Lauro Gazzolo

Lauro Gazzolo (born Ilario Gazzolo; 15 October 1900 – 2 October 1970) was an Italian actor and voice actor.[1]

Lauro Gazzolo
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Gazzolo during a dubbing session in 1951
Ilario Gazzolo

(1900-10-15)15 October 1900
Nervi, Italy
Died2 October 1970(1970-10-02) (aged 69)
Rome, Italy
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1938-1970
ChildrenNando Gazzolo
Virginio Gazzolo


Born in Nervi in Genoa, Gazzolo began his career on screen in 1938 starring in the comedy film The Document and became more successful after the end of World War II.[2] A popular character actor, he appeared in at least 106 films and played many roles between 1939 and 1966. Among his most popular filmography included The Jester's Supper, Four Steps in the Clouds and The Band of Honest Men.[3] In his later films, he appeared alongside his son Nando Gazzolo in the 1961 film Constantine and the Cross. This would mark Nando's film debut.

As a voice actor, Gazzolo dubbed foreign films into the Italian language.[4][5] He was the official Italian voice actor of Walter Brennan and Bud Abbott. He even dubbed over the voices of Sam Jaffe, George Hayes, Peter Lorre, Alan Napier, Joseph Egger, Arthur Malet, H. B. Warner, Gary Cooper, Charlie Chaplin, Charley Grapewin and Fernandel in either most of or their iconic film appearances. He was best known for dubbing elderly characters in western films and he was partnered up with his colleague Carlo Romano (Lou Costello's official dubber) in the Abbott and Costello sketches. In his animated roles, Gazzolo was renowned for dubbing characters in Walt Disney films such as Bashful in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dandy (Jim) Crow in Dumbo, The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, Archimedes in The Sword in the Stone and Jock in Lady and the Tramp.

Selected filmographyEdit

Gazzolo (left) with Osvaldo Valenti in The Jester's Supper (1942)
Gazzolo in Mid-Century Loves (1954)
Gazzolo (left) with Olga Solbelli in Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950)


  1. ^ "Lauro Gazzolo's dubbing contributions". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Lauro Gazzolo". MYmovies. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  3. ^ A. W. (22 November 1948). "The Screen in Review; Gino Cervi Quits for a Time a Boring Life in the Film '4 Steps in the Clouds'". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Once upon a time in dubbing #4". 6 September 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  5. ^ Cronologia fondamentale dell'epoca d'oro del doppiaggio italiano Dagli albori agli anni 1970 (in Italian)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Lauro Gazzolo at Wikimedia Commons