Giustino Durano was born on May 5, 1923 in Brindisi, Italy and was a long time movie actor who is best known for his work as Eliseo Orefice in the 1997 film, “Life Is Beautiful”. For his role he was nominated in part for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance.
The movie is centered on his nephew Guido and his son Giosuè. In the movie he is the head waiter of a hotel dining room. As racial turmoil begins erupting in Italy against Jews, the waiter, his nephew and the nephew's son are taken to a concentration camp. While at the camp, he was separated from his nephew and later killed in a gas chamber along with several other elderly people.
Durano appeared in over 40 films and TV appearances from 1956 until 2003. Among those appearances was one Euro-western “The Bang Bang Kid” (1967) where he played Hotchkiss.
Durano died of cancer on February 18, 2002 in Bologna, Italy. Today we remember Giustino Durano on what would have been his 90th birthday.