Alessandro ‘Sandro’ Ruffini was born on September 21, 1889 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He began his acting career giving recitations with Ettore Paladini, Virgilio Talli and Forzano, before founding his own company with Ricci, Beltramo and Tricerri.
Among his best stage performances, Friar Lawrence in “Romeo and Juliet” (1948) directed by Simoni, Cassius in “Julius Caesar” (1949) staged by Salvini and Squarzina and “Henry IV” (1959) in the homonymous tragedy by Shakespeare directed by Strehler.
Defined by Ruggeri as one of the best Italian actors, he was gifted with a beautiful voice, which made him one of the busiest voice actors of the 1930s and 1940s (he was the refined voice of Leslie Howard in “Gone with the Wind” and Charlie Chaplin in “Limelight”) and an acclaimed radio actor. He carried out the work as a voice actor until the early 1950s.
He was a member of the First Company of the radio drama EIAR in 1932, in Rome. He was directed by all the greatest directors of the radio era, from Majano in Morandi, by Taricco Masserano to Pavolini, and performed an extensive list of repertoire classics.
In 1953 he was the protagonist in a series of weekly episodes of Sherlock Holmes, the investigator in “The Investigation of Arthur Conan Doyle” directed by Anton Giulio Majano.
He was also the star of the radio series “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” (1953) and lent his voice to some documentary radio as well as poetry readings. Among his last interpretations on radio, “Don Juan Tenorio” by Zorrilla and Moral and “Waiting for Godot” by Beckett (1954).
Sandro appeared in a silent Euro-western: “The Whirl of Destiny” in 1913 playing Count Alberto Ortensi.
Ruffini died in November 29, 1954 from cerebral thrombosis.
Today we remember Sandro Ruffini on what would have been his 115th birthday.