Umberto D’Orsi was born in Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy on July 30, 1929. Even though he held a law degree in 1953 he was more interested in acting and appeared with several theatrical troupes in the midl-1950s. He then entered the world of cinema and became one of the best character actors of the Italian Golden Age of cinema in the early 1960s and 1970s. He appeared in 10-15 films every year, usually in small part roles and in B-movies.
Standing 5 foot 10 inches tall he played many roles from grotesque to dramatic, totaling over 130 films during his career. He was best remembered for films like “Il giovedì” (1964), “Il Gaucho, La parmigiana” (1963), “La pecora nera” (1968), and for his role in “I complessi” (1965), where he acted with Nino Manfredi. D’Orsi appeared in eight Euro-westerns always in supporting roles and was often used as comic relief.
His career was at its zenith when he suddenly was only 47 when he suddenly died from kidney failure on August 31, 1976.
D’ORSI, Umberto (aka Umberto Dorsi) [7/30/1929, Trieste, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy – 8/31/1976, Rome, Lazio, Italy (kidney failure)] – theater, film, TV actor, married to actress Milly Ristori (Emilia Ristori) (19??-1976) father of Patrizia D’Orsi, Antonella D’Orsi, Emanuele D’Orsi),
Death Walks in
A Fistful of Songs – 1966 (Nonno) [as Umberto Dorsi]
The Two Sons of Ringo – 1966 (Major Simpson)
The Nephews of Zorro – 1968 (ship captain)
The Return of Hallelujah – 1972 (Phil Ferguson)
The Man Called Invincible – 1973 (Archibald McPherson/McPiedish)
Shanghai Joe – 1973 (poker player)
The Crazy Bunch – 1974 (asylum director)