Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Remembering Massimo Serato

Giuseppe Segato was born on May 31, 1916 in Oderzo, Italy. He abandoned his university studies to follow an acting career. He attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and became a successful stage actor alongside his partner Anna Magnani with whom they had a son Luca. He made his film debut in 1940's "L'ispettore Vargas" ("Inspector Vargas") directed by Giaani Franciolini. He was tall, blonde with piercing eyes and mocking smile. He appeared as a Nazi officer in "The Sun Also Rises" (1946) and as a cynical and amoral bourgeoisie in the tragic "Bill of Divorcement" ( 1953 ). He’d go on to appear in over 140 films during his career including five Euro-westerns: "Gumen of the Rio Grande" (1964), "$100,000 for Ringo" (1965), "The Magnificent Texan" (1967), "Gunman in Town" (1970) and "Dead Men Ride" (1971). After appearing in all genre’s of film he turned to television and soap operas but a serious accident forced his retirement. Massimo died on December 12, 1989 in Rome. Today we remember Massimo Serato on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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