ROME (AP) — Oreste Lionello, an entertainer and film dubber who was Italy's "voice" of Woody Allen, Jerry Lewis and other comic stars, died in a Rome hospital Thursday February 19, 2009 at the age of 81. Besides Allen and Lewis, other actors who were dubbed by Lionello included Peter Sellers, Marty Feldman and Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dictator." Born on July 18, 1927 in Rhodes Greece, early in his entertainment career, Lionello worked in theater as a comic actor and in cabaret, where he was noted for his imitations of veteran Italian politician Giulio Andreotti. Lionello also worked successfully as an entertainer on Italian TV in the 1970s and 1980s. Lionella is the father of actresses Luca, Cristiana and Alessia Lionello. The city of Rome planned to hold a wake for Lionello in City Hall, starting Thursday night, with a funeral in the Basilica of Santa Maria d'Ara Coeli next to city hall on Saturday.
Oreste Lionello's European Westerns:
A Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [Italian voice of Juan de Dios character]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 [Italian voice of Antonio Palombi]
The Sons of Zorro – 1968 [Italian voice of Carlo Taranto]
In the Name of the Father – 1969 (Mambo)