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 (18 September 1926 – 28 February 1994) was an Italian theatre and film actor, also a film director and dubber. 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.


Salerno was born in Milan.

After a small collaboration with Piccolo Teatro di Milano, from 1954 to 1955 (and more years) he 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, he founded the stage company "Nuova Compagnia degli Associati". In 1963 he 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 the 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 to Fioretta Pierella, he had four children: Giovanbattista, Edoardo, Pietruccio e Nicola. He then married in Laura Andreini. He was a former boyfriend of actress and Silvio Berlusconi soon-to-be wife Veronica Lario.

He had three brothers: Giovanbattista (artist & art professor), Fernando (music composer) and Vittorio (film director). He had a long relationship with Valeria Valeri, with whom he had a daughter, Chiara Salerno, also a dubbing actress.

In 1991 he acted as the father of Six Characters in Search of an Author by Pirandello, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Salerno died in Rome of lung cancer in 1994. After his death an award in support of contemporary drama was dedicated to his memory.

Filmography as film director[edit]

Selective filmography as actor[edit]


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