Thursday, April 10, 2014

Remembering Aldo Giuffre

Adolfo ‘Aldo’ Giuffrè was born on April 10, 1924 in Naples, Campania, Italy. The brother of actor Carlo Giuffre [1928- ] he spent long apprenticeship that allowed him to experiment with different styles of expression, developing a versatility that made him swing with ease from comedy to drama. His theatrical debut was in 1942 with the company of Eduardo De Filippo, who would have been for him, “il primo e l'unico maestro".
He entered radio when not yet twenty, when he was hired at the headquarters in Naples as an announcer. He then transferred to RAI in Rome, in Via Asiago he announced on April 25, 1945, the end of World War II.
Aldo returned to Naples, where he played from 1946 to 1950 in the company of Eduardo De Filippo (Filumena Marturano, Questi fantasmi!, Le bugie con le gambe lunghe, Le voci di dentro, La grande magia, La paura numero uno) with whom he remained until 1952, leaving her once in a while to play, despite its artistic past " dialect", the great classics of the stage like Chekhov and Goldoni, in the elaboration of Anna Magnani and Luchino Visconti.In the 1972-73 theater season he realized his dream of playing with his brother Carlo in the comedy “Un coperto di più” by Maurizio Costanzo with whom he later formed a company.
He first appeared in 1947, while still working with Eduardo De Filippo. He made his debut in the drama “Assunta Spina” by Mario Mattioli, proving to be able to experiment with intensity in the genre. He worked as a character actor in other various movies, including “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” by Vittorio De Sica (1963) and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) by Sergio Leone , until he was able to take part in the sex comedies in the 1970s. His last film appearance was in “La repubblica di San Gennaro” by Massimo Costa (2003).
From 1960s he devoted himself mainly to television conducting some variety programs thanks to his acting skills that were revealed to the public on the small screen in numerous appearances in dramas.
In the early 1980s a throat operation deprived him of his mellow Neapolitan voice, but did not prevent him from continuing his acting career.
Aldo died at age 86 in Ospedale San Filippo in Rome on the night of June 27, 2010 following an operation for peritonitis.
Aldo appeared in not only “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) as Captain Clinton but previously in “Two Mafiamen in the Far West” (1964) as a defense attorney. Giuffrè also dubbed the Italian voices of Tomàs Torres in “Yankee” (1966) of Gianni Rizzo in “Run, Man, Run” (1967) and Pedro Sanchez in “Sabata” (1969).
Today we remember Adolfo Giuffrè on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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