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Mario Lanza (I) (1921–1959)

Mario Lanza's life, sadly, has all the markings of an epic Shakespearean tragedy. The story is truly incredible: a wild, incendiary Philadelphia kid who can sing better than Enrico Caruso sets out to become the greatest dramatic opera singer who ever lived, is detoured by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer and vixen Hollywood, is remade into a fiercely ... See full bio »


(age 38) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Zodiac Soundtrack
The Polar Express
The Polar Express Soundtrack
Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures Soundtrack
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 2014 Walk On (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "You'll Never Walk Alone")
 2014 Mike & Mike (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 18 February 2014 (2014) ... (performer: "Vesti la Giubba")
 2012 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #8.7 (2012) ... (performer: "The Donkey Serenade")
 2012 The Darkness II (Video Game) (performer: "Vesti La Giubba")
 2011 Formula 1: BBC Sport (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The European Grand Prix: Qualifying (2011) ... (performer: "Valencia" - uncredited)
 2011 Miss Bala (performer: "Ave Maria")
  Fringe (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2009) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Earthling (2009) ... (performer: "Una Furtiva Lagrima" - uncredited) / (writer: "Una Furtiva Lagrima" - uncredited)
 2009/I Tapped (Documentary) (performer: "Drink, Drink, Drink (From "The Student Prince")")
 2007 Zodiac (performer: "Arrivederci, Roma")
 2004 The Polar Express (performer: "Deck the Halls")
 1999 Soft Toilet Seats (performer: "Be My Love")
 1997 That Old Feeling (performer: "O Sole Mio")
 1996 Animal Love (Documentary) (performer: "La donna è mobile")
 1994 Heavenly Creatures (performer: "Be My Love", "The Donkey Serenade", "Funiculi, Funicula", "The Loveliest Night of the Year", "You'll Never Walk Alone")
 1991 Only the Lonely (performer: "SORRENTO")
 1989 Next of Kin (performer: "Serenade")
 1988 Bird (performer: "Be My Love")
 1985 Rosso ("Fenesta ca lucive")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (performer: "Be My Love" (1950) - uncredited)
 1959 For the First Time (performer: "Come Prima (For the First Time)", "Pineapple Picker", "Ave Maria" (uncredited), "O Sole Mio" (uncredited), "La donna e mobile" (uncredited), "Bella Figlia del'Amore" (uncredited), "Death Scene" (uncredited), "Celeste Aida" (uncredited), "Vesti la giubba" (uncredited), "Ich Liebe Dich" (uncredited))
 1957 Seven Hills of Rome (performer: "Arrividerci Roma", "Vogliamoci tanto bene" (uncredited))
 1956 Serenade (performer: "Nessun dorma" (uncredited), "Dio Ti Giocondi" (uncredited), "Serenade", "My Destiny", "Il Mio Tesoro" (uncredited), "Ave Maria" (uncredited), "Lamento di Federico" (uncredited), "Di Quella Pira" (uncredited), "Italian Tenor Aria"(uncredited), "Torna a Surriento" (uncredited), "O Paradiso" (uncredited), "O Soave Fanciulla" (uncredited))
 1954 The Student Prince (performer: "Deep In My Heart, Dear", "Serenade", "I'll Walk with God", "Beloved", "Summertime in Heidelberg", "Golden Days", "Just We Two")
 1952 Because You're Mine (performer: "Because You're Mine", "Questa o quella" (uncredited), "You Do Something To Me" (uncredited), "Granada" (uncredited), "The Lord's Prayer" (uncredited))
 1951 The Great Caruso (performer: "Magnificat", "'A Vucchella", "La Danza", "The Consecration Scene", "Trio Finale", "Celeste Aida", "In Questa Tomba", "The Torture Scene", "E Lucevan le Stelle", "The Villification Scene", "Brindisi", "Cielo e Mar", "La Donna e Mobile", "Torna a Surriento", "Che Celida Manina", "Mattinata", "Miserere", "Quartet", "Sweethearts", "Recitativo", "Vesti la Giubba", "Ave Maria", "Sextette", "Because", "M'Appari", "Finale" - uncredited)
 1950 The Toast of New Orleans (performer: "Be My Love" - uncredited)
 1949 That Midnight Kiss (performer: "Una furtiva lagrima", "Celeste Aida" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

CD: "The Student Prince/The Desert Song" (RCA) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »


5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

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I sing from the heart... I sing the words of a song and really feel them, from the top of my head to the tip of my toes... I sing as though my life depends on it, and if I ever stop doing that then I'll stop living See more »


Lanza had four children with his wife Betty: Colleen - a screenwriter, died of a road accident in 1997; Elisa - a housewife with two sons, Damon - had dabbled in restaurant and motorcycle business; Marc - died of a heart attack in 1993 at age 37 See more »


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