Friday, September 29, 2023

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Ciccio Barbi

 [These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Alfio Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Barbi was born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy on January 19, 1919. As Ciccio Barbi he appeared in nearly 70 films from 1943’s “L'ultima carrozzella” directed by Mario Mattoli and starring Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani.

A reliable character actor, he began his career in avant-garde theater and fortobustas, where he worked with Erminio Macario and Totò, moving into Italian cinema in the early 1940s,

After taking part in about sixty films between 1951 and 1962, he switched to television in the early sixties, appearing frequently in episodes of the historic ‘Carosello’. In 1968 he appeared in the drama “La freccia nera” directed by Anton Giulio Majano and in Franco Brusati's film “Tenderly”, in minor roles. He starred in his last film on the big screen in 1977’s “Orazi e Curiazi 3 – 2” directed by Giorgio Mariuzzo which starred Elio Pandolfi and Francesco Mulè.

Barbi also worked as a voice dubber on over a dozen Italian films.

Ciccio died in Rome, on November 26, 1992 at the age of 73.

His only Spaghetti western film was as Armando in “I magnifici tre” (The Magnificent Three) in 1961, which starred Walter Chiari, Ugo Tognazzi and Raimondo Vianello.

BARBI, Ciccio (aka Alfio Barbi) (Alfio Francesco Barbi) [1/19/1919, Turin, Piedmont, Italy – 11/26/1992, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – theater, film, TV, voice actor.

The Magnificent Three – 1961 (Armando)

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