Sunday, December 13, 2009

Remembering Guido Mannari


Born Guido Mannari on December 13, 1944 in Rsignano Marittimo, Tuscany, he was a very good looking, athletic actor. He debuted on screen in 1969 chosen by Mauro Bolognini for a scene in “L'assoluto naturale” (aka “She and He”) as a mechanic. At this time Mannari was playing soccer for his local team but not good enough to become a professional he turned to acting. He moved to Rome and became a model and actor. Directors and producers saw in him the possiblity of becoming a teenage idol. He appeared in the films of Pasolini, Jacques Deray and Tinto Brass. Instead of becoming a star he becomes an attractive character actor. His biggest roles was in Mario Amendola's “Storia de fratelli e de cortelli” (1974) as Gigi. He appeared in three Eurowesterns; “Blindman”, “The Brothers Blue” and “Red Coat”. He ends up making only 14 films and then returns to his home town where he died on August 10, 1988 only 44 years-old. We remember him today on what would have been his 65th birthday.

6 comments:

  1. My friend Guido died in Castiglioncello (LI) in August not in July (10 august 1988).

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  2. What did he die of?

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  3. credo per un infarto.

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  4. Does anyone know the cause of death of Guido Mannari?

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  5. In the audio commentary to Caligula, Malcolm McDowell says in the scene where he kisses Guido on the lips, that he was accused of trying piss off Guido's boyfriend, the film's producer (Franco Rossellini?). Maybe he died of AIDS. Franco died young too...perhaps from the same thing.

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  6. Very possible. By this time AIDS was never given as a cause of death. AIDS caused the immune system to break down and the victim usually died of a disease caused by the virus. One of the posts above says a possible heart attack.

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