Adolfo Celi was born July 27, 1922 in Messina, Sicily, Italy. Celi became an Italian actor and small time director and writer. He was educated at Romes Academy of Fine Arts. Starting in the early 1940s, he spent nearly two decades as a stage actor in Brazil and Argentina, where he also owned shares in a casting agency. Throughout his later career as a film actor, Adolfo accumulated over 100 credits, including the villain Emilio Largo in the James Bond film “Thunderball” and “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (both 1965), “And Then There Were None” (1974), “The Borgias” (1981). Celi appeared in in two Euro-westerns: “Yankee” (1966) and “Death Sentence” (1967). Adolfo spoke many languages but was often dubbed in his movies because of his strong accent. Adolfo was married to acrtreses Tônia Carrero [1922- ] (1951-1962), Marília Branco [1942- ] (1963-196?), Marília Branco [1938- ] (1966-1986), and is the father of producer, director, assistant director, cinematographer Leonardo Celi [1968- ], and actress Alessandra Celi [1970- ]. He died of a heart attack at the age of 64 in Siena, Italy on February 19, 986. Today we remember Adolfo Celi today on what would have been his 90th birthday.
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