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Alberto Sordi Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 15 June 1920Rome, Lazio, Italy
Date of Death 24 February 2003Rome, Lazio, Italy  (complications from lung cancer with bronchitis and pneumonia)
Nickname Albertone
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of Italy's most captivating and talented cinematic comedy stars, Italian veteran Alberto Sordi was known for satirizing his country's social mores in pungent black comedies, farcical tales and grim drama. He, along with peers Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi and Nino Manfredi, arguably represent the finest of post-war Italian cinema history. Born in Rome on June 15, 1920 in the Trastevere district, Sordi grew up in a musical family, his father being a tuba player for the Rome Opera House. A choir boy at the Sistine Chapel, he later trained for the theater in Milan but returned to Rome to work in radio and musical halls in comedy shows. In the late 30s he found his way into film as an extra. His first important role was in The Three Pilots (1942), a fascist war picture, but he wouldn't hit international stardom until a decade later when he starred in Federico Fellini's early films The White Sheik (1952) and I Vitelloni (1953). The titles of some of his most prolific characters were as simple as their titles: The Seducer, The Bachelor, The Husband, The Widower, The Traffic Cop, and The Moralist. Most of his protagonists amusingly, but not always pleasantly, stereotyped the worst attributes of Italian men and society, yet many of his films are unparalleled in quality and considered masterpieces. Sordi went on to star, direct and co-write more than 150 films. Never married and rather an introvert, he enjoyed a quiet, reclusive personal life. On his 80th birthday, he was made Mayor of Rome for the day. In 2002, after 190 films, he announced his retirement, and died of a heart attack the following year at age 82.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Trivia (8)

The city of Rome nominated him honorary mayor for a day to celebrate his 80th birthday. [June 2000]
Began his career as a dubber - notably as Oliver Hardy's voice in the Italian version.
Less than a week after his death, Rome's mayor renamed one of the main central gallery streets after him.
He earned a living at one time dubbing Oliver Hardy's role into Italian in the Laurel and Hardy films.
Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1985
Long-time partner of actress Andreina Pagnani.
Supported Roma.
Insisted Bette Davis spoke Italian to him on the set of "The Scientific Cardplayer" and got her all worked up.

Personal Quotes (2)

I adopt a very simple approach. I observe and reflect real life and ordinary people and sooner or later that raises a laugh.
Take care, these Italians, full of failings, are neither you, nor me; they are your neighbors, the ones you meet on the staircase and whom you do not like to greet.

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