Walter Chiari

Actor
Debonair leading man of light comedies by such Italian directors as Steno, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi and Nanni Loy. A former swimming and boxing champion, Chiari began his acting career in the late 1940s and first won ... Read more »
Born: 03/01/1924 in Verona, IT

Filmography

Actor (14)

Traces of a Love Life 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Romance 1985 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Zig-Zig 1973 (Movie)

Tramp (Actor)

Squeeze a Flower 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Valachi Papers 1971 (Movie)

Gap (Actor)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Made in Italy 1964 (Movie)

Enrico (Actor)

Let's Talk About Women 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Reunion 1962 (Movie)

Cesare (Actor)

Bonjour Tristesse 1958 (Movie)

Pablo (Actor)

The Little Hut 1957 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

Nana 1956 (Movie)

Fontan (Actor)

Donatella 1955 (Movie)

Guido (Actor)

Pepote 1955 (Movie)

Henchman (Actor)

Biography

Debonair leading man of light comedies by such Italian directors as Steno, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi and Nanni Loy. A former swimming and boxing champion, Chiari began his acting career in the late 1940s and first won notice for his portrayal of the cynical would-be seducer of Anna Magnani in Luchino Visconti's 1951 classic "Bellissima". He went on to appear in international films including Otto Preminger's "Bonjour Tristesse" (1957) and as Silence in Orson Welles's "Chimes at Midnight" (1966). After appearing in more than 40 plays and musicals on the Italian stage, Chiari made his Broadway debut opposite Barbara Cook in the short-lived musical "The Gay Life". By the mid-1970s his career had wound down and he attempted a comeback in the late 80s with Massmimo Mazzucco's "Romance" (1986) and Peter Del Monte's "Traces of Amorous Life" (1990).

Relationships

Lucia Bose

Companion

Ava Gardner

Companion
together 1956-59 co-starred in "The Little Hut" (1957)

Anna Magnani

Companion

Milestones

1984

Was accused of drug trafficking along with two other entertainers; case was thrown out of court

1961

Broadway stage debut in the Arthur Schwartz-Howard Dietz musical, "The Gay Life"

1958

US film debut, "Bonjour Tristesse"

1947

Film debut, "Vanita"

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