‘Pinocchio’ Star, Carlo Giuffre, Dies at 89

THR is reporting that Carlo Giuffre is dead.

According to the network, the Neapolitan actor who was famous for his role in the Academy Award-nominated film ‘The Girl With the Pistol’ died in Rome after succumbing to a terminal illness, one month shy of his 90th birthday.

Born in Naples on Dec. 3, 1928, Giuffre starred in more than 90 films and became a star of both Neapolitan theater as well as Italy’s cult comedies of the 1970s.

In 2002, he became known to international audiences as Geppetto in Roberto Benigni’s film Pinocchio.

Before all of this, Giuffre graduated from the National Academy of Drama, began working in theater with his brother Aldo Giuffre in 1947, and he made his stage debut in 1949 opposite writer and actor Eduardo De Filippo, who he would collaborate with throughout the 1980s.

Giuffre had since become a household name.

In 2007, he was awarded the title of Grand Officer by the President of the Republic. And he made his last stage appearance was in 2015 in a theatrical adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s Schinder’s List. 

He was 89.

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