Enrico Maria Salerno

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Enrico Maria Salerno
Enrico Maria Salerno 1960.jpg
Salerno in Long Night in 1943 (1960)
Born (1926-09-18)18 September 1926
Milan, Italy
Died 28 February 1994(1994-02-28) (aged 67)
Rome, Italy
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation Actor, director

Enrico Maria Salerno (September 18, 1926 in Milan – February 28, 1994 in Rome) was an Italian theatre & film actor, also a film director. He was also the voice of Clint Eastwood in the Italian version of Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy films, and the voice of Christ in The Gospel According to St. Matthew directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini.


After a small collaboration with Piccolo Teatro di Milano, from 1954 to 1955 (and more years) worked in Teatro Stabile di Genova, with Fyodor Dostoevsky, Pirandello, William Shakespeare, Vittorio Alfieri and Giraudoux successful stage adaptations.

In 1960 with Ivo Garrani and Giancarlo Sbragia founded the stage company "Nuova Compagnia degli Associati". In 1963 starred in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, co-starring Sarah Ferrati, stage direction by Franco Zeffirelli. In 1966 he was the star of Byron's Manfred, in the role of an actor reciting the musical score by Schumann, conducted by Claudio Abbado, directed by Mauro Bolognini.

In 1970 he made his direction film debut with love drama box office and award winning film Anonimo Veneziano. He was directed by many great film directors, as Mario Monicelli, Roberto Rossellini, Valerio Zurlini, Florestano Vancini, Dino Risi, Dario Argento, Luigi Comencini, Luigi Magni, Antonio Pietrangeli.

Married with Fioretta Pierella, he had four children: Giovanbattista, Edoardo, Pietruccio e Nicola. He married in second marriage Laura Andreini.

Brother of film director Vittorio Salerno, had a long relationship with Valeria Valeri; with whom he had a daughter, Chiara Salerno, a famous dubbing actress.

In 1991 offers his last great theater interpretation such as the father of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Pirandello, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

He was an atheist.[1] After his death, a prestigious award in support of contemporary drama was dedicated to the memory of actor.

Filmography as film director[edit]

Selective filmography as actor[edit]


  1. ^ Maurizio Porro, Corriere della Sera, 1º marzo 1994, p. 33.

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