Adolfo Celi (1922–1986)


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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
(1965)
Operation Kid Brother Mr. Thai - 'Beta'
(1967)
Danger: Diabolik Ralph Valmont
(1968)
The Phantom of Liberty Le docteur de Legendre / Doctor Pasolini
(1974)

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 1985-1987 International Airport (TV Series)
Il caposcalo / Frankie Vallino
- L'attesa (1987) ... Il caposcalo
- Le ceneri (1987) ... Il caposcalo
- Cuore di mamma (1987) ... Il caposcalo
- Una in meno (1987) ... Il caposcalo
- No, l'Africa no (1987) ... Il caposcalo
 1987 T.I.R. (TV Series)
Oreste
- Aki elsönek érkezik (1987) ... Oreste
 1985 All My Friends Part 3
Professor Sassaroli
 1984 Cindy - Cinderella '80
Prince Gherardeschi
 1982 L'occhio di Giuda (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1982)
- Episode #1.2 (1982)
- Episode #1.1 (1982)
 1982 All My Friends Part 2
Professor Alfeo Sassaroli
 1982 Monsignor
Vinci
 1982 La sconosciuta (TV Mini Series)
Taladis
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Taladis
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Taladis
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Taladis
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Taladis
 1981 Madly in Love
Gustavo VI di San Tulipe
 1981 The Borgias (TV Mini Series)
Rodrigo Borgia
- Part 9 (1981) ... Rodrigo Borgia
- Part 8 (1981) ... Rodrigo Borgia
- Part 7 (1981) ... Rodrigo Borgia
- Part 6 (1981) ... Rodrigo Borgia
- Part 5 (1981) ... Rodrigo Borgia
 1980 Carnapping
Head of police in Palermo
 1980 Café Express
Ispettore Capo Ramacci Pisanelli
 1979 L'altro Simenon (TV Series)
 1978 Indagine su un delitto perfetto
Sir Harold Boyd
 1978 Le braghe del padrone
Eugenio - the president
 1977 The Tiger Is Still Alive: Sandokan to the Rescue (TV Movie)
James Brooke
 1977 The Chosen
Dr. Kerouac
 1977 Pane, burro e marmellata
Aristide Bertelli
 1977 The Passengers
Le commissaire Boetani
 1977 Che notte quella notte!
Dottore
 1976 Merciless Man
Commissario Lo Gallo
 1976 The Big Operator
Rifai
 1976 The Next Man
Al Sharif
 1976 Horse Fever
Judge
 1976 Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen
Commendatore Vladimiro Palese
 1976 L'affittacamere
Giudice Damiani
 1976 My Father's Wife
Antonio
 1976 Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
The Captain
 1976 Pure as a Lily
L'onorevole
 1976 Sandokan (TV Mini Series)
James Brooke
- The Battle (1976) ... James Brooke
- Betrayal (1976) ... James Brooke
- The Offer (1976) ... James Brooke
- The Tiger Hunt (1976) ... James Brooke
- The Mysterious Prince (1976) ... James Brooke
 1975 L'amaro caso della baronessa di Carini (TV Mini Series)
Don Mariano D'Agrò
- Episode #1.4 (1975) ... Don Mariano D'Agrò
- Episode #1.3 (1975) ... Don Mariano D'Agrò
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Don Mariano D'Agrò
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Don Mariano D'Agrò
 1975 Amici miei
Professor Sassaroli
 1975 Libera, My Love
Felice Valente - Libera's father
 1974 Last Moments
Dr. Monforte
 1974 Ten Little Indians
The General
 1974 The Phantom of Liberty
Le docteur de Legendre / Doctor Pasolini
 1974 The Devil Is a Woman
Father Borelli
 1973 Le mataf
Me Desbordes
 1973 La villeggiatura
Commissioner Rizzuto
 1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days
General Krebs
 1973 Pete, Pearl & the Pole
The Pole
 1972 Joe Petrosino (TV Mini Series)
Joe Petrosino
- Episode #1.5 (1972) ... Joe Petrosino
- Episode #1.4 (1972) ... Joe Petrosino
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... Joe Petrosino
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... Joe Petrosino
- Episode #1.1 (1972) ... Joe Petrosino
 1972 The Italian Connection
Don Vito Tressoldi
 1972 The Long Arm of the Godfather
Don Carmelo
 1972 Naked Girl Murdered in the Park
Inspector Huber
 1972 Who Saw Her Die?
Serafian
 1972 Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why?
Inspector Vezzi
 1972 Eye in the Labyrinth
Frank
 1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Consul
 1972 Il sospetto (TV Movie)
Dott. Fritz Emmemberger
 1971 Una chica casi decente
César Martín de Valdés 'Duque'
 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Inspector Vidocq
 1971 They Have Changed Their Face
Giovanni Nosferatu
 1970 Finale di partita (TV Movie)
 1970 Brancaleone at the Crusades
Re Boemondo
 1970 The Cop
Le commissaire principal
 1970 Fragment of Fear
Signor Bardoni
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Eric 'The Red' Redman / Eric Redman
- The Second Time Around (1969) ... Eric 'The Red' Redman
- The Great Casino Caper (1969) ... Eric Redman
 1969 Death Knocks Twice
Professor Max Spiegler
 1969 A Man for Emmanuelle
Sandri
 1969 Detective Belli
Avvocato Fontana
 1969 Midas Run
General Ferranti
 1969 The Archangel
Marco Tarocchi Roda
 1969 Alibi
Adolfo
 1969 Seven Times Seven
Warden
 1968 Fantabulous Inc.
Karl Maria van Beethoven
 1968 It's Your Move
Bayon / Guinet
 1968 Danger: Diabolik
Ralph Valmont
 1968 Death Sentence
Friar Baldwin
 1967 Dirty Heroes
Luc Rollman
 1967 Grand Slam
Mark Milford
 1967 Operation Kid Brother
Mr. Thai - 'Beta'
 1967 The Honey Pot
Inspector Rizzi
 1967 The Bobo
Francisco Carbonell
 1967 Master Stroke
Mr. Bernard
 1966 Grand Prix
Agostini Manetta
 1966 King of Hearts
Le Colonel Mac Bibenbrook
 1966 Pleasant Nights
Bernardozzo
 1966 Target for Killing
Henry Perkins
 1966 Yankee
Grande Concho
 1966 El Greco
Don Miguel de las Cuevas
 1965 Thunderball
Largo
 1965 A Man Named John
Msgr. Radini Tedeschi
 1965 Slalom
Riccardo
 1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy
Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici (pope Leo X)
 1965 Von Ryan's Express
Battaglia
 1965 Crime on a Summer Morning
Van Willie
 1964 Beautiful Families
Professore Della Porta (segment "Amare è un po' morire")
 1964 Male Companion
Benvenuto
 1964 Three Nights of Love
Alberto (segment "La moglie bambina")
 1964 That Man from Rio
Mário de Castro
 1952 Tico-Tico no Fubá (uncredited)
 1950 Caiçara
Genovês
 1948 Immigrants
Il professore
 1948 Guaglio
Don Pietro
 1947 Natale al campo 119
John, il sergente americano
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Personal Details

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Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouse:

Veronica Lazar  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Alessandra Celi | See more »
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Trivia:

Father of director Leonardo Celi and actress Alessandra Celi. See more »

Trademark:

Premature grey hair

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