20th Century Fox released different language versions of 1930’s “The Big Trail” for distribution in foreign countries. Among them was an Italian release starring Franco Corsaro as Gianni Coleman which was played by John Wayne in the American version. Frank was born Vittorio Felipe in New York City on August 19, 1900. His family were Italian immigrants and he spoke Italian fluently. Corsaro had bit roles in films stretching back as early as 1931, including uncredited roles in “The Mark of Zorro” and “Roman Holiday” and an appearance in “Casablanca”. He even played the role of Genco Abbandando in “The Godfather” but his scene was cut and only reinstated in television versions. Frank also had a prominent role in the famous 1956 ‘Red Wine’ episode of “I Love Lucy”. Frank died in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 1982.
CORSARO, Franco (aka Franko Carsarro, Frank Corsero) (Vittorio Felipe) [8/19/1900, New York City, New York, U.S.A. – 8/19/1982, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.] – theater, film, TV, voice actor, singer, musician.
The Big Trail – 1930 (Gianni Coleman)