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Cesare Danova (March 1, 1926 - March 19, 1992), born Cesare Deitinger in Bergamo, Italy, was a television and screen actor. He adopted the stage name Danova when he turned to acting in Rome at the end of World War II. He migrated to the United States in the 1950s to make the film Don Giovanni (Don Juan) in 1955. He was contracted to MGM in 1956.

Other appearances include The Man Who Understood Women. He tested for a part in Ben Hur, but his big break was the role of Apollodorus, Cleopatra's personal servant in the 1963 film, Cleopatra directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. While the original script called for a major role for Danova, who was to form a trio of Cleopatra's lovers alongside Harrison's Caesar and Burton's Marc Antony. Though a number of scenes featuring Taylor and Danova were shot, the script was revised and the role truncated as the Burton-Taylor affair made tabloid headlines. What remained was little more than a cameo.

The following year he starred as Count Elmo Mancini in Viva Las Vegas as Elvis Presley's rival for both Ann Margaret's Rusty Martin and for the Las Vegas Grand Prix (predictably losing both to Elvis's Lucky Jackson).

In 1967, Danova had another break with the TV series, Garrison's Gorillas, in which he played the role of Actor. Clearly inspired by the hit film, The Dirty Dozen and the hit TV series Mission: Impossible, the series had an ensemble cast but, unfortunately, only ran for 26 episodes. Two of his best roles were as the neighborhood mafia Don, Giovanni Cappa, in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and as the corrupt town mayor, Carmine DePasto, in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). He also acted in three episodes of The Rifleman, and regularly appeared as a guest star on numerous television series, including Murder, She Wrote, Maude, Falcon Crest, and the revival of Mission: Impossible (1988–90).

He died of a heart attack at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters in Los Angeles while attending a meeting of the Foreign Language Film committee. His mausoleum is in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

Danova was married twice and had two sons, Marco & Fabrizio, by his first wife, Pamela. He was an expert horseman, avid polo player, and an excellent archer.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Cesare Danova, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Cesare Danova (March 1, 1926 - March 19, 1992), born Cesare Deitinger in Bergamo, Italy, was a television and screen actor. He adopted the stage name Danova when he turned to acting in Rome at the end of World War II. He migrated to the United States in the 1950s to make the film Don Giovanni (Don Juan) in 1955. He was contracted to MGM in 1956.

Other appearances include The Man Who Understood Women. He tested for a part in Ben Hur, but his big break was the role of Apollodorus, Cleopatra's personal servant in the 1963 film, Cleopatra directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison. While the original script called for a major role for Danova, who was to form a trio of Cleopatra's lovers alongside Harrison's Caesar and Burton's Marc Antony. Though a number of scenes featuring Taylor and Danova were shot, the script was revised and the role truncated as the Burton-Taylor affair made tabloid headlines. What remained was little more than a cameo.

The following year he starred as Count Elmo Mancini in Viva Las Vegas as Elvis Presley's rival for both Ann Margaret's Rusty Martin and for the Las Vegas Grand Prix (predictably losing both to Elvis's Lucky Jackson).

In 1967, Danova had another break with the TV series, Garrison's Gorillas, in which he played the role of Actor. Clearly inspired by the hit film, The Dirty Dozen and the hit TV series Mission: Impossible, the series had an ensemble cast but, unfortunately, only ran for 26 episodes. Two of his best roles were as the neighborhood mafia Don, Giovanni Cappa, in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973) and as the corrupt town mayor, Carmine DePasto, in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). He also acted in three episodes of The Rifleman, and regularly appeared as a guest star on numerous television series, including Murder, She Wrote, Maude, Falcon Crest, and the revival of Mission: Impossible (1988–90).

He died of a heart attack at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters in Los Angeles while attending a meeting of the Foreign Language Film committee. His mausoleum is in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.

Danova was married twice and had two sons, Marco & Fabrizio, by his first wife, Pamela. He was an expert horseman, avid polo player, and an excellent archer.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Cesare Danova, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 71

Birthday 1926-03-01

Day of Death 1992-03-19

Place of Birth Bergamo, Italy

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1986 Blacke's Magic(1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote(1 episode)
1984 Hunter(1 episode)
1984 Airwolf(1 episode) as Alonzo Delomo
1983 Automan(1 episode) as Captain Romano
1983 Hotel(1 episode)
1983 Nero Wolfe(1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston(1 episode)
1981 Falcon Crest(2 episodes)
1981 Simon & Simon(1 episode)
1981 The Fall Guy(1 episode)
1980 Magnum, P.I.(1 episode)
1979 Trapper John, M.D.(1 episode)
1979 Hart to Hart(1 episode)
1979 Eischied(1 episode)
1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo(1 episode)
1979 13 Queens Boulevard(1 episode)
1978 Animal House as Mayor Carmine DePasto
1978 Vega$(1 episode)
1977 Tentacles as John Corey
1977 The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries(1 episode)
1976 Scorchy as Philip Bianco
1976 Gemini Man(1 episode)
1976 Charlie's Angels(3 episodes)
1976 The Astral Factor as Mario
1974 Chico and the Man(1 episode)
1974 The Manhunter(1 episode)
1973 Mean Streets as Giovanni Cappa
1973 Police Story(2 episodes)
1972 The Sandy Duncan Show(1 episode)
1972 Maude(1 episode)
1972 Sanford and Son(1 episode)
1971 McMillan & Wife(1 episode)
1971 Cannon(1 episode)
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode)
1970 McCloud(1 episode)
1969 Honeymoon with a Stranger as Second Ernesto
1969 Medical Center(1 episode)
1969 Che! as Ramon Valdez
1968 The Mod Squad(1 episode)
1967 Mannix(3 episodes)
1967 Garrison's Gorillas(26 episodes)
1966 Chamber of Horrors as Anthony Draco
1966 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.(1 episode)
1966 The Green Hornet(2 episodes)
1966 That Girl(1 episode)
1966 Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! as Pepe Pepponi
1965 Honey West(1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone(3 episodes)
1964 Viva Las Vegas as Count Elmo Mancini
1963 Breaking Point(1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1963 Gidget Goes to Rome as Paolo Cellini
1963 Vacation Playhouse(1 episode)
1963 Cleopatra as Apollodorus
1963 Cleopatra(2 episodes)
1962 Stoney Burke(1 episode)
1962 The Lucy Show(1 episode)
1961 Valley of the Dragons as Hector Servadac
1960 The Roaring 20's(1 episode)
1960 Outlaws(1 episode)
1959 Adventures in Paradise(1 episode)
1959 The Man Who Understood Women as Major Marco Ranieri
1959 Tarzan, The Ape Man as Harry Holt
1958 The Rifleman(3 episodes)
1954 Crossed Swords as Raniero
1954 Loves of Three Queens
1951 El correo del rey as Marcos de Malta
1951 El Final De Una Leyenda as Carlos Montaña
1949 Monaca santa
1947 The Captain's Daughter as Piotr Grinev

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