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Alberto Sordi was an Italian actor and film director

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BirthdayJune 15, 1920
Died onFebruary 25, 2003
NationalityItalian
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
SiblingsAurelia Sordi, Joseph Sordi, Savina Sordi
Birth PlaceRome
GenderMale
FatherPeter Sordi
MotherMaria Righetti
Sun SignGemini
Born inRome
Famous asItalian actor
Died at Age82

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Who is Alberto Sordi?

Popularly known as Albertone, Alberto Sordi was one of the most popular Italian actor and film directors. One of the icons of the post war Italian cinema, Sordi captivated audiences with his satires, which included black comedies, grim drama and farcical tales. A recipient of Golden Globe Award, Sordi was also the voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the ‘Laurel and Hardy’ films. He received the training for theatre in Milan. Later, he returned to Rome and worked in radio and musical halls in comedy shows. His first leading role was in the film ‘The Three Pilots’. He was credited for creating several popular characters like ‘Signor Coso’, ‘Mario Pio’ and ‘Conte Claro’. He was renowned for his ability to represent despicable characters on screen. With his brilliant acting, he made all of these characters appear believable. For his noteworthy contribution to Italian cinema, on his 80th birthday, he was nominated as the honorary mayor of the city of Rome for a day. He was a long time partner of actress Andreina Pagnani. In his long film career, he acted in around 190 films. Some of these films are still considered as valuable asset in the history of Italian cinema.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born in Rome to a musician and a schoolteacher, Sordi enrolled himself in Milan’s dramatic art academy, but was expelled due to his Roman accent, which later proved to be a trademark and blessing for him.

Career

He started his film career in the late 1930s, by playing secondary characters in wartime movies. After the war was over, he worked as a dubber for the Italian version of ‘Laurel and Hardy’ shorts where he voiced as Hardy.

In 1948, he pursued a career at the Radio where he started the program ‘Vi parla Alberto Sordi’. As part of this program, he created some popular characters that appeared in some of his famous films later.

In 1951, he acted in the lead role for the film ‘Mamma Mia, Che Impressione’ (‘Dear me, what a fright’). The story of this film was written by him. Later, his meeting with Fedeico Fellini was a turning point in his film career.

In 1952, he acted in ‘The White Sheik’. In the next year, he represented the character of a weak and immature loafer in ‘I vitelloni’. In the film ‘The Bachelor’, he portrayed the role of a single man in search of his love.

In 1959, he acted in ‘The Great War’, a comedy film, which according to many critics and film historians was one of the best Italian comedies. He also acted in the World War II comedy ‘The Best of Enemies’ with actor David Niven.

His acting skills in comedy film ‘I complessi’ in 1965, earned him critical acclaim as an actor. In the same year, another of his film ‘To Bed or Not to Bed’ was released. He gained much popularity for his stellar performance in this comedy film.

In 1969, he became a member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival. He was also remarkable in dramatic roles. In 1977, he acted in ‘An Average Little Man’ in which he played an elderly who sets out to take revenge as he has lost his son in an armed robbery.

In 1984, he directed and co-scripted the film ‘Off to jail, everybody’. He also acted in the film, and played the role of a judge who has warrants for corruption served on ministers and businessmen.

Major Works

His film ‘In Prison Awaiting Trial’, released in 1971, was an Italian drama film, for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award in the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival. In it he played the role of an emigrant convicted unjustly.

His film ‘The Scientific Cardplayer’, released in 1972, was an Italian drama film under the direction of Luigi Comencini. In this film, he played the role of a sub-proletarian engaged in endless card games.

Awards & Achievements

He received a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his film ‘II diavolo’, released in 1963. This award brought him wide recognition by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Personal Life & Legacy

Being a loner, he enjoyed a quiet life with his dogs and his two sisters. He announced his retirement in 2002, and used to stay in a villa situated near the Caracalla Baths.

He passed away shortly before his eighty-third birthday as a result of a heart attack. A huge crowd attended his funeral ceremony by the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Trivia

Less than a week after the death of this multi talented personality, the mayor of Rome renamed one of the main central gallery streets after him to honor his memory.

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Alberto Sordi awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1964Best Actor - Comedy or MusicalIl diavolo (1963)

Alberto Sordi biography timelines

  • // 15th Jun 1920
    Born in Rome to a musician and a schoolteacher, Sordi enrolled himself in Milan’s dramatic art academy, but was expelled due to his Roman accent, which later proved to be a trademark and blessing for him.
  • // 1948
    In 1948, he pursued a career at the Radio where he started the program ‘Vi parla Alberto Sordi’. As part of this program, he created some popular characters that appeared in some of his famous films later.
  • // 1951
    In 1951, he acted in the lead role for the film ‘Mamma Mia, Che Impressione’ (‘Dear me, what a fright’). The story of this film was written by him. Later, his meeting with Fedeico Fellini was a turning point in his film career.
  • // 1952
    In 1952, he acted in ‘The White Sheik’. In the next year, he represented the character of a weak and immature loafer in ‘I vitelloni’. In the film ‘The Bachelor’, he portrayed the role of a single man in search of his love.
  • // 1959
    In 1959, he acted in ‘The Great War’, a comedy film, which according to many critics and film historians was one of the best Italian comedies. He also acted in the World War II comedy ‘The Best of Enemies’ with actor David Niven.
  • // 1963
    He received a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his film ‘II diavolo’, released in 1963. This award brought him wide recognition by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
  • // 1965
    His acting skills in comedy film ‘I complessi’ in 1965, earned him critical acclaim as an actor. In the same year, another of his film ‘To Bed or Not to Bed’ was released. He gained much popularity for his stellar performance in this comedy film.
  • // 1969
    In 1969, he became a member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival. He was also remarkable in dramatic roles. In 1977, he acted in ‘An Average Little Man’ in which he played an elderly who sets out to take revenge as he has lost his son in an armed robbery.
  • // 1971
    His film ‘In Prison Awaiting Trial’, released in 1971, was an Italian drama film, for which he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award in the 22nd Berlin International Film Festival. In it he played the role of an emigrant convicted unjustly.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, he directed and co-scripted the film ‘Off to jail, everybody’. He also acted in the film, and played the role of a judge who has warrants for corruption served on ministers and businessmen.
  • // 25th Feb 2003
    He passed away shortly before his eighty-third birthday as a result of a heart attack. A huge crowd attended his funeral ceremony by the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

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