Jackie Basehart

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John Anthony Carmine Michael "Jackie" Basehart (11 October 1951 – 16 May 2015) was an American-Italian actor.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Santa Monica, California, Basehart was the son of actors Richard Basehart and Valentina Cortese.[1][2] For a few years, between the mid 1970s and the early 1980s, he was among the most requested young actors in Italian cinema, appearing in all sorts of films, even though mainly in supporting roles. At that time he was called "genius and recklessness" because of his excesses, which had ample space in the Italian gossip columns.[2]

Last years and death[edit]

Struck by a rare disease, which progressively involved difficulty swallowing, obesity, several hospitalizations and operations, and a gradual paralysis, he died at his home in Milan on 16 May 2015, aged 63.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Januaria Piromallo (20 May 2015). "Jackie Basehart, addio al figlio di Valentina Cortese. Il dolore muto di una madre". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Enrico Lancia, Fabio Melelli. Attori stranieri del nostro cinema. Gremese Editore, 2006.  ISBN 978-8-88440-425-1.
  3. ^ "Addio a Jackie Basehart attore figlio d’arte". Corriere della Sera. 19 May 2015. p. 17. 

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