Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Mimmo Craig


Guglielmo Giuseppe Craig was born in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy on June 10, 1925. He made his debut in the theater after World War II with Remigio Paone's Compagnia Errepi . At the end of the fifties he was part of the company of Dario Fo , in the shows Thieves, mannequins and naked women (1958) and The archangels do not play pinball (1959).

In the following decade he worked at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan with Giorgio Strehler , and among the shows in which he participated we remember Patatine di contour , by Arnold Wesker, directed by Raffaele Maiello (1966), La moscheta , by Ruzante (1970), Il bagno , by Vladimir Mayakovskij (1972) and The great magic , by Eduardo De Filippo (1985). He also played lighter roles, such as the one in the brilliant show A girl fell into my plate (1969), alongside Domenico Modugno , Paola Quattrini and Enrica Bonaccorti.

On the big screen he made his debut with small parts in the early 1950s alongside Renato Rascel, later appearing only occasionally in non-major roles, and also in two drama films directed by Carlo Lizzani.

In the sixties he gained great popularity on television in the Carosello Olio Sasso (between 1963 and 1976), in which he played a thin man who had a recurring nightmare, that of becoming fat. At the end of the dream, with the musical background of the morning , taken from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg , he exclaimed the slogan The belly is gone , which became a smash hit at the time.

On the small screen he also appeared in some originals and scripts from 1967, while his last television appearance was in 2004 in Benedetti dal Signore , on Canale 5 , with Ezio Greggio and Enzo Iacchetti . His activity as a voice actor was occasional: he lent his voice to some cartoon series (especially in Monciccì ) and was the voice of Nicholas Colasanto in the American sitcom Cheers.

Mimmo Craig died in Milan on 8 September 2016: he had long been hospitalized in a nursing home.

CRAIG, Mimmo (Guglielmo Giuseppe Craig) [6/10/1925, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy - 9/8/2016, Milan, Lombardy, Italy] – theater, film, TV, voice actor.

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