Adolfo Celi Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Messina, Sicily, Italy
Died in Siena, Tuscany, Italy  (aortic aneurysm)
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 the appalling James Bond spoof Operation Kid Brother (1967) starring Neil Connery brother of Sean Connery.

Additional to his many film appearances in Italian productions, Celi spent many years on stage in South America to very positive reviews, and directed three films made in South America, Caiçara (1950), Tico-Tico no fuba (1952)_ and L'Alibi (1969)_.

He passed away on February 19th 1986 from a heart attack.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (3)

Veronica Lazar (1966 - 19 February 1986) (his death) (2 children)
Marília Branco (1963 - ?) (divorced)
Tônia Carrero (1951 - 1962) (divorced)

Trivia (3)

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.
Father of director Leonardo Celi and actress Alessandra Celi.
Surname pronounced "chell-lee"(not "silly").

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