Domenico ‘Mimo’ Gilli was born in Imola, Emilio-Romagna, Italy on March 21, 1910. In the 1950s and 1960s he appeared in various character roles in numerous Italian comedy and musical films. He was also seen in soap operas and television in 1964, he played the role of a host in the television drama ‘Les Miserables’ (1964).
According to some sources, was born in Bologna not in Imola and in 1915 instead of 1910. After college he moved to Bergamo then on to Genoa and finally to Rome. He found work in the film industry as a production secretary.
From 1935 to 1946 he lived in Africa where he had gone with its own touring theater company to perform in Abyssinia, Somalia and Eritrea.
Mimo enlisted as a volunteer at the outbreak of World War II, but was taken prisoner at the battle of Agordat and was able to return to Italy after the conclusion of the war. Mimo returned to the film industry again as a production secretary and then appeared in small roles in several films and also appeared in some stage productions. Some of his best remembered films include “Il moralista” (1959), “The Story of Joseph and His Brethren” (1962), “Gidget Goes to Rome” (1963), “Mandragola” (1966). Billi appeared in only two Euro-westerns: “The Sign of Zorro” (1962) and “Adios Gringo” (1965)
Most of his career has been spent on television where he’s appeared in many ‘soap operas’ where he
found the hearts of the Italian viewing public.
Mimo Billi died in Rome, Italy on November 26, 1974.
BILLI, Mimo (aka Giacomo Billi, James Billi, Mimmo Billi) (Giacomo Billi) [3/21/1910, Imola, Emilio- Romagna, Italy - 11/26/1974, Rome, Lazio, Italy] - TV actor.
The Sign of Zorro - 1962
Adios Gringo - 1965