Ernesto Colli

Ernesto Colli (16 May 1940 – 19 November 1982) was an Italian film, television and stage actor.

Ernesto Colli
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Colli in Rugantino (1973)
Born(1940-05-16)16 May 1940
Died19 November 1982(1982-11-19) (aged 42)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Biella, Colli graduated from liceo classico, then he started acting in some amateur dramatics and starred in two lost Super 8 films.[1][2] After one year of university he decided to abandon his studies to enroll the Fersen drama school in Rome.[2]

A real life friend of Vittorio Gassman, Colli often acted alongside him, especially on stage, and he made his film debut playing a small role in the Gassman's film The Devil in Love.[1] He then appeared in a large number of movies and TV-series, even if usually in character roles.[1] He was a character actor who acted actively especially during the seventies.

Equipped with a particularly disturbing face, Ernesto Colli always recited customized roles for him, from the crazy to the delinquent and from the possessed to the weird man; probably the films where he had a most significant part was The Pleasure Shop on 7th Avenue and in Deadly Inheritance .

The last role he played was that of a porter of a stable in Rome, in the movie Pierino La Peste Alla Riscossa!, shot a few months before his death and in which he already appeared with the face and the physique excavated by disease.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli artisti. Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 88-7742-261-0.
  2. ^ a b p. m. "Cordoglio nel Biellese per l'improvvisa morte dell'attore Ernesto Colli". La Stampa. No. 254. p. 18.

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