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Adolfo Celi

Adolfo Celi

Highest Rated: 90% Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Lowest Rated: 0% Monsignor (1982)

Birthday: Jul 27, 1922

Birthplace: Messina, Sicily, Italy

Actor and director Adolfo Celi made his film debut in 1946's "Un americano in vacanza." In 1950, Celi co-wrote and co-directed the drama "Caiçara," in which he also starred. He would go on to produce and direct the biographical drama "Tico-Tico no Fubá" in 1952, and write and direct the comedy "Alibi" in 1969. All three were produced in South America, where Celi was a noted stage performer. He was fluent in several languages, allowing him to work all over the world. Celi went on to appear in more than 100 film and television roles. However, in the United States, Celi is most often recognized for his role as the Bond villain Emilio Largo from 1965's "Thunderball." Celi was fluent in English, but his dialogue was overdubbed for the film because of his thick Sicilian accent. This was often the case for his English-speaking roles. In 1981's BBC serial "The Borgias," Celi was not overdubbed and was harshly criticized for his inscrutable diction. Celi's final screen performance was on the Italian television program "Due assi per un turbo." He died from a heart attack at age 63.

Highest rated movies

90% Von Ryan's Express
86% The Agony and the Ecstasy
86% That Man From Rio
85% The Phantom of Liberty
85% Thunderball
84% King of Hearts
65% Danger: Diabolik
57% The Honey Pot

Photos

OPERATION KID BROTHER, OPERATION KID BROTHER IT 1967 aka OK CONNERY ADOLFO CELI Date 1967. Photo by: Mary Evans/PRODUZIONE D.S./Ronald Grant THUNDERBALL, Adolfo Celi, 1965 thunderball1965-fsct15(thunderball1965-fsct15) THUNDERBALL, from left: Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, 1965 thunderball1965-fsct13(thunderball1965-fsct13) THUNDERBALL, Adolfo Celi, Sean Connery, 1965. THUNDERBALL, Adolfo Celi, 1965 THUNDERBALL, Adolfo Celi, Sean Connery, 1965. THUNDERBALL, Adolfo Celi, 1965. DANGER: DIABOLIK, (aka DIABOLIK), Adolfo Celi, 1968 THUNDERBALL, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, 1965 THUNDERBALL, Adolfo Celi, 1965 THE KING OF HEARTS, (aka LE ROI DE COEUR), Alan Bates, Adolfo Celi, 1966 THUNDERBALL, from left: Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, 1965 thunderball1965-fsct03(thunderball1965-fsct03) KING OF HEARTS, (aka LE ROI DE COEUR), Adolfo Celi, Jean-Claude Brialy, Julien Guiomar, Francoise Christophe, 1966 GRAND PRIX, (front) Toshiro Mifune, James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Walter, Francoise Hardy, Genevieve Page, Yves Montand, (rear) Enzo Fiermonte, Antonio Sabato, Adolfo Celi, Jack Watson, Brian Bedford, Donald O'Brien, 1966 KING OF HEARTS, Genevieve Bujold, Jean-Claude Brialy, Julien Guiomar, Adolfo Celi, Francoise Christophe, Micheline Presle, 1966 THUNDERBALL, seated from left: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, 1965 thunderball1965-fsct02(thunderball1965-fsct02) HITLER: THE LAST TEN DAYS, Simon Ward (center), Adolfo Celi (right), 1973 HOLOCAUST 2000, Kirk Douglas (third from left), Adolfo Celi (white hair, holding hypodermic), Simon Ward (far right), 1977 TEN LITTLE INDIANS, from bottom to top: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Lom, Stephane Audran, Gert Frobe, Teresa Gimpera, Adolfo Celi, Maria Rohm, Alberto de Mendoza, 1974 THUNDERBALL, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, 1965

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deodato Holocaust Captain (Character) - 2019
0% 17% Monsignor Cardinal Vinci (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amici miei: Atto II Sassaroli (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 100% Cafe Express Ispettore capo Ministero (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Innamorato pazzo Gustavo VI di San Tulipe (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Father's Wife Antonio (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Operator Rifai (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Intruder Commissaire Boetani (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 54% Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man The Boss (Character) - 1976
11% 21% The Next Man Al Sharif (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arab Conspiracy Unknown (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sandokan James Brooke (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virginity L'onorevole (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 31% Ten Little Indians Gen. Andre Salve (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 91% My Friends Professor Sassaroli (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Arm of the Godfather Don Carmelo (Character) - 1974
85% 91% The Phantom of Liberty Unknown (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Devil is a Woman Father Borelli (Character) - 1974
38% 55% Hitler: The Last Ten Days Gen. Krebs (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 66% The Italian Connection Don Vito Tressoldi (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Libera, My Love Felice Valente - Libera's father (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Holiday Commissioner Rizzuto (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eye in the Labyrinth Frank Tonietti (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 55% Who Saw Her Die? Serafian (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Kingpin Vito (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet 1931: Once Upon a Time in New York The Pole (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why Inspector Vezzi (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadows of the Past Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 36% Fragment of Fear Signor Bardoni (Character) - 1971
20% 22% Murders in the Rue Morgue Inspector Vidocq (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 40% They Have Changed Their Face Giovanni Nosferatu (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 70% Brancaleone at the Crusades Re Boemondo (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brancaleone alle crociate Re Boemondo (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man for Emmanuelle Unknown (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midas Run General Ferranti (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'arcangelo Marco Tarocchi Roda (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Io, Emmanuelle Sandri (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring of Death Avvocato Fontana (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'alibi Adolfo (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Sentence Friar Baldwin (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Heroes Luc Rollman (Character) - 1968
65% 71% Danger: Diabolik Ralph Valmont (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's Your Move Bayon/Guinet (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Times Seven Warden (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 17% Operation Kid Brother Mr. Thai (Character) - 1967
43% 45% The Bobo Francisco Carbonell (Character) - 1967
57% 61% The Honey Pot Inspector Rizzi (Character) - 1967
33% 67% Grand Slam Mark Milford (Character) - 1967
84% 88% King of Hearts Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook (Character) $17.6K 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Master Stroke Mr. Bernard (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yankee Grande Concho (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Target for Killing Henry Perkins (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le piacevoli notti Bernardozzo (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 60% El Greco Don Miguel de las Cuevas (Character) - 1966
90% 82% Von Ryan's Express Battaglia (Character) - 1965
86% 78% The Agony and the Ecstasy Giovanni de' Medici (Character) - 1965
85% 73% Thunderball Emilio Largo (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Named John Monsignor Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime on a Summer Morning Van Willie (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slalom Riccardo (Character) - 1965
86% 79% That Man From Rio Señor Mario De Castro (Character) $35.1K 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tico-Tico no Fubá Director,
Producer
- 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caiçara Genovês (Character),
Director
- 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Yank in Rome Tom (Character) - 1946