Guido Alberti


20 Aug 1909


Benevento, Campania, Italy


This is 1962. Filmmaker Guido Anselmi is going through an artistic crisis. He does not think he will be able to make the film he has signed for. All he wants is to retreat into a world of his own, far from the public eye. All he wants is peace and what he gets is ... Pace, his producer, who keeps on pressurizing him into starting the shooting. Everybody will have recognized the plot of Federico Fellini's masterpiece 8½ (1963). Marcello Mastroianni was Guido, Fellini's alter ego, already a star at the time, but nobody knew Pace, wonderfully interpreted by a fifty-three-year-old beginner, then starting a second life as a movie actor, Guido Alberti. Despite a rather ordinary physical appearance, the newcomer immediately made a name for himself thanks to his impressive presence and for thirty years (he made his last film at the age of eighty-three), the more and more massive and portly thespian proved a scene stealer, even in the tiniest roles. He can be seen in a wide range of films, whether Italian, European or American and he is at his best when donning the cassock or the robe (from priest to bishop to cardinal to ... the Pope! in Marco the Magnificent (1965)) or when embodying authority figures (at times menacing) such as prison governor, police superintendent or prime minister. And he is unforgettable as the right-wing party leader in yet another masterpiece Hands Over the City (1963), directed by Francesco Rosi As a character actor, Guido Alberti was the indispensable kind. He worked before the cameras of the greatest, Fellini, Rosi, Luis García Berlanga, Mario Monicelli, Valerio Zurlini, Roman Polanski but he was not averse to more popular cinema, taking part for example in many a 'giallo'. He was also active on television. The son of industrialist Ugo Alberti, co-owner of the 'Strega Alberti Benevento' company, it looked as if Guido Alberti would never break from his preordained destiny. In 1957, He even became the board chairman of the firm. But Guido also had literary and artistic aptitudes. For instance, in 1947, he founded the famous literary prize 'Premio Strega', which is not common among industrialists, before finally opting for the acting career. Guido Alberti died in 1996, a few days before his eighty-seventh birthday, after a long life, in accordance with himself

Actor ( 60 credits )

Donne in un giorno di festa (1993) Nonno Anselmo
The Yes Man (1991) Carlo Sperati
Alcune signore per bene (1990) Tarlazzi
Valentina (1989)  Tristan Brancusi (1 episode, 1989)
Three Sisters (1988) Baretti
Saving Grace (1986) Cardinal Augusto Morante
Un amour interdit (1984) Valerio - l'ami de Piacchi
The Moon in the Gutter (1983) Le gardien de la cathédrale
La guérilléra (1982) Joao Bernardo
The Mafia Triangle (1981) Chief of Police
Contraband (1980) Morrone
The Swiss Affair (1978) Anione
I problemi di Don Isidro Parodi (1978)
Bobby Deerfield (1977) Priest In The Garden
The Cynic, the Rat and the Fist (1977) Uncle
The Black Corsair (1976) Governor of Ribeira
Violent Naples (1976) Il questore
Hallucination Strip (1975) Il capo della polizia
La sensualità è un attimo di vita (1975)
Syndicate Sadists (1975) Owner of Billiard Salon
Cinéma 16 (1975)  Le députè Marzo (1 episode, 1981)
Almost Human (1974) Mr. Porrino - Marilù's father
Les violons du bal (1974) Le producteur italien
Silence the Witness (1974) Il questore
Spasmo (1974) Malcolm
No Way Out (1973) Don Mariano
La mano spietata della legge (1973) Prof. Palmieri
La ragazza fuoristrada (1973) Monsignor Vittorio Baudana)
Without Warning (1973) (uncredited)
Two Men in Town (1973) Le patron de l'imprimerie
What? (1972) Priest
Cool Million (1972)  Tomlin (1 episode, 1972)
Ten Days Wonder (1971) Ludovic Van Horn - le frère et régisseur de Théo
The Decameron (1971) Musciatto, wealthy merchant
The Fifth Cord (1971) Traversi
La califfa (1970) Il monsignore
Queens of Evil (1970)
I racconti di Padre Brown (1970)  Barrow (1 episode, 1971)
Youth March (1969) Avv. Milazzo
The Dress Rehearsal (1968)
A Fine Pair (1968) Uncle Camillo
The Vatican Affair (1968) Il cardinale Masoli - il sovrintentdente del tesoro vat
OSS 117 - Double Agent (1968) Faruk Melik - il braccio destro del Maggiore
Il circolo Pickwick (1968)  Tupman (6 episodes, 1968)
A Choice of Killers (1967) Domenico
Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand (1966) Pasquale Cimmaruta
Marco the Magnificent (1965) Pope Gregory X
La fuga (1965) Il padre di Piera
The Camp Followers (1965) Gambardelli
Juliet of the Spirits (1965) Player (uncredited)
Il morbidone (1965) Uncle Marco
Casanova 70 (1965) Il monsignore
Up and Down (1965) Il commendatore Persici (segment "Colpo da leoni, Il")
Le grain de sable (1964) Rudolf Kubler
Angélique (1964) Le grand Mathieu
A Taste for Women (1964) Mr. Khouroulis
The Executioner (1963) Director de la prisión
Hands Over the City (1963) Maglione
8½ (1963) Pace, il produttore
Wild Love (1956) Sor Alberto (uncredited)