Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni[a] (28 September 1924 – 19 December 1996) was an Italian film actor, regarded as one of his country's most iconic male performers of the 20th century. He played leading roles for many of Italy's top directors in a career spanning 147 films between 1939 and 1997, and garnered many international honors including 2 BAFTA Awards, 2 Best Actor awards at the Venice and Cannes film festivals, 2 Golden Globes, and 3 Academy Award nominations.
Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni
28 September 1924
Fontana Liri, Lazio, Italy
|Died||19 December 1996 (aged 72)|
(m. 1950; separated 1964)
|Partner(s)||Faye Dunaway (1968–1970)|
Catherine Deneuve (1970–1974)
Anna Maria Tatò (1976–1996, his death)
|Children||2, including Chiara|
|Relatives||Ruggero Mastroianni (brother)|
Born in the province of Frosinone and raised in Turin and Rome, Mastroianni made his film debut in 1939 at the age of 14, but did not seriously pursue acting until the 1950s, when he made his critical and commercial breakthrough in the caper comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street (1959). He became an international celebrity through his collaborations with director Federico Fellini, first as a disillusioned tabloid columnist in La Dolce Vita (1960), then as a creatively-stifled filmmaker in 8½ (1963). Excelling in both dramatic and comedic roles, he formed a notable on-screen duo with actress and sex symbol Sophia Loren, co-starring with her in eight films between 1954 and 1994.
Despite international acclaim, Mastroianni largely shunned Hollywood, and remained a quintessentially Italian thespian for the majority of his career. Nonetheless, he was the first actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for a non-English language performance, and was nominated for Best Actor three times – Divorce Italian Style (1961), A Special Day (1977), and Dark Eyes (1987). He was one of only three actors, the others being Jack Lemmon and Dean Stockwell, to win the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor twice. Mastroianni's contributions to Italian art and culture saw him receive multiple civil honours, including the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest ranking knighthood of the country.
Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, a small village in the Apennines within the Lazio province of Frosinone, and grew up in Turin and Rome. He was the son of Ida (née Irolle) and Ottone Mastroianni. Both of his parents were from the nearby town of Arpino. His father ran a carpentry shop. Mastroianni was a nephew of sculptor Umberto Mastroianni. During World War II, after the division into Axis and Allied Italy, he was interned in a loosely guarded German prison camp, from which he escaped to hide in Venice.
His brother Ruggero Mastroianni was a film editor who worked on some of Marcello's films (City of Women, Ginger and Fred), and appeared alongside Marcello in Scipione detto anche l'Africano, a spoof of the once popular Sword and Sandal film genre released in 1971.
Mastroianni made his screen debut as an uncredited extra in Marionette (1939) when he was fourteen, and made intermittent minor film appearances until landing his first big role in Atto d'accusa (1951). Within a decade he became a major international celebrity, starring in Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958); and in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (1960) playing a disillusioned and self-loathing tabloid columnist who spends his days and nights exploring Rome's decadent high society. Mastroianni followed La Dolce Vita with another signature role, that of a film director who, amidst self-doubt and troubled love affairs, finds himself in a creative block while making a film in Fellini's 8½ (1963).
His other prominent films include Days of Love (1954) with Marina Vlady; La Notte (1961) with Jeanne Moreau; Too Bad She's Bad (1954), Lucky to Be a Woman (1956), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963), Marriage Italian Style (1964), Sunflower (1970), The Priest's Wife (1971), A Special Day (1977) and Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter (1994) – all co-starring Sophia Loren; Luchino Visconti's White Nights (1957); Pietro Germi's Divorce Italian Style (1961); Family Diary (1962) with Jacques Perrin; A Very Private Affair (1962) with Brigitte Bardot; Mario Monicelli's Casanova 70 (1965); Diamonds for Breakfast (1968) with Rita Tushingham; The Pizza Triangle (1970) with Monica Vitti; Massacre in Rome (1973) with Richard Burton; The Sunday Woman (1975) with Jacqueline Bisset; Stay As You Are (1978) with Nastassja Kinski; Fellini's City of Women (1980) and Ginger and Fred (1986); Marco Bellocchio's Henry IV (1984); Macaroni (1985) with Jack Lemmon; Nikita Mikhalkov's Dark Eyes (1987) with Marthe Keller; Giuseppe Tornatore's Everybody's Fine (1990); Used People (1992) with Shirley MacLaine; and Agnès Varda's One Hundred and One Nights (1995).
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times: for Divorce Italian Style, A Special Day and Dark Eyes. Mastroianni, Dean Stockwell and Jack Lemmon are the only actors to have been twice awarded the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Mastroianni won it in 1970 for The Pizza Triangle and in 1987 for Dark Eyes.
Mastroianni starred alongside his daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, in Raúl Ruiz's Three Lives and Only One Death in 1996. For this performance he won the Silver Wave Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. His final film, Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997), was released posthumously.
Mastroianni married Flora Carabella (1926–1999) on 12 August 1950. They had one daughter together, Barbara (1951–2018), but eventually separated because of his affairs with younger women. Mastroianni's first serious relationship after the separation was with Faye Dunaway, his co-star in A Place for Lovers (1968). Dunaway wanted to marry and have children, but Mastroianni, a Catholic, refused to divorce Carabella. In 1970, after more than two years of waiting for Mastroianni to change his mind, Dunaway left him. Mastroianni told a reporter for People magazine in 1987 that he never got over his relationship with Dunaway. "She was the woman I loved the most", he said. "I'll always be sorry to have lost her. I was whole with her for the first time in my life."
Mastroianni had a daughter, Chiara Mastroianni (born 28 May 1972), with French actress Catherine Deneuve, who was nearly 20 years his junior and lived with him for four years in the 1970s. During that time, the couple made four films together: It Only Happens to Others (1971), La cagna (1972), A Slightly Pregnant Man (1973) and Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974). After Mastroianni and Deneuve broke up, Carabella reportedly offered to adopt Chiara because her parents' work kept them away so often. Deneuve would have none of it.
Mastroianni's other lovers reportedly included actresses Anouk Aimée, Ursula Andress, Claudia Cardinale, Carole Mallory and Lauren Hutton. Around 1976, he became involved with Anna Maria Tatò, an author and filmmaker. They remained together until his death.
Mastroianni died of pancreatic cancer on 19 December 1996 at the age of 72. Both of his daughters, as well as Deneuve and Tatò, were at his bedside. The Trevi Fountain in Rome, associated with his role in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, was symbolically turned off and draped in black as a tribute.
At the 1997 Venice Film Festival, Chiara, Carabella and Deneuve tried to block the screening of Tatò's four-hour documentary, Marcello Mastroianni: I Remember. The festival refused and the film was shown. The three women reportedly tried to do the same thing at Cannes. Tatò said Mastroianni had willed her all rights to his image.
|1944||I bambini ci guardano||Uncredited|
|1948||I Miserabili||Bit part|
|1950||Domenica d'agosto||Ercole Nardi|
|Contro la legge||Marcello Curti|
|Vita da cani||Carlo Danesi|
|Atto d'accusa||Renato La Torre|
|Cuori sul mare||Massimo Falchetti|
|1951||Passaporto per l'oriente||Aldo Mazzetti|
|Last Meeting||Michele Bonesi (voice)||Dubbed Jean-Pierre Aumont|
|Parigi è sempre Parigi||Marcello Venturi|
|1952||Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna||Marcello Sartori|
|L'eterna catena||Walter Ronchi|
|Penne nere||Pietro Cossuti|
|Gli eroi della domenica||Carlo Vagnetti|
|La muta di Portici||Extra||Uncredited|
|Il viale della speranza||Mario|
|Non è mai troppo tardi||Riccardo|
|Febbre di vivere||Daniele Massa|
|La valigia dei sogni|
|1954||Cronache di poveri amanti||Ugo|
|Tempi nostri||Il marito di Maria||Segment: "Il pupo"|
|Schiava del peccato||Giulio Franchi|
|Giorni d'amore||Pasquale Droppio|
|Casa Ricordi||Gaetano Donizetti|
|Peccato che sia una canaglia||Paolo|
|La principessa delle Canarie||Hernán|
|1955||Tam tam mayumbe||Alessandrini|
|La bella mugnaia||Luca|
|1956||La fortuna di essere donna||Corrado Betti|
|The Bigamist||Mario De Santis|
|1957||Padri e figli||Cesare|
|La ragazza della salina||Piero|
|Il momento più bello||Pietro Valeri|
|Le notti bianche||Mario|
|Il medico e lo stregone||Dr. Francesco Marchetti|
|1958||Un ettaro di cielo||Severino Balestra|
|I soliti ignoti||Tiberio|
|Racconti d'estate||Marcello Mazzoni|
|Amore e guai||Franco|
|1959||La Loi||Enrico Tosso|
|Il nemico di mia moglie||Marco Tornabuoni|
|Everyone's in Love||Giovanni|
|Ferdinando I, re di Napoli||Gennarino|
|1960||La Dolce Vita||Marcello Rubini|
|Il bell'Antonio||Antonio Magnano|
|Adua and Friends||Piero Salvagni|
|1961||La notte||Giovanni Pontano|
|Fantasmi a Roma||Reginaldo di Roviano / Federico di Roviano / Gino|
|Divorzio all'italiana||Ferdinando "Fefè" Cefalù|
|1962||Vita privata||Fabio Rinaldi|
|I compagni||Prof. Sinigaglia|
|Ieri, oggi, domani||Carmine Sbaratti|
|1964||Matrimonio all'italiana||Domenico Soriano|
|1965||Casanova 70||Maggiore Colombetti|
|La decima vittima||Marcello Poletti|
|Oggi, domani e dopodomani||Mario / Michele Profili / Mario Gasparri|
|1966||Io, io, io... e gli altri||Peppino Marassi|
|Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand||Alberto Saporito|
|1967||Lo straniero||Arthur Meursault|
|Questi fantasmi||The Ghost||Uncredited|
|1968||Break Up||Mario Fuggetta|
|Diamonds for Breakfast||Grand Duke Nikolay Vladimirovich Godunov|
|1970||The Pizza Triangle||Oreste Nardi|
|Leo the Last||Leo|
|The Priest's Wife||Don Mario|
|1971||Scipio the African||Scipio Africanus|
|Ça n'arrive qu'aux autres||Marcello|
|Permette? Rocco Papaleo||Rocco Papaleo|
|1973||Mordi e fuggi||Giulio Borsi|
|La Grande Bouffe||Marcello|
|Niente di grave: suo marito è incinto||Marco Mazetti|
|Rappresaglia||Father Pietro Antonelli|
|L'idolo della città||Nicolas Montei|
|1974||Touche pas à la femme blanche||George A. Custer|
|We All Loved Each Other So Much||Himself|
|1975||La pupa del gangster||Charlie Colletto|
|Per le antiche scale||Professor Bonaccorsi|
|Divina creatura||Michele Barra|
|La donna della domenica||Commissioner Salvatore Santamaria|
|1976||Todo modo||Don Gaetano|
|Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen||Paolo T. Fiume|
|Lunatics and Lovers||Marchese Luca Maria|
|1977||Una giornata particolare||Gabriele|
|Mogliamante||Luigi De Angelis|
|Doppio delitto||Bruno Baldassarre|
|1978||Ciao maschio||Luigi Nocello|
|Così come sei||Giulio Marengo|
|Blood Feud||Rosario Maria Spallone|
|1979||L'ingorgo – Una storia impossibile||Marco Montefoschi|
|Giallo napoletano||Raffaele Capece|
|La città delle donne||Snàporaz|
|1981||Fantasma d'amore||Nino Monti|
|La pelle||Curzio Malaparte|
|1982||La Nuit de Varennes||Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt|
|Oltre la porta||Enrico Sommi|
|The Last Horror Film||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|1983||Storia di Piera||Lorenzo|
|Gabriela, Cravo e Canela||Nacib|
|Il generale dell'armata morta||General Ariosto|
|1984||Enrico IV||Enrico IV|
|1985||Le due vite di Mattia Pascal||Mattia Pascal|
|Big Deal After 20 Years||Tiberio|
|1986||Ginger e Fred||Pippo Botticella (Fred)|
|1988||Miss Arizona||Rozsnyai Sándor|
|Che ora è?||Marcello|
|1990||Stanno tutti bene||Matteo Scuro|
|Verso sera||Prof. Bruschi|
|1991||To meteoro vima tou pelargou||Missing Politician|
|Le voleur d'enfants||Bigua|
|A Fine Romance||Cesareo Grimaldi|
|1992||Used People||Joe Meledandri|
|1993||Di questo non-si parla||Ludovico D'Andrea|
|Un, deux, trois, soleil||Constantin Laspada, le père|
|The True Life of Antonio H.||Himself|
|1995||Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma||L'ami italien / The Italian Friend|
|Al di là delle nuvole||The Man of All Vices|
|1996||Trois vies et une seule mort||Mateo Strano / Georges Vickers / Butler / Luc Allamand|
|1997||Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo||Manoel||Released posthumously|
|1966||The Poppy Is Also a Flower||Inspector Mosca||Made-for-TV movie|
|1971||Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In||Himself (guest)||2 episodes|
|1972||Correva l'anno di grazia 1870||Augusto Parenti||Made-for-TV movie|
|1978||Le mani sporche||Hoederer||Miniseries|
|1988||Piazza Navona||Himself||6 episodes|
|1994||A che punto è la notte||Salvatore Santamaria||Miniseries|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- David di Donatello
- Nastro d'Argento
- Venice Film Festival
- Cannes Film Festival
- BAFTA Award
- Golden Globe Award
- César Award
- 1993 Honorary César
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