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Gino Cervi (Italian pronunciation: ˈdʒino ˈtʃɛrvi; 3 May 1901 - 3 January 1974) was an Italian actor of international fame.
Cervi was born in Bologna. His father was the theatre critic Antonio Cervi. In 1928, he married Nini Gordini (one of his partners) and they had a son, Tonino Cervi. Gino Cervi later became the grandfather of actress Valentina Cervi and producer Antonio Levesi Cervi.
Cervi was best known for his role of Giuseppe Bottazzi ("Peppone"), the Communist mayor in the Don Camillo movies of the 1950s and the 1960s. He shared great complicity and friendship with co-star Fernandel during the 15 years playing their respective roles in Don Camillo movies.
At the end of his career, he played Commissioner Maigret for six years in the Italian version of those murder stories, which ended with a movie Maigret in Pigalle (Mario Landi, 1966), produced by his son Antonio Cervi.
He died at Punta Ala in 1974.
1 Selected filmography,
4 External links,
He acted in more than 100 films. The most remembered are.
I due sergenti (1936),
Ettore Fieramosca (1938),
Un'avventura di Salvator Rosa (1939),
Una romantica avventura (1940),
The Iron Crown (1941),
I promessi sposi (1941 film) (1941),
Four Steps in the Clouds (1942),
His Young Wife (1945),
Le miserie del signor Travet (1946),
I miserabili (1948),
Cameriera bella presenza offresi... (1951),
The Forbidden Christ (1951),
Don Camillo (1952),
La signora senza camelie (1952),
Il ritorno di Don Camillo (1953),
Les Trois Mousquetaires (1953),
Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954),
Il Cardinale Lambertini (1954),
Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone (1955),
Wild Love (1955),
Long Night in 1943 (1959),
Nel Segno di Roma (1959),
L'assedio di Siracusa (1960),
Don Camillo monsignore ma non troppo (1961),
The Joy of Living (1961),
Anni ruggenti (1962),
Il compagno Don Camillo (1965),
Fratello ladro (1972),
He dubbed to Clark Gable into Italian language in It Happened One Night by Frank Capra, 1934); and Laurence Olivier in three films: (Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955).
(Italian) Mauro Manciotti, Un attore per amico. Omaggio a Gino Cervi, Comune di Borgio Verezzi (SV), Borgio Verezzi 1999,
(Italian) Andrea Maioli, Rino Maenza, Cervi 100. Peppone, Maigret e gli altri, Medianova, Bologna 2001,
(Italian) Andrea Derchi, Marco Biggio, Gino Cervi: attore protagonista del '900, ERGA Edizioni, Genova 2002, ISBN 8881632381,
(Italian) Riccardo F. Esposito, Don Camillo e Peppone. Cronache cinematografiche dalla Bassa Padana 1951-1965, Le Mani - Microart's, Recco, 2008, ISBN 9788880124559,
^ Cf. Andrea Maioli & Rino Maenza, Cervi 100. Peppone, Maigret e gli altri, Medianova, Bologna 2001, s.v. "Don Camillo".,
^ Cf. Andrea Maioli & Rino Maenza, Cervi 100. Peppone, Maigret e gli altri, ibid., s.v. "Maigret".