Leo Gullotta

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Leo Gullotta
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Gullotta in 1979
Born
Salvatore Leopoldo Gullotta

(1946-01-09) January 9, 1946 (age 73)
Catania, Italy
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, writer
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)
Pierluigi Diaco (m. 2019)

Salvatore Leopoldo "Leo" Gullotta (born January 9, 1946) is an Italian actor, voice actor, comedian and writer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Catania and the last of six children, Gullotta started his career as an extra in Teatro Massimo Bellini. In his long career as actor, Gullotta has starred in about 100 films and has participated in numerous shows and drama series for television. In 1987 he won his first David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Il Camorrista by Giuseppe Tornatore, and later worked with Tornatore four more times.[2] In 1997 and 2000 he won two more David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor, for the Maurizio Zaccaro films Il carniere and Un uomo perbene.[2] He has also won two Silver Ribbon for Best supporting Actor, in 1984 for Mi manda Picone by Nanni Loy and in 2001 for Vajont by Renzo Martinelli.[2]

Gullotta has starred in many theatrical plays and dramas, and was part of the theater company "Il Bagaglino". He won the Flaiano Prize as stage actor of the year in 2010.[3] He celebrated fifty years of activity that same year.[4]

Gullotta is also a well known voice actor, among others. He was the Italian voice of Manny in the first three films of the Ice Age film series. He reprised this role in short films and video games. He also dubbed Burt Young in the Rocky series, Joe Pesci in Once Upon a Time in America, Moonwalker and My Cousin Vinny, and robot "Number 5." in Short Circuit. He also became the new Italian voice of Woody Allen after the death of Oreste Lionello in 2009.

In 1998 Gullotta debuted as writer with the book Mille fili d'erba (Di Renzo Editore, ISBN 88-86044-87-9).

Personal life[edit]

Gullotta is openly gay.[5] He came out to the public about his sexuality in 1995. In 2019, he married his partner of 32 years, Pierluigi Diaco.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Lo voglio maschio (1971)
  • La soldatessa alla visita militare (1977) - Captain Lopez - doctor
  • Squadra antitruffa (1977) - Tarcisio Pollaroli - aka Er Fibbia
  • Ride bene... chi ride ultimo (1977) - Ifigenia' (segment "Sedotto e violentato)
  • Rock 'n' Roll (1978) - Il vigile
  • Café Express (1980) - Imbastaro
  • Stark System (1980) - Schioppa
  • I carabbimatti (1981) - Salvatore Caruso
  • L'onorevole con l'amante sotto il letto (1981) - Segretaria Sgarbozzi / Onorevole Sgarbozzi
  • L'esercito più pazzo del mondo (1981) - Trasformista
  • Teste di quoio (1981) - Carrisi - l'interprete
  • I carabbimatti (1981) - Carabiniere Pasta
  • Il paramedico (1982) - Attorney
  • Spaghetti House (1982) - Salvatore Manzilla
  • Sturmtruppen 2 (tutti al fronte) (1982) - Recluta
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose (1982) - Walter
  • Miss Right (1982) - Benito
  • Where's Picone? (1984) - Sgueglia
  • Giuseppe Fava: Siciliano come me (1984)
  • Mezzo destro mezzo sinistro - 2 calciatori senza pallone (1985) - Juan Carlos Fulgencio
  • Il Bi e il Ba (1986) - Gaetano
  • The Professor (1986) - comissario Iervolino
  • Grandi magazzini (1986) - Simoni
  • Italiani a Rio (1987) - Salvatore Giuffrida
  • Tango blu (1987) - Fior da Fiore
  • Animali metropolitani (1987) - Don Michele Amitrano
  • Cinema Paradiso (1988) - Usher
  • Operazione pappagallo (1988)
  • Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) - Nadir
  • Scugnizzi (1989) - Fortunato Assante
  • L'insegnante di violoncello (1989) - Leo
  • Everybody's Fine (1990) - Uomo armato sul tetto
  • Nel giardino delle rose (1990) - Armando
  • Gole ruggenti (1992) - Edoardo Lasagnetta - scriptwriter
  • Agnieszka (1992) - Franco
  • Pacco, doppio pacco e contropaccotto (1993) - Il frodatore fiscale conto terzi
  • The Escort (1993) - Policeman
  • Sì!... Ma vogliamo un maschio (1994)
  • Uomini uomini uomini (1995) - Tony
  • The Star Maker (1995) - Vito
  • Selvaggi (1995) - Luigi
  • Snowball (1995) - Sidik
  • Carogne (1995) - Prandstaller
  • Bruno Is Waiting on the Car (1996) - Ziino
  • 3 (1996) - Vescovo di Pisa
  • The Game Bag (1997) - Carlo Gabbiadini
  • Io, tu e tua sorella (1997) - Dr. Fabietti
  • I corti italiani (1997)
  • Gli inaffidabili (1997) - Bostik
  • Simpatici & antipatici (1998) - Gigetto
  • A Respectable Man (1999) - Giovanni Pandico
  • Oltremare (1999)
  • Scarlet Diva (2000) - Dr. Vessi
  • Territori d'ombra (2001) - Antonio
  • Vajont (2001) - Mario Pancini
  • In questo mondo di ladri (2004) - Leonardo
  • Guardians of the Clouds (2004) - La Rocca
  • Il Cuore nel Pozzo (2005, TV Movie) - Don Bruno
  • Incidenti (2005) - Giornalista
  • Fatti della banda della Magliana (2005) - Il giudice
  • Monógamo sucesivo (2006)
  • Baarìa (2009) - Liborio
  • The Father and the Foreigner (2010) - Santini
  • Fantasmi al Valle (2012) - Luigi Pirandello
  • Italo (2014) - Narrator (voice)
  • L'ora legale (2017) - Padre Raffaele

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leo Gullotta's dubbing contributions". Antoniogenna.net. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.
  3. ^ Carmen Gigante (5 July 2010). "Il Premio Flaiano a Roberto Saviano". Il Corriere d'Abruzzo. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Leo Gullotta: 50 anni di carriera, passando dalla Costituzione Italiana a 30 chili sulle spalle..." Musical News. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  5. ^ La Repubblica - Leo Gullotta: sono gay
  6. ^ "Leo Gullotta ha sposato il compagno dopo 32 anni d'amore: "I diritti sono diritti"" (in Italian). today.it. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Leo Gullotta at Wikimedia Commons