Rosario "Saro" Urzì (24 February 1913 – 1 November 1979)[1] was an Italian actor. He is best known for his roles in the films In the Name of the Law (1949), The Railroad Man (1956), Seduced and Abandoned (1964), which earned him a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor, and The Godfather (1972).

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Urzì in Seduced and Abandoned (1964)
Rosario Urzì

(1913-02-24)24 February 1913
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Died1 November 1979(1979-11-01) (aged 66)
Resting placeCimitero di Ottaviano, Naples, Campania, Italy
Years active1939–1977


Born in Sicily, he moved to Rome to seek his fortune. He met Pietro Germi in 1949 and appears in Germi's In nome della legge, a film for which he won Nastro d'Argento as Best Supporting Actor. He became Germi's favourite actor, working together with him in Path of Hope (1950), The Railroad Man (1956), The Facts of Murder (1959), Alfredo, Alfredo (1972) and most notably Seduced and Abandoned in 1964. That film earned him Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Nastro d'Argento the following year.

He acted in Don Camillo sequels, John Huston's Beat the Devil, Luigi Comencini's Bread, Love and Jealousy, and international films such as Woman of Straw, and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather as Signor Vitelli, father of Michael Corleone's love Apollonia.

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