Proietti died of heart problems on his 80th birthday.
Gigi Proietti, the popular Roman actor, director, musician and comedian, died today, November 2nd, on his 80th birthday in Rome.
Proietti had been hospitalized for heart problems for the past few days but was rushed to intensive care last night in severe condition, where he was reportedly suffering from heart failure.
Proietti was born in Rome in 1940 and studied law before embarking on a long and hugely successful career in theater, film, music and television in the early 1960s.
Hailed for his storytelling talents and ability to make people laugh, Proietti was considered one of the greatest exponents in the history of Italian theater.
He has presented numerous television shows in Italy and is best known in the world of cinema for playing the character Mandrake in the 1976 cult film Horse fever.
In the 1990s he achieved great success with the television series Marshal Rocca, in which he starred, with the final episode which drew nearly 16 million viewers.
Proietti was known for his dubbing as the Italian voice of actors like Roberto De Niro and Sean Connery. As Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Summer Festival, he was long associated with Rome’s Globe Theater.
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