Friday, September 19, 2014

Remembering Gennarino Pappagalli

Gennarino Pappagalli was born Primo Di Gennaro on September 19, 1909 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He begins to appear in films during the 1970s in various supporting and character roles in numerous films , including such Euro-westerns as “Gunman in Town”, ( 1970 ), “The Magnificent West”, ( 1972 ), by Gianni Crea.
In the following years, thanks to the particular features of his face, he quickly became an interpreter of roles of wealthy men or senior executives in a variety of films, even being "branded" as a look-alike of the lawyer Giovanni Agnelli, former president of FIAT. The best-known films in which he took part were the “Cat O 'Nine Tails”, (1971), by Dario Argento and “Fantozzi contro tutti”, (1980), for Neri Parenti.
Gennarino appeared in eleven Euro-westerns. Besides those mentioned above his other well-known westerns were: “Return of Sabata” (1971), “Man of the East” (1972), “Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears” (1973).
The last film in which he appeared was in 1983’s, “I predatori di Atlantide” from then on he has dropped out of sight and there had been no news of him until his death on August 9, 1990 in Rome.
Today we remember Gennarino Pappagalli on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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