Vittorio Gassman

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Handsome, occasionally grandiloquent, Vittorio Gassman has been a popular and successful stage and screen actor in his native Italy for well over fifty years. American cineastes will recall his performances in such ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1922 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (76)

Il Divorzio 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Il Tigre 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Once Upon a Time in Little Italy 1998 (Movie)

Don Vito (Actor)

The Dinner 1998 (Movie)

Maestro Pezzulo (Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

King Benny (Actor)

Once a Year, Every Year 1994 (Movie)

Giuseppe (Actor)

El Largo Invierno 1992 (Movie)

Claudio (Actor)

Lo Zio Indegno 1991 (Movie)

Uncle Lucca (Actor)

Quando Eravamo Repressi 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Divertimenti nella casa privata 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Night of Music 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Sheherazade 1990 (Movie)

Sinbad (Actor)

The Palermo Connection 1990 (Movie)

Prince (Actor)

Tolgo Il Disturbo 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Soliti Ignoti... Vent'Anni Dopo 1988 (Movie)

Peppe (Actor)

I Picari 1987 (Movie)

Baron (Actor)

La Famiglia 1987 (Movie)

Carlo (Actor)

Le Pouvoir du Mal 1984 (Movie)

Gotried (Actor)

Benvenuta 1982 (Movie)

Livio (Actor)

Di Padre in Figlio 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Vie est un roman 1982 (Movie)

Walter Guarini (Actor)

Tempest 1982 (Movie)

Alonzo (Actor)

Il Conte Tacchia 1981 (Movie)

Prince (Actor)

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Victor D'Anton (Actor)

Quintet 1979 (Movie)

St Christopher (Actor)

Sono Fotogenico 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Nude Bomb 1979 (Movie)

Nino Salvatore Sebastiani/Norman Saint Sauvage (Actor)

Caro Papa 1978 (Movie)

Albino Millozza (Actor)

Due pezzi di Pane 1978 (Movie)

Pippo (Actor)

La Terrazza 1978 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Luigi Corelli (Actor)

I Nuovi Mostri 1976 (Movie)

Kardinal (Actor)

Anima Persa 1975 (Movie)

Fabio Stolz (Actor)

Come una rosa al naso 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Telefoni bianchi 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Desert des tartares 1975 (Movie)

Colonel Filimore (Actor)

Signore e Signori, Buonanotte 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Mezzanotte va la ronda del Piacere 1974 (Movie)

Andrea Sansoni (Actor)

Scent of a Woman 1974 (Movie)

Fausto (Actor)

C'eravamo tanto amati 1973 (Movie)

Gianni (Actor)

La Tosca 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Senza Famiglia Nullatenenti Cercano Affetto 1971 (Movie)

Armando (Actor)

In Nome del Popolo Italiano 1970 (Movie)

Lorenzo Santenocito (Actor)

L' Udienza 1970 (Movie)

Nobleman (Actor)

Brancaleone Alle Crociate 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Woman Times Seven 1967 (Movie)

Cenci (Actor)

L' Armata Brancaleone 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Kinky 1966 (Movie)

Pietro Breccia (Actor)

The Devil In Love 1965 (Movie)

Relfagor (Actor)

Crimen 1964 (Movie)

Remo Capretti (Actor)

Il Gaucho 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Let's Talk About Women 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Barabbas 1962 (Movie)

Sahak (Actor)

Black Soul 1962 (Movie)

Adriano (Actor)

Songs 1961 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

The Easy Life 1960 (Movie)

Bruno Cortona (Actor)

The Great War 1960 (Movie)

Giovanni Busacca (Actor)

The Last Judgement 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ghosts in Rome 1959 (Movie)

Caparra (Actor)

Audace colpo dei soliti 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

Big Deal on Madonna Street 1958 (Movie)

Peppe (Actor)

La Cambiale 1958 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Love Specialist 1958 (Movie)

Prince Bruno (Actor)

The Miracle 1958 (Movie)

Guido (Actor)

The Tempest 1958 (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

Anatole (Actor)

Mambo 1955 (Movie)

Mario Rossi (Actor)

La Donna piu bella del mondo 1954 (Movie)

Sergei (Actor)

Rhapsody 1954 (Movie)

Paul Bronte (Actor)

Cry of the Hunted 1953 (Movie)

Jory (Actor)

The Glass Wall 1953 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Riso Amaro 1949 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Abraham (TV Show)

Actor

La Marcia Su Roma (Movie)

Domenico (Actor)

Sombrero (Movie)

Alejandro Castillo (Actor)
Writer (4)

Di Padre in Figlio 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Di Padre in Figlio 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (3)

Affabulazione 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Di Padre in Figlio 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Handsome, occasionally grandiloquent, Vittorio Gassman has been a popular and successful stage and screen actor in his native Italy for well over fifty years. American cineastes will recall his performances in such classics as "Bitter Rice" (1948) and "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (1956). Less discerning filmgoers may remember him as Anatole in King Vidor's 1956 version of "War and Peace" or the crime lord King Benny in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers" (1996).

Relationships

Diletta D'Andrea Actor

Wife
Married 1970 until his death June 29, 2000

Paola Gassman

Daughter
mother, Nora Ricci

Vittoria Gassman

Daughter
born c. 1953 mother, Shelley Winters

Alessandro Gassman

Son
born in February 1965 mother, Juliet Mayniel

Jacopo Gassman

Son
mother, Diletta D'Andrea

Juliet Mayniel

Companion
mother of Allesandro

Nora Ricci Actor

Wife
Marriage annulled 1967

Shelley Winters Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Accademia Nazionale di Arti Drammatica

studied with Silvio D'Amico

Law University of Rome

Milestones

1999

Reteamed with Scola for "Tavole apparechchiate e charienti/The Dinner"

1999

Appeared in new version of "Il Mattatore" for Italian TV

1999

Had featured role in "La Bomba/Once Upon a Time in Little Italy"

1997

Recorded Italian volume of poetry written by Pope John Paul II; released c, December

1996

Delivered a fine turn as an aging crime lord in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers"

1991

Last screen collaboration with Risi (to date), "Tolgo il disturbo/I'll Be Going Now"

1990

Cast as Sinbad in Philippe DeBroca's "Sheherazade/Les 1,001 nuits/A Thousand and One Nights"

1987

Reteamed with Scola for "La Famiglia/The Family"; played dual role

1985

Last feature (to date) as director "Affabulazione"

1984

Toured USA in one-man stage show "Viva Vittorio!"

1983

With son Allesandro, co-wrote and co-starred in "Di Padre in figlio/From Father to Son"; also directed

1981

Appeared opposite Burt Reynolds in "Sharkey's Machine"

1979

Reteamed with Altman for "Quintet"

1978

Returned to US features as co-star of Robert Altman's "A Wedding"

1975

Won critical praise for his portrayal of a blind army captain in the black comedy "Profumo di donna/Scent of a Woman", directed by Risi

1972

First feature as solo director "Senza famiglia nullatenenti cercano affetto/Without Family"

1968

With Adolfo Celi, co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in "L'Alibi"

1967

Appeared opposite Shirley MacLaine in one segment of the anthology film "Woman Times Seven", directed by De Sica

1964

Essayed multiple roles in Ettore Scola's "Parliamo di donne/Let's Talk About Women"

1963

Played a short season at London's Aldwych Theatre with his Teatro Popolare Italiano

1961

Initial collaboration with Vittoria De Sica, "The Last Judgement"

1960

Directed and starred in a stage production of "Oresteia" in Syracuse, Greece

1959

Reteamed with Monicelli for "The Great War"; starred opposite Albert Sordi

1959

First of 16 films with writer-director Dino Risi, "Il Mattatore"; originally made for Italian TV

1959

Enjoyed a stage success in "Irma La Douce"

1958

Had featured role in "Big Deal on Madonna Street", directed by Mario Monicelli

1958

Founded theater company Teatro Popolare Italiano

1957

Wrote, co-directed (with Francesco Rosi) and starred in the biopic "Kean", about British actor Edmund Kean

1956

Co-starred in "War and Peace", directed by King Vidor

1954

Starred opposite then-wife Shelley Winters in "Mambo"

1952

Signed contract with MGM

1951

Reteamed with Mangano in "Anna"

1949

Breakthrough screen role opposite Silvana Mangano in "Riso amaro/Bitter Rice"

1946

Film acting debut in "Preludio d'amore"

1942

Made stage debut as member of Elsa Mellini Company

1927

Moved with family to Rome

Born in Genoa, Italy

Bonus Trivia

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"Vittorio was Italian theater--an extraordinary artist who seemed immortal." --frequent co-star Claudia Cardinale quoted in Daily Variety, June 30, 2000.

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