Friday, March 23, 2012

Remembering Ugo Tognazzi

Ottavio Tognazzi was born on March 23, 1922 in Cremona, Lombardy, Italy. Under the name Ugo Tognazzi he became one of Italy’s most acclaimed actors, often playing comedic roles. Among his films were: "Domenica è Sempre Domenica" (1958), "Barbarella" (1968), "Satyricon" (1968), "In Nome del Popolo Italiano" (1971), "La Grande Bouffe" (1973), "La Cage aux Folles" (1978) and "La Batalla de los Tres Reyes" (1990), his last film. He obtained the Cannes Best Actor Award for his performance in "La Tragedia di un Uomo Ridicolo" (1981). Ugo was married to actress Franca Bettoia [1936- ] and was the father of motion picture director Ricky Tognazzi [1955- ], director actor Thomas Robsahm [1964- ], actor Gianmarco Tognazzi [1967- ] and actress Maria Sole Tognazzi [1971- ]. Ugo appeared in four Euro-westerns “The Sheriff” (1959), “A Dollar of Fear” (1960), “The Magnificent Three” (1961) and “Don’t Touch the White Woman!” (1973). Tognazzi died from the results of a cerebral hemorrhage on October 27, 1990 in Rome. Today we remember Ugo Tognazzi on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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