Known for movies

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DiedAugust 2, 1921, Naples, Italy
SpouseDorothy Park Benjamin
FactWas an excellent caricaturist who took great pride in his sketches.

Enrico Caruso was an Italian opera singer and one of the most famous and successful singers of all time. He was born on February 25, 1873, in Naples, Italy, the son of a baker and an opera singer. Caruso began his singing career at a young age, performing in local churches and theaters. He made his professional debut in 1892, at the age of 19, and soon became one of the most sought-after opera singers in the world. Caruso appeared at some of the most prestigious opera houses, including La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and the Royal Opera House in London. He made his first recordings in 1902, and his recordings became best-sellers. Caruso also appeared in a number of films, including the first feature-length film ever made, The Story of a Candle (1908). Caruso retired from singing in 1920, but continued to make recordings and appear in films. He died on August 2, 1921, at the age of 48.

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Full NameEnrico Caruso
DiedAugust 2, 1921, Naples, Italy
ProfessionActor, Opera Singer


SpouseDorothy Park Benjamin
ChildrenGloria Caruso, Enrico Caruso, Rodolfo Caruso
ParentsAnna Caruso, Marcellino Caruso
SiblingsGiovanni Caruso


AwardsGrammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Grammy Hall of Fame
MoviesUna furtiva lagrima, My Cousin, The Splendid Romance, Lucia di Lammermoor

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1Was an excellent caricaturist who took great pride in his sketches.
2He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6625 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
3As a youth in his native Naples, he fell in love with a local girl whom he wanted to marry. The girls' father deemed him too low class to marry his daughter, stating that Caruso would never amount to anything as an opera singer. Just a few years later he became the most famous singer in the world, making him a wealthy man.
4Arguably the first real superstar of recordings, Caruso was the man who truly put the recording industry in America on the map, and who helped establish the Victor label (later RCA Victor) as a power within that industry. His many recordings, some with modern orchestral accompaniment dubbed in, have remained in print and continue to sell well to this day, almost 100 years after the first of them were recorded.
5Was the Metropolitan Opera's greatest superstar between his debut with the company in November, 1903 (Duke of Mantua in Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto"), and his last performance with them on Christmas Eve, 1920 (Eleazar in Halevy's "La Juive"). During those years he appeared on every Met opening night except one, in 1906, when personal circumstances forced him to cancel.
6Was frequently cast opposite singer/actress Geraldine Farrar at the Metropolitan. Between the two of them, they were the biggest box-office combination the company had during the first two decades of the 20th century.
7Father of Rodolfo Caruso and singer/actor Enrico Caruso Jr., by an earlier relationship with soprano Ada Giachetti, and Gloria Caruso Murray by his marriage to Dorothy Benjamin Caruso.
8Pictured on a 22¢ US commemorative postage stamp in the Performing Arts series, issued 27 February 1987 (104th anniversary of his birth).
9Caruso was in San Francisco on April 18, 1906, the day of the city's worst earthquake. He vowed never to return to that city, and never did.
10He is usually considered the greatest operatic tenor ever, and he was the first opera star to make best-selling recordings, beginning around 1903, which are still in print to this day. His signature role was Canio, the traveling clown in Ruggero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci". He starred in many of the great Italian operas--some in their US premieres--at the old Metropolitan Opera House, many times under the conductorship of the legendary Arturo Toscanini. He appeared with some of the most famous operatic sopranos who ever lived, and was the first tenor whose name became familiar to people who seldom listened to opera.



The Gambler1974performer: "Una furtiva lagrima"
It Takes a Thief1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kiss Me Deadly1955performer: "M' apparì tutt' amor" - uncredited
Song of Surrender1949"Una furtiva lagrima", "O Paradiso", "O sole mio", "La donna è mobile"
The Visit2015/Iperformer: "Non t'amo più", "L'Elisir d'amore, Act 2: Una furtiva lagrima"
Si Fresnes m'était conté2015Video performer: "O Sole Mio"
Sharkskin2015performer: "E Lucevan Le Stelle", "La Donna E Mobile", "Santa Lucia"
The Last Checkmate2014Short performer: "Over There" 1917
Le voyage cinématographique de Gaston Méliès à Tahiti2014Documentary "Because"
Obvious Child2014performer: "O Sole Mio"
Cheatin'2013performer: "Vesti La Giubba"
Mayakovskiy. Dva dnya2013TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Lone Ranger2013performer: "Celeste Aida"
La sociedad del horror y de lo absurdo2013Short performer: "Adorables tourments", "Ah, si ben mio"
Mister X2013Short performer: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Reason to Kill2013Short performer: "Questa O Quella"
This Is Martin Bonner2013performer: "Santa Lucia"
Marie Krøyer2012performer: "La donna è mobile"
Una Furtiva Lagrima2012Short performer: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Rise and Fall of W.C.2011Short performer: "La danza Tarantella"
Boardwalk Empire2010-2011TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Last Rites of Joe May2011performer: "Ah Si Ben Mio", "O Soave Fanciulla"
La fille du puisatier2011"Core 'n Grato"
David and Goliath2010Short performer: "Je crois entendre encore"
The Killer Inside Me2010performer: "Una furtiva lagrima from L'elisir d'amore"
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay2009performer: "Vesti La Giubba"
Wenceslau and the Gramophone Tree2008Short performer: "Mi Par d'Udir Ancora" - as Caruso
The Supersizers Go...2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
O sole mio2006Short performer: "O sole mio"
I Build the Tower2006Documentary performer: "Miserere" from "Il Travatore"
Match Point2005performer: "Una furtiva lagrima", "Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto", "Mi par d'udir ancora", "Mia piccirella", "O figli, o figli miei!"
Six Feet Under2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Apariencias2000performer: "Libiamo, libiamo, "Questa o quella"
Gloria1999performer: "Questa O Quello"
Ambush1999performer: "Love Me or Not", "Crucifixus", "Domine Deus"
Die Siebtelbauern1998performer: "La donna è mobile"
Italians in America1998TV Movie documentary performer: "Over There"
Family Resemblances1996performer: "Una furtiva lacrima"
Bullet1996performer: "La Tosca"
Nitrato d'argento1996Documentary performer: "Fenestra che lucea"
Lucky Punch1996performer: "Mattinata"
Other Voices, Other Rooms1995"Martha", "La Fleur que tu m'avais jetté"
The Stars Fell on Henrietta1995performer: "'Vesti La Giubba' from I Pagliacci"
Casas de fuego1995performer: "Qual volutta trascorrere"
Mulla ei ole mitään1992Documentary performer: "Tosca, Cavarados' Aria"
Mister Johnson1990performer: "Ah! Fuyez Douce Image" from Manon
Doogie Howser, M.D.1989TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 'Burbs1989performer: "QUESTA O QUELLA"
American Masters1987TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Aria1987performer: "Vesti la giubba"
The Whoopee Boys1986performer: "VESTI LA GIUBBA" from "Pagliacci"
Back to School1986performer: "A Dream"
The Grey Fox1982performer: "M'Appari Tutt'Amor"
Fitzcarraldo1982"Oh Mimi, Tu Piu Non Torni "
Oro, plata, mata1982performer: "Samson et Dalila..., "L'eliser d'amore-Act II... Donizetti, "Marta...M'appari"
Escape to Athena1979performer: "Vesti la giubba" On with the motley from "Pagliacci" - uncredited


Una Furtiva Lagrima2012ShortFish (voice)
The Splendid Romance1919Prince Cosimo
My Cousin1918Tommasso Longo / Cesare Caroli
Lucia di Lammermoor1911ShortEdgardo
Die Afrikanerin: O wunderbares Paradies1909ShortVasco da Gama
Lucia di Lammermoor1907Short Himself


Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (# 96)

Archive Footage

Pappano's Classical Voices2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Time to Remember2010TV Series documentaryHimself
American Masters2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Century of the Self2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Legenden1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Performances1992-1998TV SeriesHimself
American Justice: Target - Mafia1993TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Without Walls1992TV Series documentary
Neokonchennaya pyesa dlya mekhanicheskogo pianino1977Voice (uncredited)
Tatsachen über Legenden1971TV Series documentaryHimself
Opernführer1970TV SeriesDer Bajazzo
The Twentieth Century1961TV Series documentaryHimself
September Affair1950Himself - Vocalist (uncredited)
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
Wonderful Times1950DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself
Song of Surrender1949Singer on Vintage Phonograph Recordings

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