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Adolfo Celi is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer Italien born on 27 july 1922 at Messina (Italie)

Adolfo Celi

Adolfo Celi
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Nationality Italie
Birth 27 july 1922 at Messina (Italie)
Death 19 february 1986 (at 63 years) at Rome (Italie)

Adolfo Celi ([aˈdɔlfo ˈtʃɛːli; aˈdolfo]; 27 July 1922 –19 February 1986) was an Italian film actor and director. Born in Curcuraci, Messina, Sicily, Celi appeared in nearly 100 films, specialising in international villains. Although a prominent actor in Italian cinema and famed for many roles, he is best remembered internationally for his portrayal of Emilio Largo in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. Celi later spoofed his Thunderball role in the film OK Connery (aka Operation Double 007) opposite Sean Connery's brother, Neil Connery.


Fils du préfet de Messine à l'epoque du fascisme, il commença à l'âge de 18 ans une carrière d'acteur après avoir obtenu son diplôme à l'Académie des Arts Dramatiques de Rome. Il quitta l'Italie pour partir en Amérique du Sud à la fin des années 1940 où il devint un éminent metteur en scène au Brésil et en Argentine. Il mit en scène plus de quarante productions pour le théâtre brésilien de São Paulo, réalise trois films et de nombreuses dramatiques télévisées au Brésil. Il dirigea l'Opéra Théâtre de Rio, pour lequel il assura également des mises en scènes, avant de revenir en 1963 dans son pays natal : l'Italie.

Adolfo Celi entame alors une véritable carrière d'acteur avec L'Homme de Rio de Philippe de Broca en 1964. En 1965, dans Opération Tonnerre, il joue le milliardaire borgne Emilio Largo où il imposa son physique de rapace. L'acteur prit beaucoup de plaisir à interpréter un méchant typique de la série Bond. C'est pourquoi il accepta avec bonheur de jouer de nouveau un rôle de méchant dans un « faux » James Bond, le personnage de Thair Beta dans Opération frère cadet (OK Connery en VO) d'Alberto De Martino, en 1967. En 1966, il campe un truculent officier britannique dans Le Roi de cœur de Philippe de Broca.

Adolfo Celi est mort à l'âge de 63 ans d'une crise cardiaque le 19 février 1986 à Rome en Italie.

Best films

Thunderball (1965)
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
That Man from Rio (1964)

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Filmography of Adolfo Celi (90 films)

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Bond Girls Are Forever, 46minutes
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Maryam d'Abo, Halle Berry, Ursula Andress, Honor Blackman, Luciana Paluzzi, Jill St John
Roles Emilio Largo (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating64% 3.239093.239093.239093.239093.23909
À travers des extraits des films James Bond, et avec la participation de plusieurs anciennes "Bond Girls", le documentaire retrace l'évolution de l'héroïne typique des longs métrages 007, de la demoiselle en détresse à la participante courageuse.
My Friends Act III, 1h50
Directed by Nanni Loy
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Adolfo Celi, Renzo Montagnani, Bernard Blier, Valeria Sabel
Roles Professor Sassaroli
Rating63% 3.1571553.1571553.1571553.1571553.157155
The four Tuscan friends now have over sixty years of age and are nearing retirement. Count Mascetti is always the most unfortunate because in addition to end up in a wheelchair has also lost his wife in an incident. So his friends not to make him suffer the lead in a nursing home, where, however Mascetti never ceases to make his jokes to patients and nurses, very fun with his "supercazzola". Soon, the architect Melandri and the bartender Necchi reach the hospice to keep him company and participate with him in the jokes and antics against the elderly hospice. In particular, the man targeted by three, also included the surgeon Sassaroli, an old man (Bernard Blier) who dreams of the youth, and so the four friends give him well-served setting up a scene similar to the wastelands of Hell. There is the old man and conducted with a subset of satanic ritual in which Sassaroli plays the priest and a prostitute is very young sacrificial victim, believes young again. In fact, the four friends pranksters and goliardic have painted the hair black man after he fell asleep. The next day the old man feels like reborn and starts to make a lot of exercises dangerous for a man of his age, dying of a heart attack in a short time.
My Friends Act II, 2h5
Directed by Mario Monicelli
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Ugo Tognazzi, Gastone Moschin, Philippe Noiret, Adolfo Celi, Renzo Montagnani, Milena Vukotic
Roles Professeur Sassaroli
Rating75% 3.7999953.7999953.7999953.7999953.799995
The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Giorgio Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Putting a conversation in front of the tomb of his friend, Lello Mascetti, Guido Necchi, Rambaldo Melandri and Alpheus Sassaroli reminiscent of the great and exciting filth and jokes that made George Perozzi, the friend died of a heart attack. So the movie comes back from the Eighties to 1968 in Florence when the wife of Perozzi was tired of his infidelities daily with eager baker's wife. While Perozzi liked to put the horns to his wife and grow in the miserable son of Count Mascetti studio, since he did not want his feet while he enjoyed in his escapades, Melandri falls in love with a beautiful lady with a rich dowry. The two marry and friends continue to combine their trouble, and then the poor Rambaldo finds himself also to stage a performance of the Passion of Jesus because of the extreme religiosity of the new wife. His friends mock and then find themselves facing the terrible flood that hit the city in that year, making the overflow Arno. Beds, furniture and people floating through the old streets of the old town and the wife of Perozzi he discovers his wife clinging to the basket. Returning to the present the four friends burst into laughter remember the details, but now they face the difficulties of the present. The minor child of Mascetti was impregnated by a crude and vulgar dishwasher and below is also haunted by debts to pay for the rental of the studio. He thinks to rely on a loan shark (Paolo Stoppa), but does nothing but accumulate its problems. Then the three friends involved in the rescue and Sassaroli, an expert surgeon, slimy man who pretends to have a problem with kidney stones. Thanks charade loan shark pay their money Sassaroli that lends them to the count Mascetti to pay the rent. Among the many adventures of Mascetti there is also that the sexual encounter with a Spanish dancer but was forced to leave quickly because he copulating with her in a luxurious room tree and does not know how to pay the bills. Also threatens to kill himself but in the end is too cowardly and reconsiders. One day Mascetti finds himself talking about his noble origins, known as Florence since the year 1200, but my friends mock him, and the Count is angry because he, as much rich in what was youth, now finds himself almost begging. To the fury Mascetti is also affected by a heart attack that forced him to stay for the rest of his life in a wheelchair, but friends always find a way to keep him happy and continue to have fun with him in their gypsy.
Monsignor (1982)
, 2h1
Directed by Frank Perry
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Films about capital punishment, Children's films
Actors Christopher Reeve, Geneviève Bujold, Fernando Rey, Jason Miller, Joseph Cortese, Adolfo Celi
Roles Cardinal Vinci
Rating51% 2.5558052.5558052.5558052.5558052.555805
With the Vatican having financial difficulties during World War II, a young priest from America is sent for, recommended because of his accounting skill.
Madly in Love, 1h42
Directed by Franco Castellano, Giuseppe Moccia
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Mario Cecchi Gori, Adriano Celentano, Ornella Muti, Adolfo Celi, Dino Cassio, Enzo Garinei
Roles Gustav
Rating68% 3.440453.440453.440453.440453.44045
Cristina, the princess of a fictional monarchical state named San Tulipe, is visiting Rome with her father, Gustavo VI, who is trying to appeal to Italy's national bank for a loan to buoy his country's financial crisis. Bored and rebellious, Cristina sneaks away from the embassy and decides to engage in a sightseeing tour of the city. On the bus she takes, Cristina meets the driver Barnaba Cecchini, who instantly falls in love with her.
Carnapping - Ordered, Stolen and Sold, 1h29
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Anny Duperey, Eddie Constantine, Adrian Hoven, Michel Galabru, Ivan Desny, Adolfo Celi
Roles Polizeipräsident
Rating61% 3.0959653.0959653.0959653.0959653.095965
Un jeune designer, floué par le directeur de sa compagnie, se recycle dans le trafic d'automobiles de luxe, volées dans l'Europe entière.
Café Express, 1h40
Directed by Nanni Loy
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Film se déroulant dans un train
Actors Nino Manfredi, Adolfo Celi, Vittorio Caprioli, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Antonio Allocca, Gigi Reder
Roles Ispettore Capo Ministero
Rating69% 3.485753.485753.485753.485753.48575
Michele Abbagnano (Nino Manfredi) ekes out a living by abusively selling coffee, hot milk and cappuccino on the night trains running between Naples and Vallo della Lucania; each night, his goods held in a set of vacuum flasks which he carries in a basket along with handfuls of sugar packets he steals from railway cafés, he moves from carriage to carriage peddling warm drinks to the dazed, sleepy passengers.
Le braghe del padrone, 1h35
Directed by Flavio Mogherini
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Enrico Montesano, Adolfo Celi, Felice Andreasi, Annabella Incontrera, Enrico Beruschi, Paolo Poli
Roles Eugenio - the president
Rating60% 3.009853.009853.009853.009853.00985
Vittorio Pieroni tente de se suicider en sautant d'un pont de chemin de fer, mais survivant à cette épreuve, il raconte son histoire. Employé de "Supreme Edizioni", il entre en contact avec le diable et suit ses conseils. Lors d'une grève du personnel de l'entreprise.....
The Perfect Crime, 1h27
Directed by Giuseppe Rosati
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Actors Leonard Mann, Gloria Guida, Joseph Cotten, Anthony Steel, Franco Ressel, Adolfo Celi
Roles Sir Harold Boyd
Rating49% 2.4967152.4967152.4967152.4967152.496715
Le riche président d'une multinationale décède dans un accident d'avion. Son héritage et sa succession attirent les convoitises de son entourage.
Professor Kranz tedesco di Germania, 1h53
Genres Comedy
Actors Paolo Villaggio, José Wilker, Adolfo Celi
Roles Carcamano
Rating55% 2.7764152.7764152.7764152.7764152.776415
The story, recounting the traversies of a German scientist/stage magician eking out a miserly life in Rio de Janeiro's favelas until getting involved in an improbable kidnapping/ransom plot, is paper-thin and little more than an excuse to show "exotic" locales.
The Passengers, 1h35
Directed by Serge Leroy
Origin France
Genres Thriller
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mireille Darc, Georges Audoubert, Bernard Fresson, Adolfo Celi, Angela Goodwin
Roles Boetani
Rating62% 3.1441753.1441753.1441753.1441753.144175
Road Movie tragique. Alex, qui a épousé Nicole, se rend à Rome pour récupérer Marc, le fils de celle-ci. En cours de route, ils sont agressés tout d'abord à l'hôtel et ensuite en voiture, par un mystérieux individu. Celui-ci, assassin de policiers, connaît Nicole et dans sa folie n'a qu'une idée: la retrouver. La fin sera dramatique car il va arriver à Paris avant Alex et Marc et à la suite d'une bagarre, trouver la mort.
Holocaust 2000, 1h46
Directed by Alberto De Martino
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about religion, Demons in film
Actors Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward, Agostina Belli, Anthony Quayle, Virginia McKenna, Spiros Focás
Roles Dr. Kerouac
Rating55% 2.7602152.7602152.7602152.7602152.760215
Despite doomsday warnings from throngs of locals, wealthy industrialist Robert Caine (Kirk Douglas) makes the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant near a sacred cave in the Middle East. But before Caine can reap the benefits of his latest bid for global domination, he discovers that his son, Angel (Simon Ward), is the Antichrist, who is planning to use his father's project to trigger the end of the world.
The Tiger Is Still Alive: Sandokan to the Rescue, 2h10
Directed by Sergio Sollima
Genres Action, Adventure
Actors Kabir Bedi, Philippe Leroy, Salvatore Borgese, Mirella D'Angelo, Teresa Ann Savoy, Adolfo Celi
Roles James Brooke
Rating63% 3.1842753.1842753.1842753.1842753.184275
Sultan Abdullah conquers the island of Mompracem, the haunt of Sandokan's pirates. The sultan is a puppet of the British army, very happy to have sent into exile Sandokan. Lord James Brooke, the new governor of the British soldiers, discovers where is Sandokan: the pirate is trying a new assault together Mompracem with the Indian princess Jamilah; and so man calls himself the powerful thugs, the killers of the Ganges, the bloodthirsty goddess worshiped Kali. Sandokan soon realizes that his fight for the reconquest of the island of Mompracem is not easy. In fact James Brooke calles not only the thugs, but also all the wild populations of India, who are hungry and thirsty for booty.