Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy 75th Birthday Nino Castelnuovo

Francesco Castelnuovo was born in Lecco, Lombardy, Italy on October 28, 1936. After taking lessons in gymnastics and dance Nino moved to Milan where he attended the Piccolo Theatre of Giorgio Strehler. After graduating he began working in television in 1957 and appeared as a mime in "Zurlo il mago del giovedi". He then appeared in a small role in "Un maledetto imbroglio" (1959). His roles grew and the films become more important such as "The Hunchback" and "Rocco and His Brothers" (both 1960). He lands the lead role opposite Catherine Deneuve in "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (1964) which wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The film is ignored in Italy and it’s not until Castelnuovo appears on the made for TV film "I promessi sposi" (1967) that he becomes one of Italy’s most popular actors. He continued his career in a few films but mostly in TV. Nino appeared in two Euro-westerns "The Brute and the Beast" (1966) and "The 5-Man Army" (1969). Castelnuovo is retired today after he was stricken with glaucoma in 2005 and is nearly blind in both eyes today. Today we celebrate Nino Castelnuovo’s 75th birthday.

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