Eduardo Ciannelli

Actor, Singer, Playwright
A trained doctor and accomplished opera singer, Eduardo Ciannelli came to the United States after World War I and began a career on Broadway; it may be an irony of the Golden Era of studio filmmaking that his ... Read more »
Born: 08/30/1889 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (44)

MacKenna's Gold 1969 (Movie)

Prairie Dog (Actor)

Stiletto 1969 (Movie)

Don Andrea (Actor)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 (Movie)

Luigi Lunghetti (Actor)

Mission Impossible Vs. the Mob 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Brotherhood 1968 (Movie)

Don Peppino (Actor)

The Spy in the Green Hat 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Visit 1963 (Movie)

Innkeeper (Actor)

Houseboat 1958 (Movie)

Arturo Zaccardi (Actor)

Attila 1957 (Movie)

Onegesius (Actor)

Monster From Green Hell 1957 (Movie)

Mahri (Actor)

Helen of Troy 1956 (Movie)

Andros (Actor)

Love Slaves of the Amazon 1956 (Movie)

Crespi (Actor)

California 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dillinger 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Passage to Marseille 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mask of Dimitrios 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angels Wash Their Faces 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Foreign Correspondent 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Strange Cargo 1939 (Movie)

Telez (Actor)

Gunga Din 1938 (Movie)

Guru (Actor)

Hitting a New High 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Marked Woman 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Winterset 1935 (Movie)

Trock Estrella (Actor)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reunion in Vienna 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Bell for Adano (Movie)

Mayor Nasta (Actor)

Blind Alibi (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (Movie)

Count Brett (Actor)

Flight for Freedom (Movie)

John Salvini (Actor)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Movie)

(Actor)

Incendiary Blonde (Movie)

Nick, the Greek (Actor)

Joe Palooka, Champ (Movie)

Florini (Actor)

Kitty Foyle (Movie)

Giono (Actor)

Law of the Underworld (Movie)

Rockey (Actor)

On Such a Night (Movie)

"Ice" Richmond (Actor)

Prince of Foxes (Movie)

Art dealer (Actor)

Seven Keys to Baldpate (Movie)

Cargan (Actor)

The Conspirators (Movie)

Almeida (Actor)

The Constant Nymph (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

The Crime Doctor's Gamble (Movie)

Maurice Duval (Actor)

The League of Frightened Men (Movie)

Paul Chapin (Actor)

The Mummy's Hand (Movie)

High Priest (Actor)

They Met in Bombay (Movie)

Hotel Manager (Actor)

Biography

A trained doctor and accomplished opera singer, Eduardo Ciannelli came to the United States after World War I and began a career on Broadway; it may be an irony of the Golden Era of studio filmmaking that his mellifluous voice was most frequently put to use for gangsters and lowlifes. The actor tallied over 150 movies and television shows in his long career, which kicked off with a silent film ("The Food Gamblers") and ended in the 1960s. In between, he played in such memorable classics as the fanciful Cary Grant adventure "Gunga Din" (appearing as a guru), Alfred Hitchcock's political thriller "Foreign Correspondent", the Ginger Rogers vehicle "Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman", and the lurid melodrama "Gilda", with Rita Hayworth at her most voluptuous. By the 1950s, Cianneli had built up Hollywood credits aplenty as well as a nest egg of Universal Studios B horror pictures--he had a star turn in "The Creeper", played a high priest in the "The Mummy's Hand", and had one heck of a title role in "Mysterious Doctor Satan". He then began to appear in movies produced in his native land, and as the decade went on he racked up guest appearances on American TV shows like "I Love Lucy". His career, however, ended on the big screen; one of his last credits was Stanley Kramer's Italy-set "The Secret of Santa Vittoria", in which he costarred with Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani.

EDUCATION

University of Naples

Milestones

1933

Wrote first Broadway play "Foolscap"

1933

Film acting debut

1925

First Broadway role in "Rose Marie"

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