Years active 1961-1980
|Name Gigi Ballista|
Role Film actor
|Born 1 December 1918 (1918-12-01) Florence, Italy|
Died August 2, 1980, Rome, Italy
Movies Giovannona Long‑Thigh, Midnight Express, Unbelievable Adventures of Italians, The Birds - the Bees and the It, Horse Fever
Similar People Mariano Laurenti, Steno, Luciano Martino, Nando Cicero, Salvatore Samperi
Gigi Ballista (1 December 1918 – 2 August 1980) was an Italian film and television actor. He appeared in 60 films between 1961 and 1980.
Life and career
Born in Florence, Ballista graduated in Law, then he started working as a PR consultant in the field of advertising and industrial documentaries. He debuted as an actor at a mature age in the early 1960s with some minor roles, but his breakout came in 1966 with a role of weight in Pietro Germi's The Birds, the Bees and the Italians.
Following the critical and commercial success of the film, Ballista decided to pursue a professional career as an actor, and he became, mainly thanks to his characteristic hoarse and dysphonic voice, one of the most recognizable character actors in Italian cinema and television.
ReferencesGigi Ballista Wikipedia
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