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Ezio Pinza (1892–1957)

Ezio Pinza was born on May 18, 1892 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Fortunato Pinza. He was an actor, known for The Blues Brothers (1980), Mr. Imperium (1951) and Big Night (1996). He died on May 9, 1957 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. See full bio »

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 1953 Season's Greetings (TV Movie)
 1953 Bonino (TV Series)
Babbo Bonino
 1953 Tonight We Sing
Feodor Chaliapin
 1953 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Interlude (1953)
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Tony Valeri
- The Valari Special (1952) ... Tony Valeri
 1951-1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Opera Bass Vocalist / Guest Opera Singer
- Episode #3.9 (1952) ... Guest Opera Bass Vocalist
- Episode #2.7 (1951) ... Guest Opera Singer
 1952 The Ezio Pinza Show (TV Series)
Series Host
- Episode #1.11 (1952) ... Series Host
 1951 Strictly Dishonorable
Count Augustino 'Gus' Caraffa
 1951 Mr. Imperium
Prince Alexis aka Mr. Imperium
 1947 Carnegie Hall
Ezio Pinza
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He played Emile de Becque in the original Broadway production of "South Pacific", and his performance of "Some Enchanted Evening" on the original Broadway cast album made his voice familiar to millions who had never heard or seen him in the Metropolitan Opera. Unfortunately, he died the year that the motion picture version was ... See more »

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Incredibly enough, for all his success in opera and musical comedy, Ezio Pinza was unable to read music, and conductor Arturo Toscanini, with whom Pinza sometimes worked, often insisted on his singers performing every note as written! Everything Pinza sang, from the most complex operatic role to the simplest popular song, was memorized laboriously, note by note. As Pinza himself once said, "I'm ... See more »

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