ambiguous gentleman inflicting pain ... See full bio »


(age 77) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

Sleepers King Benny
Big Deal on Madonna Street
Big Deal on Madonna Street Peppe il pantera
Il Sorpasso
Il Sorpasso Bruno Cortona
Scent of a Woman
Scent of a Woman Il capitano Fausto Consolo


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 2017 Inferno by Dante (post-production)
Dante - Italian Recitation (voice)
 1999 La bomba
Don Vito Bracalone
 1998 The Dinner
Maestro Pezzullo
 1997 Un homme digne de confiance (TV Movie)
Adriano Venturi
 1997 Il deserto di fuoco (TV Mini-Series)
 1994 Once a Year, Every Year
 1993 Abraham (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Terah
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Terah
 1993 Ulisse e la balena bianca (TV Movie)
 1992 Quando eravamo repressi
The Sexologist
 1992 The Long Winter
 1990 Il giudice istruttore (TV Series)
Consigliere Istruttore
- Il caso Corderi (1990) ... Consigliere Istruttore
- Suicidio d'amore (1990) ... Consigliere Istruttore
- Simulazione di reato (1990) ... Consigliere Istruttore
- Complotto internazionale (1990) ... Consigliere Istruttore
- Un caso di sequestro (1990) ... Consigliere Istruttore
 1990 Tolgo il disturbo
Augusto Scribani
 1990 Dimenticare Palermo
Il Principe
 1989 The Sleazy Uncle
Uncle Luca
 1989 Mortacci
 1988 L'altro enigma (TV Movie)
Il padre / Sofocle
 1987 I picari
Marchese Felipe de Aragona
 1987 The Family
Carlo, as a man / Carlo's grandfather
 1985 Paradigma
 1983 Benvenuta
Livio Carpi
 1982 Count Tacchia
Prince Torquato Terenzi
 1982 Tempest
 1981 Sharky's Machine
Victor Scorelli
 1981 Il turno
Ciro Coppa
 1981 Camera d'albergo
Achille Mengaroni
 1980 La terrazza
 1979 Two Pieces of Bread
Pippo Mifà
 1979 Caro papà
Albino Millozza
 1979 Quintet
St. Christopher
 1978 A Wedding
Luigi Corelli
 1977 Viva Italia!
Il cardinale (segment "Tantum ergo") / Il cameriere (segment "Hostaria") / Il marito (segment "Sequestro di persona cara") / ...
 1977 Anima persa
Fabio Stolz
 1976 The Desert of the Tartars
Colonel Giovanbattista Filimore
 1976 Signore e signori, buonanotte
CIA agent / Tuttumpezzo
 1976 Pure as a Lily
Anthony M. Wilson
 1976 The Career of a Chambermaid
Franco Denza
 1975 The Immortal Bachelor
Andrea Sansoni
 1974 We All Loved Each Other So Much
Gianni Perego
 1974 Scent of a Woman
Il capitano Fausto Consolo
 1973 La Tosca
 1972 L'udienza
Principe Donati
 1972 Without Family
Armando Zavanatti
 1971 In the Name of the Italian People
Lorenzo Santenocito
 1971 Scipio the African
Catone il Censore
 1970 L'uomo dal fiore in bocca (TV Short)
L'uomo dal fiore
 1970 The Divorce
Leonardo Nenci
 1970 Let's Have a Riot
 1969 The Archangel
Furio Bertuccia
 1969 Twelve Plus One
Mario Beretti
 1969 Where Are You Going All Naked?
Rufus Conforti
 1969 Alibi
 1968 La pecora nera
Mario Agasti / Filippo Agasti
 1968 Mr. Kinky
Pietro Breccia
 1968 Catch As Catch Can
Bob Chiaramonte
 1967 Woman Times Seven
Cenci (segment "Two Against One")
 1967 The Tiger and the Pussycat
Francesco Vincenzini
 1966 The Devil in Love
 1966 Pleasant Nights
Bastiano da Sangallo
 1966 A Maiden for the Prince
Principe don vincenzo gonzaga
 1965 Slalom
Lucio Ridolfi
 1965 The Secret Agents
Perego / Ferrari (French)
 1964 La congiuntura
 1964 The Gaucho
Marco Ravicchio
 1964 Let's Talk About Women
Stranger / Practical Joker / Client / ...
 1964 Summer Frenzy
Captain Mario Nardoni
 1963 I mostri
The Actor (segment "La Raccomandazione") / Policeman (segment "Il Mostro") / Favilla (segment "Presa dalla Vita") / ...
 1963 Il successo
Giulio Ceriani
 1963 The Eye of the Needle
Giorgio Mazzanò - lawyer
 1962 Sex Can Be Difficult
L'avvocato (segment "L'avaro")
 1962 March on Rome
Domenico Rocchetti
 1962 Il Sorpasso
Bruno Cortona
 1962 Anima nera
Adriano Zucchelli
 1961 Barabbas
 1961 Phantom Lovers
Giovanni Battista Villari, aka 'il Caparra'
 1961 Adelchi (TV Movie)
 1960 Love and Larceny
Gerardo Latini
 1959 Le sorprese dell'amore
The Schoolteacher (uncredited)
 1959 La cambiale
 1959 The Miracle
 1959 The Great War
Giovanni Busacca
 1958 Tempest
 1958 The Love Specialist
Piero di Montalcino
 1956 Defend My Love
Giovanni Marchi
 1955 Amleto (TV Movie)
Amleto (Hamlet)
 1955 Beautiful But Dangerous
Prince Sergei
 1954 Mambo
Mario Rossi
 1954 Rhapsody
Paul Bronte
 1953 Cry of the Hunted
 1953 Sombrero
Alejandro Castillo
 1953 The Glass Wall
Peter Kaban
 1952 La tratta delle bianche
Michele (as Vittorio Gassmann)
 1952 The Dream of Zorro
Don Antonio / Juan
 1951 Anna
Vittorio (as Vittorio Gassmann)
 1951 Black Crown
 1951 Double Cross
Renato Salvi
 1950 Lo sparviero del Nilo
Yussuf (as Vittorio Gassmann)
 1950 The Outlaws
 1950 Streets of Sorrow
 1949 Lure of the Sila
Pietro Campolo (as Vittorio Gassmann)
 1949 Una voce nel tuo cuore
Paolo Baldini
 1949 Bitter Rice
Walter (as Vittorio Gassmann)
 1948 L'ebreo errante
Mathieu Nahum / Mathieu Blumenthal
 1947 Daniele Cortis
Daniele Cortis
 1947 The Adventures of Pinocchio
Il Pescatore Verde
 1947 Shamed
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(August 23 to September 16, 1984) He directed his play, "Viva Vittorio!," in an American premiere at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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No-one should die. That's the only mistake God ever made. See more »


The standard joke on him was that he had such an interesting, flexible voice (and such an outstanding acting ability) that he could have made everything he read entertaining and intense. In mid-90s, a satirical show on Italy national TV gave him a 2 minutes space (named "Gassman Legge", literally "Gassman Reads") where he just "acted" few lines from banal, utterly non-poetic texts, e.g. the ... See more »


Powerful, versatile voice


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