Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Who Are Those Guys? - Silvio Bagolini

Silvio Bagolini was born on August 4, 1914 in Bologna, Italy. He attained a degree in architecture before attending Il Centro Sperimentale (Experimental Center of Cinematography) in Rome. He then entered films and specialized in naive and sympathetic character roles in the ‘30s and ‘40s. His facial features and high pitched voice allowed him to convey awkward and shy characters with inner sensitivity. Probably his best remembered performance was in “Un ettaro di cielo” with Marcello Mastroianni in 1959. Mastroianni plays a con-artist selling unsuspected villagers each an acre of heaven. Bagolini’s disarming candor forces the swindler to become self aware and change his ways and to follow the road of righteousness. Silvio appeared in over 140 films and TV appearances between 1936 and his retirement in 1973. Among them were 11 westerns including “Vengeance is Mine” with Gianni Garko, “Killer Caliber .32" with Peter Lee Lawrence, “Two R-R-Ringos from Texas” with Franco and Ciccio, “Arizona Returns” with Anthony Steffen and “Judge Roy Bean” with Robert Hundar. Silvio Bagolini died on September 26, 1976 in his hometown of Bologna and is remembered as one of the great character actors of Italian cinema.

BAGOLINI, Silvio[8/4/1914, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy - 9/26/1976, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy] - stage, TV actor.

Il bandolero stanco - 1952 (Fred’s accomplice)
Zorro the Rebel - 1966 (Rojo)
Vengeance is Mine - 1967 (Sheriff of Albuquerque)
Killer Caliber .32 - 1967
Two R-R-Ringos from Texas - 1967 (Willy)
Full House for the Devil - 1968 (gunrunner)
Black Jack - 1968 (printer)
Death on High Mountain - 1969 (Stevens)
Arizona Colt Returns - 1970 (doctor)
Kill Django... Kill First - 1971 (Thomas Livingstone)
Judge Roy Bean - 1971 (Joe Picadilly)

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