Eduardo Ciannelli Overview:

Character actor, Eduardo Ciannelli, was born on Aug 30, 1889 in Ischia, Italy. Ciannelli died at the age of 80 on Oct 8, 1969 in Rome, Italy .


Eduardo Ciannelli was an Italian-born character actor who moved from opera singing to acting and became a Hollywood regular from 1937 to 1948, (Winterset, For Whom the Bell Tolls), after which he began to commute between America and Italy. His deeply lined features, as menacing as a snake's head, conveyed all kinds of manic masterminds and Mafia mobsters. His sharp and grating accent was inimitable and his impeccable manners increased the menace beneath. He died from cancer, back in his beloved Rome.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Andoheb: Tana leaves!
The High Priest: Bring three of them. Three of the leaves will make enough fluid to keep Kharis's heart beating. Once each night, during the cycle of the full moon, you will dissolve three tana leaves and give the fluid to Kharis.
[a jackal howls]
The High Priest: Children of the night, they howl about the Hill of the Seven Jackals when Kharis must be fed. Should unbelievers seek to desecrate the tomb of Ananka, you will use nine leaves each night to give life and movement to Kharis. Thus you will enable him to bring vengeance on the heads of those who try to enter.
Andoheb: Yes, master.
The High Priest: But never, for any reason, must you brew more than *nine* leaves at one time. Should Kharis obtain a large amount of the fluid, he would become an uncontrollable *monster*, a soulless demon with the desire to kill and kill.

Arturo Zaccardi: I can lock her in her room. I can take her to Italy. But the only way I can keep her is to let her go away. I'm too old and too tired to run after her anymore. It's your turn. And a terrible time she'll give you! Cinzia! Come out here at once! If you do one thing EVER to hurt her -- make her cry again -- I'll have your heart cut out if I have to go to the mafia!

Irana Preveza: [after they inquire about Dimitrios in the nightclub] Get out!
[after they begin to rise]
Irana Preveza: Sit down! Do you think I want a scene in here?
Marukakis: [Sarcastically] If you can explain how I can leave without standing up, I'd be grateful.

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Father of Lewis E. Ciannelli.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1961 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "The Devil's Advocate."

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