Gino Cervi

Actor
Throughout his celebrated career, Gino Cervi worked with some of the greatest filmmakers in cinematic history, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Sica, and Julian Duvivier. One of the best known Italian ... Read more »
Born: 05/03/1901 in Bologna, IT

Filmography

Actor (15)

Uccidere in Silenzio 1971 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

Maigret A Pigalle 1966 (Movie)

Il commissario Maigret (Actor)

Becket 1964 (Movie)

Cardinal Zambelli (Actor)

Don Camillo Monseigneur 1960 (Movie)

Giuseppe 'Peppone' Botazzi (Actor)

The Joy of Living 1960 (Movie)

Olinto Fossati (Actor)

The Revolt of the Slaves 1960 (Movie)

Fabio (Actor)

That Long Night In 1943 1959 (Movie)

Aretusi (Actor)

Sign of the Gladiator 1958 (Movie)

Emperor Aurelian (Actor)

The Naked Maja 1958 (Movie)

King Carlos IV (Actor)

Frou-Frou 1955 (Movie)

Vladimir (Actor)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

Commissioner (Actor)

Retour de Don Camillo 1954 (Movie)

Peppone (Actor)

Camille Without Camelias 1953 (Movie)

Ercole Borra (Actor)

La Corona di Ferro (Movie)

King Sedemondo (Actor)

Biography

Throughout his celebrated career, Gino Cervi worked with some of the greatest filmmakers in cinematic history, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Vittorio De Sica, and Julian Duvivier. One of the best known Italian actors of the 1950s and '60s, Cervi is primarily remembered for his role in the many "Don Camillo" films, as the Communist mayor who constantly struggles with the local priest. The son of a theater critic, Cervi began acting for the stage in 1924. He scored his first lead role in a film 10 years later, in the obscure "Frontier," and became a bona fide motion-picture star with Alessandro Blasetti's "Aldebaran" in 1935. His round face and carefully trimmed moustache became yet more recognizable after the first installment of the "Don Camillo" films, "The Little World of Don Camillo," in 1952. Legendary filmmaker Vittorio De Sica cast Cervi opposite Montgomery Clift in his 1953 feature, "Indiscretion of an American Wife." Outside Italy, Cervi had a supporting role as a cardinal in Peter Glenville's award-winning 1964 epic, "Becket," starring Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. Cervi's son, Tonino Cervi, was also involved in cinema, and produced one of his father's later films, "Maigret in Pigalle." The film was based on the television crime show "Le inchieste del commissario Maigret," in which Gino Cervi played the title character. This series marked his final screen credit. He died in 1974.

Relationships

Tonino Cervi

Son

Milestones

1932

Film acting debut

1924

First performance on stage

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