Adolfo Celi

Actor, Director
Actor and director Adolfo Celi made his film debut in 1946's "Un americano in vacanza. " In 1950, Celi co-wrote and co-directed the drama "Caiara," in which he also starred. He would go on to produce and direct the ... Read more »
Born: 07/27/1922 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (42)

The Borgias 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Amici Miei Atto III 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amici miei atto II 1982 (Movie)

Professor Sassaroli (Actor)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

Cardinal Vinci (Actor)

Cafe Express 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cenerentola '80 1979 (Movie)

Prince Gherardeschi (Actor)

La Soldatessa Alle Grandi Manovre 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Grand Escogriffe 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Passagers 1976 (Movie)

Inspector Bietani (Actor)

And Then There Were None 1975 (Movie)

General Soule (Actor)

La Moglie di mio padre 1975 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Signore e Signori, Buonanotte 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Next Man 1975 (Movie)

Al Sharif (Actor)

Uomini si nasce poliziotti si muore 1975 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Amici Miei 1974 (Movie)

Sassaroli (Actor)

Hitler: The Last Ten Days 1973 (Movie)

General Krebs (Actor)

Libera, Amore Mio 1973 (Movie)

Felice Valente (Actor)

Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1972 (Movie)

Consul (Actor)

Il Sorriso del Grande Tentatore 1972 (Movie)

Father Borelli (Actor)

La Villeggiatura 1972 (Movie)

Police Commissioner (Actor)

Le Metaf 1972 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Fragment of Fear 1971 (Movie)

Bardoni (Actor)

Murders in the Rue Morgue 1971 (Movie)

Vidocq (Actor)

The Italian Connection 1971 (Movie)

Don Vito (Actor)

Chi l'ha Vista Morire? 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hanno Cambiate Faccia 1970 (Movie)

Boss (Actor)

A Run on Gold 1969 (Movie)

Aldo Ferranti (Actor)

Brancaleone Alle Crociate 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

In Search of Gregory 1969 (Movie)

Max Morelli (Actor)

Diabolik 1968 (Movie)

Valmont (Actor)

Il Padre di Famiglia 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

King of Hearts 1967 (Movie)

Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook (Actor)

Grand Prix 1966 (Movie)

Augustino Manetti (Actor)

The Bobo 1966 (Movie)

Fransisco Carbonell (Actor)

The Honey Pot 1966 (Movie)

Inspector Rizzi (Actor)

El Greco 1965 (Movie)

Don Miguel de las Cuevas (Actor)

The Agony and the Ecstasy 1965 (Movie)

Giovanni De'Medici (Actor)

Thunderball 1965 (Movie)

Emilio Largo (Actor)

That Man From Rio 1964 (Movie)

Senior DiCastros (Actor)

Von Ryan's Express 1964 (Movie)

Battaglia (Actor)

Hit Men (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor and director Adolfo Celi made his film debut in 1946's "Un americano in vacanza. " In 1950, Celi co-wrote and co-directed the drama "Caiçara," in which he also starred. He would go on to produce and direct the biographical drama "Tico-Tico no Fubá" in 1952, and write and direct the comedy "Alibi" in 1969. All three were produced in South America, where Celi was a noted stage performer. He was fluent in several languages, allowing him to work all over the world. Celi went on to appear in more than 100 film and television roles. However, in the United States, Celi is most often recognized for his role as the Bond villain Emilio Largo from 1965's "Thunderball." Celi was fluent in English, but his dialogue was overdubbed for the film because of his thick Sicilian accent. This was often the case for his English-speaking roles. In 1981's BBC serial "The Borgias," Celi was not overdubbed and was harshly criticized for his inscrutable diction. Celi's final screen performance was on the Italian television program "Due assi per un turbo." He died from a heart attack at age 63.

EDUCATION

Rome Academy of Fine Arts

Milestones

1986

Final feature, "Amici Miei Atto III"

1985

TV debut, the A&E series, "The Borgias"

1968

Screenwriting and co-directorial debut, "L'Alibi"

1965

Appeared in Carol Reed's, "The Agony and the Ecstasy"

1964

First worked with director Philippe DeBroca, "L'Homme de Rio"

1948

Feature film debut, "Natale al Campo"

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