Sunday, April 5, 2009
Remembering Gianni Rizzo
Giovanni Rizzo was born in Brandisi, Italy on April 5, 1924. He first appeared on film in 1944 “Macario contro Zagomar” directed by Giorgio Ferroni. He was perfect in playing government officials, senators and emperors in the Sword and Sandal films of the 1950s. He then appeared in several Spaghetti Westerns playing judges, town officials and crooked bankers. He retired from film after his 1982 appearance in “Le nom de la rose” directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Gianni Rizzo died in Rome on February 4, 1992. We remember him today on what would have been his 85th birthday.