Carlo Giuffre, Roberto Benigni's 'Pinocchio' Actor, Dies at 89

Updated On 06 Nov, 2018 Published On

Carlo Giuffre, an actor who is best known for starring as Geppetto in Roberto Benigni’s 2002 film Pinocchio, has died. He was 89.

He passed away in Rome on November 1, after succumbing to a terminal illness, just one month before his 90th birthday.

Born on December 3, 1928, Naples, Italy, Carlo appeared in more than 90 movies during his career and became a star of both Neapolitan theater and Italy’s cult comedies of the 1970s.

He was launched to silver-screen stardom starring opposite Monica Vitti in Mario Monicelli’s 1968 movie The Girl With the Pistol. The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best foreign-language film.

In 1981, Carlo starred opposite Claudia CardinaleMarcello Mastroianni and Burt Lancaster in Liliana Cavani’s 1981 film La Pelle, which opened in Cannes.

In 1984, Carlo received a David di Donatello award, which is Italy’s top film honor, for his role as Falcone in Maurizio Ponzi’s I Am Happy.

He was awarded the title of Grand Officer by the President of the Republic in 2007. 

His gave his last appearance in 2015 in a theatrical adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. His last film was the Vincenzo Salemme's Se mi lasci non vale (2016).

Rest In Peace Carlo Giuffre!

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