Monday, March 2, 2009

Remembering Dante Maggio

Dante Maggio was born in Naples, Italy on March 2, 1909. He was born into a family of stage and film actors including brothers Enzo, Beniamino, Pupella and Rosalia, and nephew Vincenzo Maggio. He started his acting career in the theater with his siblings interpreting Neapolitan comedies. He began his film career in 1947 and often worked with Italian comedian and actor Toto. Later in his film career he appeared in a number of Spaghetti Westerns sometimes using the alias Dan May. He often appeared as comic relief playing bartenders and sidekicks. He played the carpenter who was the cellmate of Gian Maria Volonte’s ‘El Indio’ in FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. Dante died on March 3, 1992 at the age of 83. We remember Dante Maggio today on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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