Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Remembering Umberto D'Orsi

Umberto D’Orsi was born on July 30, 1929 in Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. He graduated the university with a degree in law in 1953, but was already active in show business after at least three years of training as part of an amateur drama group and as well as an organizer of the university theater center. Vittorio Gassman offered him a part in his “Richard III” and from that moment his acting career took off.
He devoted time almost casually to the cinema and in 1962 saw his big chance by being discovered by Luciano Salce who directs him inLa cuccagna”; In the same year he also participates inIl processo di Verona” by Carlo Lizzani in which he plays his role with a great dramatic look of the hierarch fascist Luciano Gottardi.
D’Orsi was also a spokesman commercials where he gave birth to a famous caricature of Carousel, as the confusing the Belisario.
He was often seen, without a mustache, in many comedies with Franco and Ciccio, as well as an antagonist of Pippo Franco in the film, mostly famous for its curious title,Quel gran pezzo dell'Ubalda tutta nuda e tutta calda” (1972).
Umberto appeared in eight Euro-westerns from “Death Walks in Laredo (1966) as Bronson to “The Crazy Bunch” (1974) as the insane asylum director.
Umberto died on  August 31, 1976 at the age of just 47 years at the San Camillo Hospital in Rome, after a four-month hospitalization as a result of kidney disease. He was Married to actress Milly Ristori the great-granddaughter of the more famous Adelaide Ristori [1822-1906] and had recently returned to the theater in Goldoni Sior Todero Brontolon.
Today we remember Umberto D’Orsi on what would have been his 85th birthday.

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