Eduardo Ciannelli

Eduardo Ciannelli

Highest Rated: 100% The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Lowest Rated: 20% MacKenna's Gold (1969)

Birthday: Aug 30, 1889

Birthplace: Not Available

Italian-born actor Eduardo Ciannelli was mostly known for his sinister gangster roles, but he first rose to fame as an opera singer and musical comedy star! The son of a doctor who operated a health spa, Ciannelli was expected to follow his father's footsteps into the medical profession, and to that end studied at the University of Naples. Launching his career in grand opera as a baritone, Ciannelli came to the U.S. after World War I, where he was headlined in such Broadway productions as Rose Marie and Lady Billy. He switched to straight acting with the Theatre Guild in the late 1920s, co-starring with luminaries like the Lunts and Katherine Cornell. Cianelli's resemblance to racketeer Lucky Luciano led to his being cast as the eloquent but deadly gangster Trock Estrella in Maxwell Anderson's Winterset, the role that brought him to Hollywood on a permanent basis (after a couple of false starts) in 1936. He followed up the film version of Winterset with a Luciano-like role in the Bette Davis vehicle Marked Women (1937), then did his best to avoid being typed as a gangster. After inducing goosebumps in Gunga Din (1939) as the evil Indian cult leader ("Kill for the love of Kali!"), Ciannelli did an about-face as the lovable, effusive Italian speakeasy owner in Kitty Foyle (1940)--and was nominated for an Oscar in the process. During the war, the actor billed himself briefly as Edward Ciannelli, and in this "guise" brought a measure of dignity to his title role in the Republic serial The Mysterious Dr. Satan (1945). He returned to Italy in the 1950s to appear in European films and stage productions, occasionally popping up in Hollywood films as ageing Mafia bosses and self-made millionaires. In 1959, he was seen regularly as a nightclub owner on the TV detective series Johnny Staccato. Had he lived, Eduardo Ciannelli would have been ideal for the starring role in 1972's The Godfather, as he proved in a similar assignment in the 1968 Mafia drama The Brotherhood.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Massacre at Grand Canyon Actor 1976
67% The Secret of Santa Vittoria Luigi Lunghetti 1969
20% MacKenna's Gold Prairie Dog 1969
No Score Yet Stiletto Don Andrea 1969
No Score Yet Boot Hill Judge Boone 1969
75% The Brotherhood Don Peppino 1968
83% The Chase Actor 1966
No Score Yet The Visit Innkeeper 1964
No Score Yet 40 Pounds of Trouble Actor 1963
64% Houseboat Arturo Zaccardi 1958
No Score Yet The Monster from Green Hell Mahri 1958
No Score Yet Helen of Troy Andros 1956
No Score Yet Uomini ombra Actor 1954
No Score Yet Mambo Giovanna's Father 1954
86% I Vinti, (Youth and Perversion) (The Vanquished) Claudio's father 1953
No Score Yet Volcano Giulio 1953
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara Knuckles Lanzetta 1951
No Score Yet Prince of Foxes Art dealer 1949
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way Maxim Cordova 1948
No Score Yet The Creeper Dr. Van Glock 1948
No Score Yet Lost Moment Father Rinaldo 1947
No Score Yet California Padre 1946
No Score Yet Heartbeat Baron Dvorak 1946
97% Gilda Bendolin 1946
No Score Yet Joe Palooka, Champ Florini 1946
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Warning, (Doctor's Warning) Nick Petroni 1945
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Mayor Nasta 1945
No Score Yet Dillinger Marco Minelli 1945
100% The Mask of Dimitrios Marukakis 1944
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille Chief Engineer 1944
No Score Yet The Conspirators Almeida 1944
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph Roberto 1943
No Score Yet Flight for Freedom John Salvini 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Baldanacco 1943
71% For Whom the Bell Tolls Actor 1943
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever Boss Greer 1942
No Score Yet Cairo Ahmed Ben Hassan 1942
No Score Yet Dr. Broadway Actor 1942
No Score Yet They Met in Bombay Hotel Manager 1941
No Score Yet Sky Raiders Felix Lynx 1941
No Score Yet Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Count Brett 1941
80% Kitty Foyle Giono 1940
67% The Mummy's Hand High Priest 1940
94% Foreign Correspondent Krug 1940
75% Strange Cargo Telez 1940
No Score Yet Mysterious Dr. Satan Actor 1940
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond's Bride Henri Armides 1939
92% Gunga Din Guru 1939
No Score Yet Blind Alibi Mitch 1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld Rocky 1938
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Comes Back Actor 1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth Prof. Horman 1937
100% Marked Woman Johnny Vanning 1937
No Score Yet Winterset Trock 1936
No Score Yet The Scoundrel Maurice Stern 1935


No Score Yet Ironside
John Danione 1969
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Jack Rycher 1967
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Luchek 1966
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Fingers 1966
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Priest Bleeker 1962
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Anthony "Pop" Renzi 1958
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Mr. Martinelli 1956


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