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Adolfo Celi (1922–1986)

Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball (1965). However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by Robert Rietty. Two years later Celi popped up in ... See full bio »

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Known For

Thunderball Largo
The Phantom of Liberty
The Phantom of Liberty Le docteur de Legendre / Doctor Pasolini
The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Agony and the Ecstasy Giovanni de' Medici
Brancaleone at the Crusades


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 1984 Cenerentola '80
Principe Goncalvo Gherardeschi
 1982 Monsignor
Cardinal Vinci
 1981 Madly in Love
Gustavo VI di San Tulipe
 1980 Carnapping
Head of police in Palermo
 1980 Café Express
Ispettore capo Ministero
 1979 L'affittacamere
Giudice Damiani
 1978 Le braghe del padrone
Eugenio - the president
 1978 Indagine su un delitto perfetto
Sir Harold Boyd
 1977 Holocaust 2000
Dr. Kerouac
 1977 Pane, burro e marmellata
Aristide Bertelli
 1977 The Passengers
 1977 Che notte quella notte!
 1976 Merciless Man
Commissario Lo Gallo
 1976 The Big Operator
 1976 The Next Man
Al Sharif
 1976 Febbre da cavallo
 1976 Signore e signori, buonanotte
Vladimiro Palese
 1976 Pure as a Lily
 1975 Libera, My Love
Felice Valente - Libera's father
 1974 Last Moments
Dr. Monforte
 1973 The Devil Is a Woman
Father Borelli
 1973 La villeggiatura
Commissioner Rizzuto
 1973 Le mataf
Me Desbordes
 1972 The Long Arm of the Godfather
Don Carmelo
 1972 Who Saw Her Die?
 1972 Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why?
Inspector Vezzi
 1972 Eye in the Labyrinth
 1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon
 1972 Piazza pulita
The Pole
 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Inspector Vidocq
 1971 Una chica casi decente
César Martín de Valdés 'Duque'
 1970 Brancaleone at the Crusades
Re Boemondo
 1970 The Cop
Le commissaire principal / Chief of police
 1970 Fragment of Fear
Signor Bardoni
 1969 The Blonde Connection
Professor Max Spiegler
 1969 The Archangel
Marco Tarocchi Roda
 1969 A Man for Emmanuelle
 1969 Un detective
Avvocato Fontana
 1969 Midas Run
General Ferranti
 1969 Alibi
 1968 It's Your Move
Bayon / Guinet
 1968 Sentenza di morte
Friar Baldwin
 1968 Seven Times Seven
 1967 Fantabulous Inc.
Karl Maria van Beethoven
 1967 Grand Slam
Mark Milford
 1967 The Honey Pot
Inspector Rizzi
 1967 The Bobo
Francisco Carbonell
 1967 Master Stroke
Mr. Bernard
 1967 Dirty Heroes
Luc Rollman
 1966 Grand Prix
Agostini Manetta
 1966 King of Hearts
Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook
 1966 Pleasant Nights
 1966 Target for Killing
Henry Perkins
 1966 Yankee
Grande Concho
 1966 El Greco
Don Miguel de las Cuevas
 1965 A Man Named John
Msgr. Radini Tedeschi
 1965 Slalom
 1965 Von Ryan's Express
 1965 Crime on a Summer Morning
Van Willie
 1964 Le belle famiglie
Professore Della Porta (segment "Amare è un po' morire")
 1964 Male Companion
 1964 That Man from Rio
Mário de Castro
 1952 Tico-Tico no Fubá (uncredited)
 1950 Caiçara
 1948 Immigrants
Il professore
 1947 Natale al campo 119
John, il sergente americano
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Despite speaking fluent English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and German in addition to his native Italian, his voice was dubbed by another actor in most of his movies throughout his career, even in his native Italy, to hide his distinctive Sicillian accent. See more »

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