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Short Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 1, 1922
DiedJune 29, 2000, Rome, Italy
SpouseDiletta D'Andrea, Juliette Mayniel, Shelley Winters, Nora Ricci
MarkPowerful, versatile voice
FactStudied acting at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica in Rome.

Vittorio Gassman, born Vittorio Gassmann, was an Italian actor, director, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the greatest Italian actors of all time. His filmography includes over 100 films, spanning from 1940 to 2002.

Gassman was born in Genoa, Italy, on September 1, 1922. His parents were of German and Italian descent. He had two brothers, one of whom died in infancy. Gassman’s father was a doctor. His mother died when he was two years old.

Gassman was educated at the prestigious Liceo classico Cavour in Turin. He later studied at the University of Rome, where he earned a degree in literature.

Gassman’s acting career began in 1940, when he made his film debut in the comedy La cena delle beffe (The Feast of Fools). He went on to appear in a number of Italian films throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

In 1951, Gassman made his stage debut in the play La locandiera (The Landlady), which was a huge success. He went on to star in a number of other successful stage productions, including I quattro rusteghi (The Four Rustics) and Il berretto a sonagli (The Noise-maker’s Hat).

Gassman’s film career reached new heights in the 1960s with his performances in the films La dolce vita (1960), L’armata Brancaleone (1966), and Blow-Up (1966). He won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in L’armata Brancaleone.

In the 1970s, Gassman continued to appear in both films and television shows. He had a leading role in the miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977) and won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the film A Bridge Too Far (1977).

Gassman’s later film roles include those in La notte di San Lorenzo (1982), Il muro di gomma (1984), and La piovra (1984). He also appeared in several American films, such as The Godfather Part III (1990) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

Gassman was married three times and had four children. His first wife was the actress Stefania Sandrelli, with whom he had two sons. His second wife was the actress Florinda Bolkan, with whom he had a daughter. His third wife was the actress Alessandra Martines, with whom he had a son.

Gassman died of a heart attack on June 29, 2000, at the age of 77.

General Info

Date Of BirthSeptember 1, 1922
DiedJune 29, 2000, Rome, Italy
Place Of BirthGenoa, Italy
Height1.87 m
ProfessionActor, Film director, Screenwriter


SpouseDiletta D'Andrea, Juliette Mayniel, Shelley Winters, Nora Ricci
ChildrenAlessandro Gassmann, Paola Gassman, Vittoria Gassman, Jacopo Gassman
ParentsHeinrich Gassmann, Luisa Ambron


AwardsCannes Best Actor Award, David di Donatello for Best Actor, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, David di Donatello Special Award, David di Donatello Special Plate Award, David di Donatello Golden Medal of the Minister of Tourism Award, Honorary Molière Award, David di Donatello International Thea...
NominationsStrega Prize
MoviesIl Sorpasso, Big Deal on Madonna Street, Bitter Rice, Scent of a Woman, Sleepers, We All Loved Each Other So Much, The Great War, For Love and Gold, War and Peace, Opiate '67, Quintet, Rhapsody, Sharky's Machine, Viva Italia!, Barabbas, Love and Larceny, Life Is a Bed of Roses, The Tiger and the Pus...
TV ShowsAbraham, The Count of Monte Cristo

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#Marks / Signs
1Powerful, versatile voice


1Men don't understand anything about women and women don't understand anything about men. And it's better that way.
2No-one should die. That's the only mistake God ever made.


1From 1950 until 1952 he was the partner of actress Elvi Lissiak.
2Father of actress Paola Gassman, doctor Vittoria Gassman, actor Alessandro Gassman and Jacopo Gassman, grandfather of assistant director Tommaso Pagliai.
3From 1964 until 1968 he was the partner of actress Juliette Mayniel. They have a son, actor Alessandro Gassman.
4From 1953 until 1960 he was the partner of actress Anna Maria Ferrero.
5From 1961 until 1963 he was the partner of actress Annette Stroyberg.
6His mother, Luisa Ambron, from Pisa, Tuscany, was an Italian Jew. His father, Heinrich Gassmann, was German, from Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
7Studied acting at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica in Rome.
8In his public appearances, he often criticized moderated cultural positions and gained some enemies in the world of art for his frank judgments.
9Became widely popular with Luchino Visconti's theater company, performing in important plays such as Tennessee Williams' "Un tram che si chiama desiderio" (A Streetcar Named Desire) or William Shakespeare's "Rosalinda".
10Shares his birthday with actress Yvonne De Carlo.
11Founded and ran for years one of the most select acting schools.
12The standard joke on him was that he had such an interesting, flexible voice (and such an outstanding acting ability) that he could have made everything he read entertaining and intense. In mid-90s, a satirical show on Italy national TV gave him a 2 minutes space (named "Gassman Legge", literally "Gassman Reads") where he just "acted" few lines from banal, utterly non-poetic texts, e.g. the Yellow Pages, a blood test report, a telephone bill, the classifieds page in a local newspaper and so on. The segment was a success.




Inferno by Dante2017post-productionDante - Italian Recitation (voice)
La bomba1999Don Vito Bracalone
La cena1998Maestro Pezzullo
Un homme digne de confiance1997TV MovieAdriano Venturi
Il deserto di fuoco1997TV Mini-SeriesTarek
Sleepers1996King Benny
Once a Year, Every Year1994Giuseppe
Abraham1993TV Mini-SeriesTerah
Ulisse e la balena bianca1993TV MovieAchab
Quando eravamo repressi1992The Sexologist
El largo invierno1992Claudio
Rossini! Rossini!1991Ludwig van Beethoven (uncredited)
I divertimenti della vita privata1990Marquis
Il giudice istruttore1990TV SeriesConsigliere Istruttore
Les 1001 nuits1990Sinbad
Tolgo il disturbo1990Augusto Scribani
Dimenticare Palermo1990Il Principe
The Sleazy Uncle1989Uncle Luca
L'altro enigma1988TV MovieIl padre / Sofocle
I picari1987Marchese Felipe de Aragona
The Family1987Carlo, as a man / Carlo's grandfather
Big Deal After 20 Years1985Peppe il pantera
Benvenuta1983Livio Carpi
Life Is a Bed of Roses1983Walter Guarini
Il conte Tacchia1982Prince Torquato Terenzi
Sharky's Machine1981Victor Scorelli
Il turno1981Ciro Coppa
Camera d'albergo1981Achille Mengaroni
The Nude Bomb1980Sauvage Nino Salvatori Sebastiani
La terrazza1980Mario
Due pezzi di pane1979Pippo Mif
Caro pap1979Albino Millozza
Quintet1979St. Christopher
A Wedding1978Luigi Corelli
Viva Italia!1977Il cardinale (segment "Tantum ergo") / Il cameriere (segment "Hostaria") / Il marito (segment "Sequestro di persona cara") / ...
Anima persa1977Fabio Stolz
Il deserto dei tartari1976Colonel Giovanbattista Filimore
Signore e signori, buonanotte1976CIA agent / Tuttumpezzo
Come una rosa al naso1976Anthony M. Wilson
The Career of a Chambermaid1976Franco Denza
The Immortal Bachelor1975Andrea Sansoni
We All Loved Each Other So Much1974Gianni Perego
Scent of a Woman1974Il capitano Fausto Consolo
La Tosca1973Scarpia
What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution1972Guido Guidi
L'udienza1972Principe Donati
Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto1972Armando Zavanatti
In nome del popolo italiano1971Lorenzo Santenocito
Scipione detto anche l'africano1971Catone il Censore
Brancaleone alle Crociate1970Brancaleone da Norcia
L'uomo dal fiore in bocca1970TV ShortL'uomo dal fiore
Il divorzio1970Leonardo Nenci
Contestazione generale1970Riccardo
L'arcangelo1969Furio Bertuccia
12 + 11969Mario Beretti
Dove vai tutta nuda?1969Rufus Conforti
La pecora nera1968Mario Agasti / Filippo Agasti
Il profeta1968Pietro Breccia
Catch As Catch Can1968Bob Chiaramonte
Questi fantasmi1967Pasquale Lojacono
Woman Times Seven1967Cenci (segment "Two Against One")
The Tiger and the Pussycat1967Francesco Vincenzini
The Devil in Love1966Belfagor
Le piacevoli notti1966Bastiano da Sangallo
L'armata Brancaleone1966Brancaleone da Norcia
A Maiden for the Prince1966Principe don vincenzo gonzaga
Slalom1965Lucio Ridolfi
The Secret Agents1965Perego / Ferrari (French)
La congiuntura1964Giuliano
Il gaucho1964Marco Ravicchio
Let's Talk About Women1964Stranger / Practical Joker / Client / ...
Frenesia dell'estate1964Captain Mario Nardoni
I mostri1963The Actor (segment "La Raccomandazione") / Policeman (segment "Il Mostro") / Favilla (segment "Presa dalla Vita") / ...
Il successo1963Giulio Ceriani
The Eye of the Needle1963Giorgio Mazzanò - lawyer
L'amore difficile1962L'avvocato (segment "L'avaro")
La marcia su Roma1962Domenico Rocchetti
Il Sorpasso1962Bruno Cortona
Anima nera1962Adriano Zucchelli
I briganti italiani1961O Caporale
The Last Judgment1961Cimino
Fantasmi a Roma1961Giovanni Battista Villari, aka 'il Caparra'
Adelchi1961TV Movie
...And Suddenly It's Murder!1960Remo
Love and Larceny1960Gerardo Latini
Audace colpo dei soliti ignoti1959Peppe er pantera
Le sorprese dell'amore1959The Schoolteacher (uncredited)
La cambiale1959Michele
The Miracle1959Guido
La grande guerra1959Giovanni Busacca
The Love Specialist1958Piero di Montalcino
Big Deal on Madonna Street1958Peppe il pantera
Kean - Genio e sregolatezza1957Edmund Kean
Defend My Love1956Giovanni Marchi
War and Peace1956Anatol Kuragin
The Violent Patriot1956Giovanni De Medici
Amleto1955TV MovieAmleto (Hamlet)
Beautiful But Dangerous1955Prince Sergei
Mambo1954Mario Rossi
Rhapsody1954Paul Bronte
Cry of the Hunted1953Jory
Sombrero1953Alejandro Castillo
The Glass Wall1953Peter Kaban
La tratta delle bianche1952Michele (as Vittorio Gassmann)
The Dream of Zorro1952Don Antonio / Juan
Anna1951Vittorio (as Vittorio Gassmann)
La corona negra1951Mauricio
Double Cross1951Renato Salvi
Il leone di Amalfi1950Mauro
Lo sparviero del Nilo1950Yussuf (as Vittorio Gassmann)
I fuorilegge1950Turi
Streets of Sorrow1950Giorgio
Lure of the Sila1949Pietro Campolo (as Vittorio Gassmann)
Una voce nel tuo cuore1949Paolo Baldini
Bitter Rice1949Walter (as Vittorio Gassmann)
The Mysterious Rider1948Giacomo Casanova, cavaliere di Seingalt
L'ebreo errante1948Mathieu Nahum / Mathieu Blumenthal
Daniele Cortis1947Daniele Cortis
Le avventure di Pinocchio1947Il Pescatore Verde
La figlia del capitano1947Svabrin
Incontro con Laura1945


Ulisse e la balena bianca1993TV Movie
Di padre in figlio1982
Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto1972screenplay / story
L'alibi1969screenplay / story
Kean - Genio e sregolatezza1957


L'altro enigma1988TV Movie
Di padre in figlio1982
Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto1972
Adelchi1961TV Movie
Kean - Genio e sregolatezza1957


Caro pap1979performer: "Bambina innamorata" - uncredited


Amleto1955TV Movie director: stage production


Caro Vittorio2004Documentary shortHimself
Drôles, tendre et méchants: La comédie1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Luchino Visconti1999DocumentaryHimself
Caiga quien caiga1997TV SeriesHimself
Speciale mastroianni - il fascino della normalit1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cento di questi anni1994Documentary shortSe stesso
De tú a tú1992TV Series
Felicidades, Alberti1991TV MovieHimself
La ronda1991TV SeriesHimself
La nuit des Molières1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Bouillon de culture1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Cinema 31990TV SeriesHimself
Ahí te quiero ver1987TV SeriesHimself
Galeria oberta1986TV SeriesHimself
The Great Hamlets1983TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Le grand échiquier1983TV SeriesHimself
Champs-Elysées1982TV SeriesHimself
Di padre in figlio1982Himself
Vittorio Gassman aux enchères1982TV MovieHimself
Apostrophes1982TV SeriesHimself
La nuit des Césars1981TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Sono fotogenico1980Himself (uncredited)
Portrait de Vittorio Gassman1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1977TV SeriesHimself
E il Casanova di Fellini?1975TV Movie documentaryHimself
Apropos Film1975TV Series documentaryHimself
Samedi soir1974TV SeriesHimself
Io e...1972TV Series documentaryHimself
Rom aktuell1969TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966TV SeriesHimself
Una vita difficile1961Himself (uncredited)
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHimself
En direct de...1956TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

GT Ragazzi2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2008TV Movie
Il falso bugiardo2008Himself
La mandrágora2008TV Series
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon2006TV SpecialHimself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow2006TV SpecialHimself
Adolfo Celi, un uomo per due culture2006DocumentaryHimself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV SpecialHimself
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Cinema Paradiso1988Walter (uncredited)
Miris poljskog cveca1977Himself
Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca1975
Io la conoscevo bene1965Himself (uncredited)
Ridendo e scherzando - Ritratto di un regista all'italiana2015Documentary
Còmics2015TV SeriesHimself
Colpo di scena2014TV SeriesGianni Perego
Felice chi è diverso2014DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dante's Hell Animated2013ShortDante
L'uomo dai quattro nomi2013
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 1980-19892013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Close Up2012DocumentaryHimself
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai e l'Istituto Luce raccontano la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 1932-19532012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Too Young to Die2012TV Series documentaryMario Beretti
Dai nostri inviati: La Rai racconta la Mostra del cinema 1954-19672010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vittorio racconta Gassman: Una vita da mattatore2010DocumentaryHimself
Volando con Visconti2010


Won Awards

2005Platinum Award for Cinematic ExcellenceViareggio EuropaCinemaPosthumously.
2000Special Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsPosthumously.
1999Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore Non Protagonista)La cena (1998)
1997Prince of Asturias AwardPrince of Asturias AwardsArts
199640th Anniversary DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
1996Career Golden GlobeGolden Globes, Italy
1996Career Golden LionVenice Film Festival
1991Special DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
1990Career GobletGolden Goblets, Italy
1990Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Lo zio indegno (1989)
1990Career CharybdisTaormina International Film Festival
1989Special Jury AwardMontréal World Film FestivalFor his artistic contribution to cinema.
1988Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
1987DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)La famiglia (1987)
1987Golden CiakGolden Ciak AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)La famiglia (1987)
1986Career AwardCervia Spettacoli e Dintorni Festival
1984Special PlateDavid di Donatello Awards
1982Golden Medal of the Minister of TourismDavid di Donatello Awards
1979DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Caro pap (1979)
1975Best ActorCannes Film FestivalProfumo di donna (1974)
1975DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Profumo di donna (1974)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, ItalyBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Profumo di donna (1974)
1975Golden GobletGolden Goblets, ItalyBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Profumo di donna (1974)
1975Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Profumo di donna (1974)
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, ItalyBest First Feature (Migliore Opera Prima)Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto (1972)
1971Prize San SebastiánSan Sebastián International Film FestivalBest ActorBrancaleone alle Crociate (1970)
1967DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Il tigre (1967)
1965DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)La congiuntura (1964)
1964Best ActorMar del Plata Film FestivalI mostri (1963)
1963DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Il sorpasso (1962)
1963Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Il sorpasso (1962)
1960DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)La grande guerra (1959)
1959Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)I soliti ignoti (1958)
1957Golden GobletGolden Goblets, ItalyBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Kean - Genio e sregolatezza (1957)

Nominated Awards

1987Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)La famiglia (1987)
1982Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureDi padre in figlio (1982)
1971Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Brancaleone alle Crociate (1970)
1967Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)L'armata Brancaleone (1966)
1964Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)I mostri (1963)
1960Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)La grande guerra (1959)
1958Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)Kean - Genio e sregolatezza (1957)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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