Thursday, October 25, 2012

Remembering Luig Pavese

Luigi Pavese was born on October 25, 1897 in Asti, Piedmont, Italy. Luigi was an Italian film actor who appeared in 173 films between 1916 and 1970. The older brother of actor Nino Pavese [1904-1979] he debuted in films very young, playing in 1916 in two silent films directed by Roberto Roberti (the father of Sergio Leone) “La peccatrice” and  “La vampa”.

In 1921 he made his debut in the theater, being a part of different companies and continued this activity even during World War II. In the postwar years Luigi was active mainly in the cinema, playing, thanks to his talent and his brilliant authoritative look, comic figures of soldiers, officers, lawyers, notaries, doctors, commanders, accountants and betrayed husbands especially in comedies alongside Toto, Aldo Fabrizi, Renato Rascel, Walter Chiari and Alberto Sordi.

Equipped with an unmistakable tone of voice which was deep and incisive, he was also a popular voice actor, lending his voice, among others to, Anthony Quinn, Burl Ives, Frank Morgan, Fredric March and Gary Cooper as well as characters from the Disney animated films such as the Clown in “Dumbo” (1948), Boris in “Lady and the Tramp” (1955), the Newfoundland dog in “101 Dalmatians” (1961), Colonel Hathi in “The Jungle Book” (1967) and Eeyore in “Winny Pooh” (1966). Pavese also worked in several RAI television dramas of the 1950s and 1960s. Luigi appeared in three Euro-westerns “The Dream of Zorro” (1951), “For a Few Dollars Less” (1966), “God May Forgive You, Not Me” (1968). He also was the Italian voice of several actors in Euro-westerns including Jose Calvo and Daniel Martin in “Fistful of Dollars” (1964), Antonio Casas and John Bartha in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, Emilio Fernandez in “Return of the Seven” (both 1966) and Roberto Camardiel in “A Train for Durango” (1968).  Pavese died on December 13, 1969 in Rome. Today we remember Luigi Pavese on what would have been his 115th birthday.

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