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Also Known As: Marcello Mastrojanni Died: December 19, 1996
Born: September 28, 1924 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Fontana Liri, , IT Profession: actor, draftsman, clerk, accountant, carpenter

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One of the biggest international film stars to emerge from Italy in the 1960s, Marcello Mastroianni rose to worldwide prominence in films directed by the modern masters of European cinema and opposite its most radiant actresses. After toiling for years in small roles in lesser projects, Mastroianni became a cinematic superstar with his disaffected performance in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960). Acclaimed turns in "La Notte" (1961) and "Divorce, Italian Style" (1961) - the latter of which won him a Golden Globe - preceded Mastroianni's iconic performance in Fellini's visual masterpiece "8 ½" (1963). Both a blessing and a curse, he was crowned Italian cinema's most prominent leading man in films such as "Marriage, Italian Style" (1964), "The 10th Victim" (1965), and "Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand" (1966), which cast him opposite the likes of screens sirens Sophia Loren, Ursula Andress and Raquel Welch, respectively. Although his megastar status had all but dissipated by the 1970s, the incredibly prolific and affable actor worked continuously in projects such as the controversial "The Big Feast" (1973), "Ginger and Fred" (1986) - another of his many collaborations with Fellini - and the...

One of the biggest international film stars to emerge from Italy in the 1960s, Marcello Mastroianni rose to worldwide prominence in films directed by the modern masters of European cinema and opposite its most radiant actresses. After toiling for years in small roles in lesser projects, Mastroianni became a cinematic superstar with his disaffected performance in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (1960). Acclaimed turns in "La Notte" (1961) and "Divorce, Italian Style" (1961) - the latter of which won him a Golden Globe - preceded Mastroianni's iconic performance in Fellini's visual masterpiece "8 ½" (1963). Both a blessing and a curse, he was crowned Italian cinema's most prominent leading man in films such as "Marriage, Italian Style" (1964), "The 10th Victim" (1965), and "Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand" (1966), which cast him opposite the likes of screens sirens Sophia Loren, Ursula Andress and Raquel Welch, respectively. Although his megastar status had all but dissipated by the 1970s, the incredibly prolific and affable actor worked continuously in projects such as the controversial "The Big Feast" (1973), "Ginger and Fred" (1986) - another of his many collaborations with Fellini - and the star-studded Robert Altman haute couture comedy "Ready-to-Wear" (1994). In a screen career that spanned nearly 150 films, Mastroianni's unabashed love for his craft allowed him to consistently surprise audiences as he explored the limitless vistas of life through the medium of cinema.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Fellini (2001) Himself (Archival Footage)
3.
 Pereira Declares (1998) Pereira
6.
 Three Lives and Only One Death (1996) Georges Vickers; Luc Allamand; Mateo Strano; The Butler
7.
 Beyond the Clouds (1995) The Man Of All Vices
8.
 One Hundred and One Nights (1995) The Italian Friend
9.
 Ready to Wear (1994) Sergei (Sergio)--Mysterious Russian Tailor
10.
 True Life of Antonio H., The (1994) Himself
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1929:
Family moved to Turin
1933:
Family moved to Rome
:
Left school and held down various jobs, including that of carpenter
1938:
Appeared as extra in four films, the first of which was "Marionette" (1938)
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Worked as draftsman in Rome
1943:
Moved to Florence; then fled to Venice to avoid deportation to Germany
1944:
Returned to Rome after liberation
:
Worked as accountant after WWII in Rome branch of Eagle-Lion films
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Joined Centro Universitario Teatrale with Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina
1947:
Returned to films with bit part as a rioter in "I Miserabili" (made up of two separate features)
1948:
Made stage debut in "Angelica"; was seen by Emilio Amendola, an associate of film, theater and opera director Luchino Visconti, and was subsequently invited to join Visconti's Quirino theater company
1955:
First film in which he and Sophia Loren played leading roles opposite each other, "Peccato che sia una canaglia/Too Bad She's Bad", directed by Alessandro Blasetti
1959:
First collaboration with filmmaker and screenwriter Federico Fellini, "La Dolce Vita"
1963:
Made first of four films with director Vittorio DeSica (with whom he had acted in a number of films in the 1950s), "Ieri, Oggi, Domani/Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", co-starring Sophia Loren
1964:
Made first major appearance on US TV on the special, "Sophia Loren in Rome"
1966:
Formed independent film production company, Master Films
1966:
Made a one-time venture into the realm of the US TV-movie, "The Poppy Is Also a Flower", an all-star telefilm about the evils of drug trafficking and abuse; film was also released theatrically that year
1969:
Appeared as himself in the US TV documentary special, "Fellini: A Director's Notebook"
1974:
Last collaboration with Vittorio De Sica came when both appeared in the Ettore Scola film, "We All Loved Each Other So Much"
1978:
Acted on Italian TV in "Le mani sporchi", directed by Elio Petri
1984:
First appeared in a US film: a brief cameo as himself in footage shot at the Cannes Film Festival and used in the low-budget film, "The Last Horror Film"
1987:
Last film in which he was directed by Federico Fellini, "Intervista"
1992:
First US Film, "Used People"
1996:
Last performance was touring Italy in the production of "The Last Moons"
1997:
Last feature, Manoel de Oliveira's "Journey to the Beginning of the World"
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Education

University of Rome: -

Notes

"Visconti was the teacher. Severe, but we like him. Fellini is your benchmate, the one you sit next to and make jokes. With Fellini, we always make it a joke. The more serious the film, the more we laugh. We don't say, 'oh maestro, how beautiful is this thing you are creating!' We think this, but we don't say this." --Marcello Mastroianni, quoted in TIME, October 12, 1987

"When I make films, I am absolutely happy. That's why I make so many films. This is a most beautiful thing, to be with 60, 70 people on a set and to make stories. It helps me to act. I work seriously but never take myself seriously. I want to enjoy myself--really enjoy--like a child. Because all actors are children . . . And when the film is finished, I am looking for another film. Otherwise my life is a little more bored." --Mastroianni quoted in TIME, October 12, 1987

"My legs are skinny, my face has no power or resolve...They knew where they were going--or at least, we presumed they knew. I haven't any idea. If they were heroes, then I'm a nonhero." Comparing himself to other leading men like Clarke Gable, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart and Paul Newman." --Marcello Mastroianni, quoted by journalist and author Curtis Bill Pepper in 1987

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Flora Mastroianni. Actor. Married in 1948; separated in 1970; never divorced; died on April 19, 1999 in Rome, Italy at age 72.
companion:
Catherine Deneuve. Actor. Mother of his daughter Chiara.
companion:
Faye Dunaway. Actor.
companion:
Anna Maria Tato. Director. Together since 1975; directed a documentary shortly before the actor's death.
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Family close complete family listing

brother:
Ruggero Mastroianni. Editor. Younger; died September 9, 1996 of a heart attack.
cousin:
Armand Mastroianni. Director. Based in USA.
daughter:
Barbara Mastroianni. Born in 1952; mother, Flora Mastroianni.
daughter:
Chiara Mastroianni. Actor. Born in 1972; mother, Catherine Deneuve.
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