Bartolomeo Pagano

Bartolomeo Pagano (27 September 1878 – 24 June 1947) was an Italian motion picture actor.

Bartolomeo Pagano
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Pagano as Maciste
Born(1878-09-27)27 September 1878
Died24 June 1947(1947-06-24) (aged 68)
Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Years active1914–1929 (film)

Before his cinema career, Pagano was a stevedore who worked at the port of Genoa. There, he was discovered and selected to play the role of Maciste, a muscular slave, in the silent movie classic Cabiria in 1914. As the originator of this role, he went on to play the character for the next 14 years in a series of sequels. Pagano became an international star, and legally changed his name to Maciste. In the 1920s he was one of the most well paid actors in Italy, receiving up to 600.000 lire a year.[1] The actor retired from films in 1929 to marry and raise a family in his home town of Genoa. He died there, aged 68, and is buried on the family estate in Italy.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ M. Cardillo (1987). Dedalo (ed.). Tra le quinte del cinematografo: cinema, cultura e società in Italia 1900-1937 (in Italian). Bari. p. 198. ISBN 88-220-4522-X.

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