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Mastroianni, Marcello

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Born: 1924 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Actors

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1924 - Born on September 28th in Fontana Liri, Italy. An actor who became the preeminent leading man in Italian cinema during the 1960s. An attractive man whose acting style projected a mood of casual affability, he achieved international fame as the screen symbol of the modern European.

1947 - Made his film debut, Mastroianni had become a well-known actor in Italy by the mid-1950s.

1948 - He began an acting career in amateur theatricals sponsored by the university and he joined Italy's leading theatrical troupe.

1957-1960 - As the star of Le notti bianche, White Nights, he was noticed by the Italian director Federico Fellini who cast him in the leading role of the world-weary journalist in La dolce vita (“The Sweet Life”), the award-winning film that established Mastroianni's international reputation.

         - It was followed by other outstanding pictures—e.g., La notte (The Night), in which Mastroianni portrays a novelist who experiences emotional aridity in his marriage.

1961-1963 - Divorzio all'italiana (Divorce—Italian Style), a satiric farce about a debonair baron's attempts to free himself from an unwanted wife; and Otto e mezzo (8 1/2), an Academy Award-winning film also directed by Fellini, with Mastroianni as a creative film director.

1964-1977 - The comedies Ieri, oggi, domani (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) and Matrimonio all'italiana (Marriage—Italian Style) were two of the many films in which he costarred with the Italian actress Sophia Loren.

         - He also appeared with Loren in I girasoli (Sunflower), La moglie del prete (The Priest's Wife), and Una giornata speciale (A Special Day).

1996 - Died on December 19th in Paris, France.

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