Monday, July 9, 2012

RIP Dino Cassio

Italian actor, and singer Dino Cassio died in Italy July 9, 2012 from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Cassio had been in a coma since late June when his health severely deteriorated.

Leonardo Cassio was born in Bari, Italy on April 2, 1934 and started his career as a vaudeville actor and character actor. He moved to Rome and Turin in 1964 where he joined the group of ‘Il Brutos’ to replace George Goshawk. The group embarked on the recording activity and continued as actors.  Since 1973 Dino pursued a solo career as an actor well as remaining a part of the Il Brutos group. He often appeared in Italian comedies.  Notable of which is “Il pap'occhio” “Non correre papa” directed by Renzo Arbore in which he sings "Non corree papa”, a parody of the melodic tearjerker songs.  One of his most famous roles was that of the priest who meets Lino Banfi in the surreal scene in “Vieni avanti cretino” (1982).  The following year he starred in “F.F.S.S.’, cioè... che mi hai portato a fare sopra a Posillipo se non mi vuoi più bene?" again directed by Renzo Arbore.  In recent years Cassio fell ill with Alzheimer's disease, and his health deteriorated at the end of June 2012, when he fell into a coma.

Dino Cassio appeared in one Euro-western “Trinity and Sartana are Coming” (1972) in the role as the sheriff.

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