Guido Celano was born on April 19, 1904 in Francavilla a Mare, Pescara, Abruzzi, Italy. Guido came from an ancient and noble family in Francavilla al Mare. Rebellious and stubborn, after higher studies conducted in Rome, against the advice of his father he studied acting, devoting himself at first to a theatrical career. It was noted by Mario Camerini, who wanted him in the 1929 silent film rails. Subsequently, in 1931, he had a part in the film “La lanterna del diavolo”, directed by Carlo Campogalliani.
Later, in 1932, had the starring role in the film “Palio”, directed by Alessandro Blasetti, a cult film for the genre where Celano plays the part of a womanizing jockey, beside Leda Gloria.
Since then he starred in dozens of films in different roles, working in films until his death, and appearing in numerous films of various genres, often in parts in B films or as a character actor. In 1967 he made his directorial debut with two Euro-westerns, both credited with the pseudonym William First and whose script he used the famous writer Louis Silori: “The Cold Killer” and “Gun Shy Piluk”. The latter film was a considerable success in France and Germany, thanks to the good acting of Celano himself.
Several times in his long career he played the part of a policeman, acting together with Vittorio De Sica, Tino Buazzelli, Alberto Sordi, Nino Manfredi, Lando Buzzanca, Franco Nero, Massimo Ranieri, Stefano Satta Flores, Diego Abatantuono, Lino Ventura, Enrico Montesano, and Carlo Verdone.
Celano also took part in several TV drama series in the 1960s and 1970s, such as ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘I Buddenbrook’ and ‘Vivere insieme’.
He also worked as a voice actor dubbin several films.
In 1974, along with Dino de Laurentiis, Franco Cristaldi, Silvio Clementelli and Monica Vitti, he received the Gold Medal award for his lifetime in Cinema.
An avid hunter and sportsman, he lived for nearly sixty years with his wife, an actress of the silent era, known by the stage name of Tina Xeo. He died from complications of an acute peritonitis at 84 years of age on March 7, 1988 in Rome, Italy, leaving four children and eight grandchildren.
Today we remember Guido Celano on what would have been his 110th birthday.