Alan Furlan

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Alan Furlan
Born Aleardo Furlan
(1920-04-13)13 April 1920
Farla, Italy
Died 14 May 1997(1997-05-14) (aged 77)
Winchester, Virginia, United States

Alan Furlan (13 April 1920 - 14 May 1997) was an Italian-American actor.

Biography[edit]

Born Aleardo Furlan in Farla, in the North Friuli region of Italy, Furlan acted in films in Europe and the United States, on Broadway and in commercials.[1]

On Broadway he appeared in productions such as Holiday for Lovers (1957), The Best House in Naples (1956), Idiot's Delight (1951)[2] and Romeo and Juliet (1951) starring Olivia de Havilland.[3] In the late 40s, he performed in Chicago area summer stock theaters with actors such as Richard Kiley.[4]

Furlan played the role of Giancarlo in the Italian film Donatella (1956)[5] which was selected for competition at the Berlin Film Festival.[6] He appeared in numerous live broadcast anthology drama television series with lead roles in episodes of Police Call,[7][8] one of the top grossing television series released in 1955,[9] as well as a supporting role in the Producers' Showcase production (1957) of the melodramatic comedic Broadway play The Great Sebastians, starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne [10] and the Armstrong Circle Theatre episode The Sound of Violence: The Jukebox Racket (1959).[11]

He toured with Mae West as her Latin lover in Come On Up, Ring Twice and performed in the TV version of the Moon and Sixpence with Laurence Olivier (1959).[12]

Furlan later became the mentor of Wisconsin's Sunset Playhouse [13] where he remained artistic director for 28 years.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Mary Lake and they had a daughter Nicola Lea.[14]

Filmography[edit]

  • The Sinner (1959), aka La peccatrice del deserto (original title Italy); aka Desert Desperados (USA title)
  • Armstrong Circle Theatre, (1959) The Sound of Violence: The Jukebox Racket
  • Producers' Showcase, The Great Sebastians (1957)
  • Defend My Love (1956), aka Difendo il mio amore (original title Italy)
  • War and Peace (1956 film)
  • I tre moschettieri (1956, TV series); aka The Three Musketeers (USA title)
  • Donatella (1956)
  • Police Call (1955)
  • La tua donna (1954)
  • Orient Express (1953); episode His Son (aka His Boy)

Broadway stage work[edit]

  • Holiday for Lovers (1957)
  • The Best House in Naples (1956)
  • Idiot's Delight (1951)
  • Romeo and Juliet (1951)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Miwaukee Journal". April 11, 1970. 
  2. ^ "Broadway database". Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Magazine". March 17, 1951. 
  4. ^ "The Milwaukee Journal". July 30, 1985. 
  5. ^ "Libero Magazine". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Archive". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ "TV Guide Police Call episode -An unappreciative delinquent defies his aunt's kindness". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ "TV Guide Police Call episode - Someone is putting arsenic in bonbons". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ "IMBD database Top Grossing TV Series 1955". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Producer's Showcase Library". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ "TV Episode Guide". Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Milwaukee Journal". June 27, 1959. 
  13. ^ Nason, Richard. "New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ "IMDB biography of Alan Furlan". Retrieved July 29, 2010. 

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