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Also Known As: Died: February 25, 2003
Born: June 15, 1920 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Rome, , IT Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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This Italian leading man came to prominence in the 1950s, especially in comic or romantic roles. Sordi first gained notice on the Italian stage before making his film debut in 1938. Memorable performances include as one of the young punks in Federico Fellini's "I Vitelloni" (1953), one of the grudging captains in "The Best of Enemies" (1962) and the lovelorn, hot-blooded Italian marooned in frosty Sweden in the finely observed comedy, "To Bed or Not to Bed" (1965), which earned him a Golden Globe Award. He also received a Best Actor citation at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival for his turn as a man mistakenly held prisoner in an Italian jail in "Detenuto in Attesta di Giudizio/In Prison Awaiting Trial/Why". Sordi began writing film scripts in the 1950s and has frequently directed his own features since the mid-60s.

This Italian leading man came to prominence in the 1950s, especially in comic or romantic roles. Sordi first gained notice on the Italian stage before making his film debut in 1938. Memorable performances include as one of the young punks in Federico Fellini's "I Vitelloni" (1953), one of the grudging captains in "The Best of Enemies" (1962) and the lovelorn, hot-blooded Italian marooned in frosty Sweden in the finely observed comedy, "To Bed or Not to Bed" (1965), which earned him a Golden Globe Award. He also received a Best Actor citation at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival for his turn as a man mistakenly held prisoner in an Italian jail in "Detenuto in Attesta di Giudizio/In Prison Awaiting Trial/Why". Sordi began writing film scripts in the 1950s and has frequently directed his own features since the mid-60s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Forbidden Encounters (1998) Director
2.
  Nestore L'Ultima Corsa (1993) Director
4.
  Un Tassinaro a New York (1987) Director
5.
  Tutti Dentro (1984) Director
6.
  In Viaggio Con Papa (1983) Director
7.
  Il Tassinaro (1983) Director
8.
9.
  Io e Caterina (1980) Director
10.
  Dove vai in vacanza? (1978) Director ("Le Vacanze Intelligenti")

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Forbidden Encounters (1998) Armando Andreoli
2.
 Romanzo di un Giovane Povero (1996) Mr Bartoloni
3.
 Nestore L'Ultima Corsa (1993) Gaetano
4.
 Assolto Per Aver Commesso il Fatto (1992) Emilio Garrone
5.
 In Nome del Popolo Sovrano (1991) Marchese Arquati
6.
 Vacanze di Natale '91 (1991) Sabino
7.
 Betrothed, The (1990) Don Abbondio
8.
 Avaro, L' (1990) Arpagone
10.
 Les Fanfarons (1988) Elvio Battistini
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Won an Oliver Hardy sound-a-like contest at age 13
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Worked in Italian music halls and on stage
1938:
Appeared in first feature film, "La Principessa Tarakanova"
1954:
Co-wrote first screenplay, "Un Giorno in Pretura/A Day in Court"
1966:
Made directing debut, "Fumo di Londra" (also actor, co-writer)
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