Adolfo Celi Overview:

Character actor, Adolfo Celi, was born on Jul 27, 1922 in Messina, Italy. Celi died at the age of 63 on Feb 19, 1986 in Siena, Italy .


Heftily-built, grey-haired, black-eyebrowed, Sicilian character actor, popular in international roles after playing Largo (the villain) in the James Bond film Thunderball in 1965. After a promising start in post-war Italian films, he went to South America in 1949, and worked in Argentina and Brazil as a director for the theatre, films, and TV. A French film made in Brazil brought him back to Europe and he worked busily there, mostly as conspirators of one kind or another. He was most occupied on TV from 1977, subsequently gaining a nationwide following in Britain for his performance in The Borgias. Died from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Adolfo Celi Quotes:

Merle McGill: I guess it must be hard for you to understand, Inspector, a man like me and Cecil Fox.
Inspector Rizzi: Not hard at all.
Merle McGill: But how can I say it, Inspector... He was my first... man. Somehow you just never forget your first man.
Inspector Rizzi: I remember mine - vividly.
[Merle throws him a curious glance]
Inspector Rizzi: He also got away.

Grande Concho: I swear I'll split the skin off his hide, lay him in the sun to dry, and see his stinking life drip away, very slowly.

Diabolik: [as he and the bad guy freefall from a plane that has suddenly exploded] I almost forgot. When I stumbled, I attached a magnetic capsule to your plane.
Ralph Valmont: Who cares? Pull the cord!

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Father of director Leonardo Celi and actress Alessandra Celi.

His voice was dubbed by another actor in most of his movies throughout his career, even in his native Italy, to hide his distinctive Sicillian accent. Despite speaking fluent English, Spanish, French, Portugues, and German in addition to his native Italian, his voice was often dubbed by another actor in both Italian language and foreign language movie productions.

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