The actor Riccardo Garrone has died
He would have turned 90 years old in November
By Elena Masuelli
He sustained a long career of nearly 60 years and more than 200 films that have made history in the Italian cinema and a resurgence in popularity after many years on TV. Riccardo Garrone died in a hospital Milan, he would have turned 90 years old in November. Unforgettable was his face, from the many films in black and white directed by the greatest directors, up to the role of St. Peter in a TV spot, which had also made him famous among children. Spontaneous and never divo, ironically commenting on the fact that people stop him on the street: "I wonder how you are up there, or to intercede with the Eternal Father." He spent his whole life with the same partner, his wife Maria Grazia 60 years of marriage: "A great good fortune. He has patience, but scolds me for my laziness when not working - told -. She is from Milan, I’m from Rome". He smiled commenting on the image of their neighbors, he one meter and 87, she a meter and 48: "Small and tough." He was the brother of the director and screenwriter Sergio Garrone, with whom he also worked.
After studying at the dramatic academy "Silvio D'Amico", chosen because all those who were going to eat in the restaurant of his grandmother told him "that one is so beautiful he could only be an actor," he began acting in the theater with the company Gassman- Torrieri-Zareschi, then with the Morelli-Stoppa company, directed by Luchino Visconti.
His cinema debut was with Mario Mattioli’s (Adamo ed Evea), he then worked on the set with all the big names, from Fellini (La Dolce Vita, Il bidone) Mario Monicelli (Il medico e lo stregone, Padri e figli) Luigi Zampa (Il vigile), Ettore Scola (Se permettete parliamo di donne, La cena), Damiano Damiani (La rimpatriata), Nanni Loy (Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti).
Among his most remembered roles: the priest Don Fulgencio in Venezia, la luna e tu, , il fusto in Belle ma povere, the police officer in the Guardia, guardia scelta, brigadiere e maresciallo Bolognini, l’amico sciupafemmine Alberto Sordi who steals your heart Claudia Cardinale in a Bello, onesto, emigrato, one of the films he loved to recall. Also the character of the surveyor in Calboni Fantozzi subisce ancora, the cast of Natale dei fratelli Vanzina.
In 1998 plays the role of Nicola Solari in the television series Un medico in famiglia. He will again reprise the role in 2004, in the fourth season, but will take part in only two episodes. In the TV series Anna e i cinque, with Sabrina Ferilli, from 2008 to 2011 was the father-patriarch Nicola Ferrari.
In 1990 he played at the Teatro Sistina in a musical comedy Aggiungi un posto a tavola as the voice of God. Among the many characters which he lent his voice as a voice to Lucifer in Puss in Boots, Fido in Lady and the Tramp, Dr. Watson in Sherlock Hound, the evil teddy bear Lotso in Toy Story 3 movie - the great escape.
Born: 11/1/1926, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 3/14/2016, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Riccardo Garrone’s westerns – actor:
Deguello - 1965 (Foran) [as Dick Regan]
Two Sergeants of General Custer - 1965 (spy)
The Bang Bang Kid - 1967 (Killer Kossock)
If You Want to Live... Then Shoot! - 1967 (Donovan) [as Rick Garrett]
No Room to Die - 1969 (Fargo)
Zorro the Lawman – 1969
A Man Called Sledge - 1970 (warden)
What am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution? - 1971 (Peppino)
The Return of Halleluja – 1972 (Zagaya)
Sting of the West – 1972 (sheriff)
The Rough and Ready Cowboy (TV) – 1973-1974 [Italian additional voices]
The Crazy Bunch - 1974 (Frisco Joe)