Vittorio Gassman

Vittorio Gassman

Highest Rated: 100% The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) (1962)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)

Birthday: Sep 1, 1922

Birthplace: Genoa, Liguria, Italy

One of the most popular and versatile stars in Italy for over 40 years, handsome, flamboyant Vittorio Gassman has found tremendous success on stage and screen as an actor. Internationally, Gassman is perhaps best known as the comic star of such films as I Soliti Ignoti (Big Deal on Madonna Street) (1956) and Lo Zio Indegno (The Sleazy Uncle) (1989). Before making his film debut in the 1946 Preludio d'Amore, Gassman had established himself as a major stage star, having appeared in some 40 productions; he specialized in classical plays. He was born in Genoa, the son of an Italian mother and an Austrian father, and before entering the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Rome, studied law. It was his mother who encouraged Gassman to become an actor. In film, he started out in dramatic or romantic roles, but did not become a star until his fourth film, Giuseppe De Santis' Riso Amaro (Bitter Rice) (1949), in which he played the fugitive lover of buxom peasant Silvana Mangano. The film was an international hit as was Gassman. He had further success playing the villainous Vittorio to Mangano's Anna in Anna (1951). In 1952, Gassman headed for Hollywood to call on Shelly Winters. The two married shortly thereafter and Gassman was contracted to MGM. Appearing in such average fare as Cry of the Hunted (1953), Mambo, and Rhapsody (1954) did little to popularize him in the U.S. Gassman eventually tired of trying to make it in the States and after divorcing Winters, returned to the Italian stage. In 1956, he played Anatole in King Vidor's War and Peace and reestablished himself as a star in the Rififi parody I Soliti Ignoti. That year, Gassman also established the Teatro Popolare Italiano, his own theater troupe. The actor cut his directorial teeth with filmmaker Francesco Rosi with a biography of a famous British actor for Kean (1957). The film was not a success but did serve to add fuel to Gassman's reputation for occasionally hamming up his roles. By the 1960s, the heretofore serious actor began focusing on comedic, often satirical films. His winning of the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award for his portrayal of a sightless captain in Porfumo di Donna was a highlight in Gassman's career (the film inspired an American version, The Scent of a Woman (1992) starring Al Pacino). Gassman's film career continued in high gear through the mid-'80s with notable films including C'Eravama Tanto Amati (Those Were the Years) (1975) and Caro Papa (Dear Father) (1979), some of which, like The Nude Bomb (1980), were made in Hollywood. After 1985, Gassman began appearing in fewer films, though he did have a memorable turn as a crime lord in the tense Hollywood drama Sleepers in 1996.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Audace Colpo Dei Soliti Ignoti Actor 2015
No Score Yet Il tradimento (Double Cross) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Anima Nera Actor 2013
No Score Yet Camera D'albergo Actor 2011
No Score Yet L'Udienza (The Audience) (Papal Audience) Nobleman 2006
No Score Yet La Cena (The Dinner) Maestro Pezzullo 1998
73% Sleepers King Benny 1996
No Score Yet Abraham Terah 1994
No Score Yet Les 1001 nuits Sinbad 1990
No Score Yet Dimenticare Palermo Prince 1990
No Score Yet The Sleazy Uncle Luca 1989
No Score Yet Big Deal on Madonna Street: 20 Years Later Peppe the Panther 1988
71% La Famiglia (The Family) Carlo, as a man / Carlo's grandfather 1987
75% Life is a Bed of Roses Walter Guarini 1983
55% Tempest Alonzo 1982
86% Sharky's Machine Victor Scorelli 1981
No Score Yet The Terrace (La Terrazza) Mario 1980
17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) Nino Salvatore Sebastiani 1980
20% Quintet Saint Christopher 1979
73% A Wedding Luigi Corelli 1978
No Score Yet I Nuovi Mostri (Viva Italia!) (The New Monsters) Actor 1977
No Score Yet Anima persa (Lost Soul) (The Forbidden Room) Fabio Stolz 1977
No Score Yet Il Deserto dei Tartari (The Desert of the Tartars) Filimore 1976
No Score Yet Immortal Bachelor Andrea Sansoni 1975
No Score Yet Profumo di Donna (Scent of a Woman) (That Female Scent) Il capitano Fausto Consolo Alessandro 1974
No Score Yet We All Loved Each Other So Much Gianni 1974
No Score Yet La Tosca Actor 1973
No Score Yet Brancaleone alle crociate, (Brancaleone at the Crusades) Actor 1972
No Score Yet In nome del popolo italiano (In the Name of the Italian People) Lorenzo Santenocito 1971
No Score Yet Scipione detto anche l'africano (Scipio the African) Catone 1971
No Score Yet 12 + 1 (The 13 Chairs) (Twelve Plus One) Mike 1969
No Score Yet The Prophet Actor 1968
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven Cenci 1967
No Score Yet Catch as Catch Can Bob Chiaramonte 1967
No Score Yet The Tiger and the Pussycat Francesco Vincenzini 1967
No Score Yet L'armata Brancaleone (For Love and Gold) Brancaleone 1966
No Score Yet Hard Time For Princes (La congiuntura) Actor 1965
No Score Yet I Mostri Policeman #2 1963
No Score Yet L'amore difficile (Sex Can Be Difficult) (Sex Can Be Difficult) Tullio ["L'Avaro"/The Miser] 1963
No Score Yet Il Successo Giulio Ceriani 1963
89% Barabbas Sahak 1962
100% The Easy Life (Il sorpasso) Bruno Cortona 1962
No Score Yet Ghosts Of Rome (fantasmi A Roma) Caparra 1961
No Score Yet The Last Judgement (Il giudizio universale) Actor 1961
No Score Yet The Brigand Actor 1961
89% Big Deal on Madonna Street (I Soliti Ignoti) Peppe 1960
No Score Yet Il mattatore (Love and Larceny) Gerardo Latini 1960
No Score Yet La grande guerra Giovanni Busacca 1959
No Score Yet The Miracle Guido 1959
43% War and Peace Anatol Anatole 1956
No Score Yet Beautiful But Dangerous (La Donna Piu Bella del Mondo) Prince Sergei 1955
No Score Yet Rhapsody Paul Bronte 1954
No Score Yet Mambo Mario Rossi 1954
No Score Yet Cry of the Hunted Jory 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Wall Peter Kaban 1953
No Score Yet La tratta delle bianche (Frustrations) Actor 1952
No Score Yet La corona negra (Black Crown) Actor 1952
No Score Yet Anna Vittorio 1951
100% Bitter Rice (Riso amaro) Walter 1949
No Score Yet La marcia su Roma (March on Rome) Actor


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