Thursday, April 15, 2010

RIP Raimondo Vianello

Raimondo Vianello who was a familiar face and a reassuring presence to all Italians passed away in Milan today at the age of 87. Vianello was born on May 7, 1922 in Rome and was a part of the history of Italian films and television. He appeared in 79 films between 1947 and 1968. His irony and wit were his key ingredients to any film he was in. He was usually teamed with an other comedian such as Walter Chiarri or Lando Buzzanca. He was married to actress Sandra Mondaini and there marriage was one of the strongest of Italian film couples. After his film career started to falter Raimond became a familiar face on television as a presenter and he along with his wife had their own TV sitcom “Casa Vianello” from 1988 to 2007. Raimondon appeared in six Euro-westerns during his screen career: “The Magnificent Three” (1961), “The Terrible Sheriff” (1962), “Twins from Texas” (1964), “Heroes of the West” (1965), “For a Few Dollars Less” (1966), and “Rebels on the Loose” (1966).

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