Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Remembering Mario Carotenuto
Mario Carotenuto was born in Rome, Italy on June 29, 1915. He was the son of silent screen actor Nello Carotenuto and the younger brother of actor Memmo Carotenuto [1908-1980]. Mario was a lived a rebelious childhood and actually spent three years in a reformatory in Cairo Montenotte. Mario moved to Rome and performed on stage with Costanzi Theater. During the 1940s he worked in radio. After the war he became president of a theater magazine. It was during this decade after World War II that he entered films, mostly comedies, and appeared in more than 100 during his career. He won Italy's Silver Ribbon award as Best Actor in 1973's “Lo scopone scientifico”. During his film career Mario appeared in four Euro-westerns: “The Terror of Oklahoma” (1959), “A Dollar of Fear” (1960), “The Magnificent Brutes of the West” (1964) and “The Grandsons of Zorro” (1975). Mario died after a lengthy battle with cancer on April 14, 1995 in Rome. Today we remember Mario Carotenuto on what would have been his 95th birthday.