Ernesto Colli was born in Biella, Piedmont, Italy on May 16, 1940. Colli graduated from liceo classico, then he started acting in some amateur dramatics and starred in two lost Super 8 films. After one year of university he decided to abandon his studies to enroll the Fersen Drama School in Rome.
A real life friend of Vittorio Gassman, Colli often acted alongside him, especially on stage, and he made his film debut playing a small role in the Gassman's film “The Devil in Love” He then appeared in a large number of movies and TV-series, uually in character roles. Colli was mostly active in films during the 1970s. Equipped with a particularly disturbing face, Ernesto Colli always appeared in customized roles written specifically for him, from the crazy to the delinquent and from the possessed to the weird; probably the films where he had a most significant part was ‘The Pleasure Shop on 7th Avenue” and in ‘Deadly Inheritance”.
The last role he played was that of a porter of a stable in Rome, in the movie “Pierino La Peste Alla Riscossa!”, shot a few months before his death and in which he already appeared with the face and the physique brought on by disease. Colli died in Rome, Italy on November 19, 1982/
COLLI, Ernesto (aka Ernest Arold) [5/16/1940, Biella, Piedmont, Italy – 11/19/1982, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, TV actor.
Kill the Poker Player – 1972 (Doctor Torres/Norton)
Red Coat – 1975 (photographer)