Mario Adorf

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Mario Adorf
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Adorf in 2018
Born (1930-09-08) 8 September 1930 (age 92)
Years active1954–present
Spouse(s)Lis Verhoeven (1962–1964)
Monique Faye Adorf (1985–present)
ChildrenStella Adorf (b. 1963)

Mario Adorf (German: [ˈmaː.ʁio ˈaː.dɔʁf] (listen); born 8 September 1930) is a German actor, considered to be one of the great veteran character actors of European cinema. Since 1954, he has played both leading and supporting roles in over 200 film and television productions, among them the 1979 Oscar-winning film The Tin Drum. He is also the author of several successful mostly autobiographical books.


Adorf was born in Zürich, Switzerland, the illegitimate child of Matteo Menniti, an Italian surgeon and Alice Adorf, a German medical assistant. He grew up in his maternal grandfather's hometown, Mayen, where he was raised by his unmarried mother. He rose to fame in Europe, and particularly Germany, and also made appearances in international films, including Ten Little Indians and Smilla's Sense of Snow. He also played a small role in the BBC adaptation of John le Carré's Smiley's People as a German club owner. In Italy he also played in a number of movies.

In the 1960s, he married Lis Verhoeven. The couple had a child, Stella, prior to their divorce. He starred with Barbara Bouchet in Milano Calibro 9 in 1972. In 1985, he married Monique Faye.

Adorf has expressed regret that he declined roles in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) and Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three (1961). He also turned down the role of General Mapache in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), because he felt the character was too violent. In 1996, he provided the German dubbing voice for the character Draco in Dragonheart, a role performed by Sean Connery.


Among many others:

Selected filmography[edit]

German-language voice acting[edit]


  1. ^ Bayerischer Filmpreis – "Pierrot"
  2. ^ "Best Human Brands Awards® 2011". Archived from the original on 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2012-03-03.

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