Raf Vallone Biography

Birthday: 1916-02-17
Place of Birth: Tropea, Calabria
Wiki Biography: Raf Vallone was an internationally acclaimed Italian movie star known for his rugged good looks. The athletic Vallone, a former soccer player who often was compared to Burt Lancaster, was born Raffaele Vallone in 1916 in Tropea in Calabria, Italy, the son of a prominent lawyer and his aristocratic wife. At the University of Turin, Vallone took degrees in law and philosophy and then entered his father's law firm. Vallone played semi-professional soccer but never realized his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Subsequently, he became a sports reporter for L'Unita, a communist newspaper, and also a drama critic for La Stampa. During World War II, Vallone served with the anti-Fascist resistance. His first job as a movie actor was a bit part in Noi vivi (1942) (aka, "We the Living"), but Vallone was not serious about acting as a career. Hired as a researcher on a film about labor unrest, director Giuseppe De Santis cast Vallone as a soldier competing with Vittorio Gassman for the love of Silvana Mangano in what became the neo-realist classic Bitter Rice (1949) ("Bitter Rice"). The film propelled Vallone, pronounced a natural actor by De Santis, into international stardom and ended his journalism career. Vallone became a major star in Italy in the 1950s and then a player in the global film industry, making movies in Italian, French and English. Vallone achieved popularity with American audiences in the 1960s, starting with his supporting roles in Two Women (1960) ("Two Women") and El Cid (1961), both co-starring Sophia Loren. Other major actresses he co-starred with on film and stage included Gina Lollobrigida, Anna Magnani, Melina Mercouri, Simone Signoret, and Elena Varzi, to whom he was married for 52 years, until his death in 2002. Vallone's first "American" role was as the incest-minded Italian-American longshoreman Eddie Carbone in Sidney Lumet's film of Arthur Miller's Vu du pont (1962) ("A View from the Bridge"). Other prominent roles in American films included Otto Preminger's The Cardinal (1963), Roger Corman's The Secret Invasion (1964), Harlow (1965/I) starring Carroll Baker, and Henry Hathaway's Nevada Smith (1966). Vallone played many priests during his long career, culminating with the cardinal-confessor of mobster Michael Corleone, a priest who becomes pope and is murdered by the Mafia, in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part III (1990). Appearing for the other side, Vallone was memorable as the Mafia boss Altabani in the original The Italian Job (1969).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
El C.I.D. Count Ordóñez 1961 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Los ojos dejan huella 1952 Drama, Crime
El Cid Count Ordóñez 1961 Action, Drama
Phaedra 1962
Nevada Smith 1966 0
The Kremlin Letter 1970 Thriller
Cannon for Cordoba 1970
A Gunfight 1971
The Other Side of Midnight Constantin Demeris 1977 Drama, Romance, Thriller
The Greek Tycoon 1978 Drama
An Almost Perfect Affair 1979 Comedy, Romance
Lion of the Desert 1981 Drama
The Scarlet and the Black 1983 Drama, History
Paradigma Laboratory director 1985 Drama, Mystery
The Godfather: Part III Cardinal Lamberto 1990 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Godfather Part III Cardinal Lamberto 1990 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Toni Le vieux / The Old Man 1999 Crime, Drama, Romance