Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 18, 1892
DiedMay 9, 1957, Stamford, Connecticut, United States
FactHe was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.


Ezio Pinza (1892-1957) was an Italian opera singer and actor who enjoyed a long and successful career in the United States. He was born in Rome, the son of a doctor and a piano teacher. His parents were supportive of his musical talents and he received early training in singing and piano. He made his professional debut in 1914, singing in an opera in Rome.

Pinza’s career was interrupted by World War I, during which he served in the Italian army. After the war, he resumed his career, singing in opera houses throughout Italy. In 1926, he made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where he quickly became a favorite of audiences and critics alike. He went on to appear in a number of other operas, including “La Bohème,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “Don Giovanni.”

In addition to his operatic roles, Pinza also appeared on Broadway and in a number of films. He is perhaps best-remembered for his role as the villainous Captain Nemo in the 1954 film “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” He also appeared in the films “The Ten Commandments” (1956) and “South Pacific” (1958).

Pinza retired from singing in 1948 but continued to appear on stage and screen until his death in 1957. He was survived by his wife, actress Marjorie Mazia, and their two children.

At the height of his career, Ezio Pinza was one of the most famous opera singers in the world. He was known for his powerful voice and commanding stage presence. He was also highly respected for his musicality and artistry. In addition to his successful career in opera, Pinza also enjoyed success on Broadway and in Hollywood. He was a versatile performer who was equally at home in dramatic or comedic roles.

Pinza was born in Rome, Italy, on May 18, 1892. His father, Angelo, was a doctor, and his mother, Teresa, was a piano teacher. Pinza had two older sisters, Giovanna and Maria. His parents were supportive of his musical talents and he received early training in singing and piano.

Pinza made his professional debut in 1914, singing in an opera in Rome. His career was interrupted by World War I, during which he served in the Italian army. After the war, he resumed his career, singing in opera houses throughout Italy. In 1926, he made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, where he quickly became a favorite of audiences and critics alike.

Over the next two decades, Pinza appeared in a number of operas, including “La Bohème,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “Don Giovanni.” He also appeared on Broadway and in a number of films. He is perhaps best-remembered for his role as the villainous Captain Nemo in the 1954 film “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” He also appeared in the films “The Ten Commandments” (1956) and “South Pacific” (1958).

Pinza retired from singing in 1948 but continued to appear on stage and screen until his death in 1957. He was survived by his wife, actress Marjorie Mazia, and their two children.

General Info

Full NameEzio Pinza
Date Of BirthMay 18, 1892
DiedMay 9, 1957, Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Place Of BirthRome, Italy
ProfessionActor, Opera Singer
NationalityItalian

Family

ChildrenClaudia Pinza, Peter Pinza, Clelia Pinza

Accomplishments

AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Grammy Hall of Fame
MoviesTonight We Sing, Strictly Dishonorable, Mr. Imperium, Carnegie Hall, General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein
TV ShowsBonino

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Facts

#Fact
1He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1601 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
2Incredibly enough, for all his success in opera and musical comedy, Ezio Pinza was unable to read music, and conductor Arturo Toscanini, with whom Pinza sometimes worked, often insisted on his singers performing every note as written! Everything Pinza sang, from the most complex operatic role to the simplest popular song, was memorized laboriously, note by note. As Pinza himself once said, "I'm no musician. I just know how to make nice sounds." Commenting on his working relationship with Toscanini, he once told an interviewer, "I always promise that I will not sing [Beethoven's] "Ninth Symphony" with that man, but when he calls, I cannot resist.... You have to sit for forty-five minutes and then you have to start [with an extremely difficult bass-baritone solo]".
3In 1943, at the height of his fame as a Metropolitan Opera star, he was arrested by the FBI on charges of being an enemy alien. The charge, based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence and innuendo, was thought to have been made by a rival singer with the company. After much legal wrangling and testimony from friends and colleagues, Pinza, who spent several months interred on Ellis Island, was cleared of all charges. Although he never commented on the incident, his wife was convinced that the stress brought on by it was an indirect cause of his comparitively early death fourteen years later.
4Born the seventh child and first to survive of impoverished parents.
5Awarded the 1950 Tony for best actor in a musical for 'South Pacific.'
6At the Metropolitan Opera, his most famous role was as Mozart's "Don Giovanni".

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein1954TV MovieEmile de Becque (segment 'South Pacific')
Season's Greetings1953TV Movie
Bonino1953TV SeriesBabbo Bonino
Tonight We Sing1953Feodor Chaliapin
Hollywood Opening Night1953TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents1952TV SeriesTony Valeri
All Star Revue1951-1952TV SeriesGuest Opera Bass Vocalist / Guest Opera Singer
The Ezio Pinza Show1952TV SeriesSeries Host
Strictly Dishonorable1951Count Augustino 'Gus' Caraffa
Mr. Imperium1951Prince Alexis aka Mr. Imperium
Carnegie Hall1947Ezio Pinza

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Last Station2009performer: "Gente, gente, all'armi, all'armi" - as Pinza
Big Night1996performer: "Giordani, Caro Mio Ben"
Only You1994performer: "Some Enchanted Evening"
My Life1993performer: "Some Enchanted Evening"
The Blues Brothers1980performer: "ANEMA E CORE UNTIL"
What's My Line?1955TV Series performer - 1 episode
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein1954TV Movie performer: "Wedding Proposal Scene"
Season's Greetings1953TV Movie performer: "Panis Angelicus"
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show1952TV Series performer - 1 episode
Strictly Dishonorable1951performer: "Everything I Have Is Yours" uncredited, "La veau d'or" uncredited, "Se a caso madama" uncredited, "Aria"
Mr. Imperium1951performer: "Let Me Look At You", "Andiamo", "Solamente una vez You Belong To My Heart" uncredited
Rehearsal: The Telephone Hour1947Short performer: "L' Ultima Canzone" fragment, "La ci darem la mano", "Le cor"
Carnegie Hall1947performer: "Il lacerato spirito", "Fin ch'han dal vino" - uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Ed Sullivan Show1954-1955TV SeriesHimself
A.N.T.A. Album of 19551955TV MovieHimself
The Name's the Same1955TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
What's My Line?1953-1955TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself
Person to Person1954TV Series documentaryHimself - Singer
The Martha Raye Show1954TV SeriesHimself
The Dave Garroway Show1953TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1951-1953TV SeriesHimself - Singer
All Star Revue1951-1953TV SeriesHimself - Guest Opera Bass Singer / Himself - Host
The Kate Smith Evening Hour1951TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1951TV SeriesHimself
We, the People1949TV SeriesHimself
Rehearsal: The Telephone Hour1947ShortHimself
Salzburg, die Festspielstadt1939Documentary shortDon Giovanni

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II2012TV Movie documentaryEmile de Becque
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryEmile de Becque (in 'South Pacific')
Great Performances1998TV SeriesFeodor Chaliapin in "Tonight We Sing"
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActor 'South Pacific' (uncredited)
Only You1994Himself (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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