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Also Known As: Alfredo Arnold Cocozza Died: October 7, 1959
Born: January 31, 1921 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, opera singer

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Mario Lanza's life was the stuff of show business legend. The son of Italian immigrants who imbued him with a love for opera, he rose to greatness as both a singer and a movie star before a sudden, tragic death. Lanza's rich, mellifluous voice and darkly handsome looks sent him from the opera stage to motion picture sound stages in less than a decade. Viewed by MGM as a "singing Clark Gable," he exercised his vocal abilities and considerable charm in a handful of films, including "The Great Caruso" (1951), a biopic of his boyhood idol, opera singer Enrico Caruso. But health issues, including wildly fluctuating weight and a dependence on crash diets took a serious toll, and by the late 1950s, he was no longer in demand as an actor and unable to fulfill his concert commitments. His death in 1959 was an all-too-early end to a career that might have spanned two worlds of entertainment, but instead served as a reminder of the fleeting nature of fame.

Mario Lanza's life was the stuff of show business legend. The son of Italian immigrants who imbued him with a love for opera, he rose to greatness as both a singer and a movie star before a sudden, tragic death. Lanza's rich, mellifluous voice and darkly handsome looks sent him from the opera stage to motion picture sound stages in less than a decade. Viewed by MGM as a "singing Clark Gable," he exercised his vocal abilities and considerable charm in a handful of films, including "The Great Caruso" (1951), a biopic of his boyhood idol, opera singer Enrico Caruso. But health issues, including wildly fluctuating weight and a dependence on crash diets took a serious toll, and by the late 1950s, he was no longer in demand as an actor and unable to fulfill his concert commitments. His death in 1959 was an all-too-early end to a career that might have spanned two worlds of entertainment, but instead served as a reminder of the fleeting nature of fame.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bird (1988)
2.
 For the First Time (1959) Tonio Costa
3.
 Seven Hills of Rome (1958) Marc Revere
4.
 Serenade (1956) Damon Vicente
5.
 Because You're Mine (1952) Renaldo Rossano
6.
 The Great Caruso (1951) Enrico Caruso
7.
 The Toast of New Orleans (1950) Pepe Abellard Duvalle
8.
 That Midnight Kiss (1949) Johnny Donnetti
10.
 ONE LOVE OF MINE (1949)
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wife:
Betty Hicks. Died in 1960 at age 36.

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father:
Antonio Cocozza. Originally from Naples, Italy.
mother:
Maria Cocozza. Seamstress. Originally from Madrid, Spain.
daughter:
Colleen Lanza. Deceased.
son:
Marc Lanza. Born c. 1954; died of a heart attack on June 27, 1991 at age 37; orphaned at age five; raised along with his three siblings by Terry Robinson, Mario Lanza's personal manager.
daughter:
Ellisa Bregman. Produced "Be My Love".
son:
Damon Lanza. Author, restaurateur.
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