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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 »

Died:

(age 38) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

For the First Time
For the First Time Tonio Costa
(1959)
Serenade
Serenade Damon Vincenti
(1956)
The Great Caruso
The Great Caruso Enrico Caruso
(1951)
Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures Soundtrack
(1994)

Filmography

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 2017 The Glass Castle (performer: "My Wild Irish Rose", "O Christmas Tree")
 2016 Olga (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (2016) ... (performer: "Santa Lucia")
 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 Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10 (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "The Loveliest Night of the Year")
 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 Tierische Liebe (Documentary) (performer: "La donna è mobile")
 1996 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Truth or Dick (1996) ... (performer: "Be My Love")
 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")
 1976 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sanford and Gong (1976) ... (performer: ""Be My Love"")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (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", "Under the Bamboo Tree" - 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Cavalcade of Stars (1949) with Betty Grable. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

All my life I liked fun. I'm young and alive. I like people with heart. Even today when people get gloomy around me, I swear in high C and say, 'Let's get going ... you're fracturing me with this misery!' See more »

Trivia:

Took as his professional name a variation on his mother's name. He substituted the masculine Mario for the feminine Maria and used her maiden name of Lanza as his surname. See more »

Nickname:

The Tiger See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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