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Eduardo Ciannelli

Lowest Rated:   20% They Got Me Covered (1943)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Massacre at Grand Canyon
  • Actor
1976
67% The Secret of Santa Vittoria
  • Luigi Lunghetti
1969
No Score Yet 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
80% 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
100% 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 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
No Score Yet 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 Adventures of the Flying Cadets
  • Karl von Heiger
1943
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph
  • Roberto
1943
No Score Yet Flight for Freedom
  • John Salvini
1943
20% They Got Me Covered
  • Baldanacco
1943
77% 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
75% 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 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

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