Amerigo Tot

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Amerigo Tot
Amerigo Tot fortepan 138384.jpg
Amerigo Tot in 1969.
Born
Imre Tóth

(1909-09-27)27 September 1909
Died13 December 1984(1984-12-13) (aged 75)
Occupationactor, sculptor
Years active1967–1977

Amerigo Tot (born Imre Tóth; 27 September 1909 – 13 December 1984) was a Hungarian sculptor and occasional actor. Born in Fehérvárcsurgó, Austria-Hungary[1] he moved to Rome towards the end of the 1920s, where he lived for the rest of his life. He studied in Budapest under Ferenc Helbing and György Leszkovszky from 1926 until 1928, and then at the Bauhaus in Germany.[2] As the Nazis came to power he moved to Rome where he worked sculpting memorials on a grant from the Roman-Hungarian Academy, where he eventually became an advisor. He fought in the Italian resistance movement starting in 1943.

He first received international recognition for his work on the frieze in Roma Termini station in 1950. He began doing abstract works in the 1950s. He returned home to Hungary several times, including 1937, 1939 and in 1969 in what was a carefully-prepared trip by the Hungarian communist culture-buro. In Hungary he was celebrated as a "world famous" artist and had big exhibitions. He did traditional works, including a Madonna sculpture in his native Fehérvárcsurgó, as well as abstract sculptures and public monuments, including Microcosm in Macrocosm (a tribute to Béla Bartók), His Majesty and The Kilowatt in Kecskemét. The Amerigo Tot Museum in Budapest is named after him.

In the 1960s and 1970s he made small appearances in films. He is perhaps best-known to English-speaking audiences for his role as Bussetta, Michael Corleone's bodyguard and executioner of Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II.[3][4][5] According to George S. Larke-Walsh, Tot's character in the film had to be brutal so that Michael's authority was retained.[6] He also appeared in The Most Beautiful Wife and Pulp (1972). The latter was directed by Mike Hodges for United Artists and featured Tot as Sotgio.[7]

Tot died in Rome in 1984. He is interred in the Farkasréti Cemetery in Budapest.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1968 Listen, Let's Make Love Baron von Tummler
1969 Satyricon Lica - Trifena's husband
1970 The Most Beautiful Wife Antonino Stella
1970 La califfa Industrialist
1972 Pulp Partisan
1974 The Godfather Part II Michael's Bodyguard
1976 Cuore di cane Il portiere

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Simon, Andrew L. (1998). Made in Hungary: Hungarian Contributions to Universal Culture. Simon Publications LLC. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-9665734-2-8.
  2. ^ "Amerigo Tot, scultore romano - Article Reader - Amerigo Tot Research".
  3. ^ Lebo, Harlan (25 October 2005). The Godfather Legacy: The Untold Story of the Making of the Classic Godfather Trilogy Featuring Never-Before-Published Production Stills. Simon and Schuster. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-7432-8777-7.
  4. ^ Santas, Constantine; Wilson, James M.; Colavito, Maria; Djoymi Baker (21 March 2014). The Encyclopedia of Epic Films. Scarecrow Press. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-8108-8248-5.
  5. ^ Murphy, A.D. (December 9, 1974). "The Godfather, Part II". Variety. Retrieved 2007-07-01.
  6. ^ Larke-Walsh, George S. (6 April 2010). Screening the Mafia: Masculinity, Ethnicity and Mobsters from The Godfather to The Sopranos. McFarland. p. 241. ISBN 978-0-7864-5613-0.
  7. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (8 December 2004). Mickey Rooney: His Films, Television Appearances, Radio Work, Stage Shows, and Recordings. McFarland. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-7864-2015-5.

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