Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1922-07-27
88 Movies · 6 TV Series
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Adolfo Celi (Italian pronunciation: [aˈdolfo ˈtʃɛːli]; 27th July 1922 – 19 February 1986) was an Italian film actor and director. Born in Curcuraci, Messina, Sicily, Celi appeared in nearly 100 films, specialising in international villains. Although a prominent actor in Italian cinema and famed for many roles, he is best remembered internationally for his portrayal of Emilio Largo in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. Celi later spoofed his Thunderball role in the film OK Connery (aka Operation Double 007) opposite Sean Connery's brother, Neil Connery.
Celi was married three times. He died of a heart attack in Siena in 1986. His daughter Alessandra Celi, is an actress.
Movies & TV Series
1 Movie · 2 TV Series
My Friends Act II
The four old friends meet on the grave of the fifth of them, Perozzi, who died at the end of the first episode. Time has passed but they are still up for adventures and cruel jokes, and while they rec...
Di padre in figlio
The vows of an ambitious young American priest are tested during World War II. Not only does Father John Flaherty get involved with the black market to raise money for the Vatican, he also falls in lo...
2 Movies · 1 TV Series
A a serial in ten parts on the lives of one of the most intriguing families in history.
An Italian laborer foils anyone who tries to stop him from selling espresso on the Milan-to-Naples night train.
Madly in Love
Cristina is a rich, spoiled princess visiting Rome with her royal parents. The mission of their visit is to marry her off to a super-wealthy corporate type and thereby start to turn around the losses ...
Professor Kranz tedesco di Germania
The story of a German scientist/stage magician eking out a miserly life in Rio de Janeiro's favelas until getting involved in an improbable kidnapping and ransom plot.
Le braghe del padrone
The young Vittorio Pieroni throws himself from a railway overpass when a train is passing by; escaped suicide and rescued by an ambulance, remembers the circumstances that led him to commit that gestu...
The Perfect Crime
The death of a multinational company’s chairman induces the three candidates for the chairmanship to plot against one another for control of the business.
An executive in charge of a nuclear power plant in the Mid-East must stop his son-- who turns out to be the Anti Christ -- from blowing it up.
Che notte quella notte!
La tigre è ancora viva: Sandokan alla riscossa!
The pirate Sandokan, the Bengal tiger and the East India Company's terror, fighting the British Empire and the ondeskefulla James Brooke, rahjan of Sarawak.
Pane, burro e marmellata
A man and his stepson driving across Europe are terrorized by a man following them in a pickup truck.
9 Movies · 1 TV Series
The Big Operator
The aging villain Émile Morland talks his old friend Aristide into helping him with to kidnap the son of a millionaire.
In this mini-series in six parts from 1976 the Indian actor Kabir Bedi plays the lead role. Carol Andre plays Lady Marianna Guillonk and as Sandokans best friend Yanez de Gomera we see Phillipe Leroy....
Confessions of a Frustrated Housewife
A wealthy man (played by former James Bond villain Adolf Celli) suffers from impotence whenever he tries to make love to his wife (Carroll Baker). Since Viagara hadn't been invented yet, his swinging ...
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
Fred and Tony are members of an elite 'special squad' of police in Rome, Italy who are licensed-to-kill, undercover cops and who love to live dangerously.
The city suffers and succumbs unarmed, but an ex secret agent succeeds in winning the struggle against the gangsterism. Intrigue and violence grip a society victim of the crime.
Bruno Fioretti, known as "Mandrake", is an inveterate gambler who never misses a day at the horse racing track in Rome. He is doubly unlucky: he bets too much on one horse, and his wife is sleeping wi...
Pure as a Lily
A person named Anthony M. Wilson is an English gentleman. He has a large collection of restaurants in London and a beautiful house that is decorated with trendy art.
Goodnight, Ladies and Gentlemen
An episodic satire of the political and social status of Italy in the seventies, through the shows of one day of a television channel. An English language lesson turns into a killing of a black dignit...
The Next Man
Khalil is an Arab diplomat who wants to not only make peace with Israel, but admit the Jewish state as a member of OPEC. This instantly makes him a target for a series of ingeniously conceived assassi...
Giorgia and her sister inherit a villa and decide to turn it into a pension. When the sister orders the advertising, the brochure, together with the name, Pension Paradise, leads people to believe it ...
2 Movies · 1 TV Series
Four middle-aged friends in Florence organize together idle pranks (called zingarate, "gypsy shenanigans") in a continuous attempt to prolong childhood during their adult life.
L'amaro caso della Baronessa di Carini
Sicily 1812: the first liberal constitution shall put an end to the privileges of the feudal lords. Luca Corbara, sent by the Minister of Finance to control the landed properties, begins to suspect th...
Libera, My Love
Director Mauro Bolognini inserts this story in Fascist Italy, with careful attention to details. The couple formed by Matteo Zannoni (Bruno Cirino) and Libera Valente (Cardinale) can't bear fascism. T...
The Phantom of Liberty
This Surrealist film, with a title referencing the Communist Manifesto, strings together short incidents based on the life of director Luis Buñuel. Presented as chance encounters, these loosely relate...
The Balloon Vendor
A young boy tries to make living out of a puppet show when his mother abandons him and his father.
And Then There Were None
Ten people are invited to a hotel for a weekend getaway by a Mr. U. N. Owen, who mysteriously isn't in attendance. When the group gets together for their first dinner, a record is played in which Mr. ...
A young writer is invited to stay in a religious hostel run by a sinister, manipulative nun who plays deadly psychological games with the inhabitants.
When intruders interfere in the robbery of Le Mataf (Michel Constantin) and his gang and a girl is murdered, they are set up for blackmail by an underworld figure who wants them to do a job for him......
Hitler: The Last Ten Days
Hitler: The Last Ten Days takes us into the depths of der Furher’s Berlin bunker during his final days. Based on the book by Gerhard Boldt, it provides a bleak look at the goings-on within, and withou...
8 Movies · 1 TV Series
Naked Girl Killed in the Park
Madrid: Johan Wallenberger, a rich financier, is killed in the House of Horrors at an amusement park. His insurance company assign Chris Buyer, one of their best agents, to investigate because a few...
Who Killed the Prosecutor and Why?
Carlo, a young photographer, is making love with his girlfriend at the beach when he witnesses a murder being feebly staged to look like a car accident. Carlo takes incriminating shots of the murdere...
Eye in the Labyrinth
Julie (Rosemary Dexter) is disturbed by the disappearance of her psychiatrist boyfriend Luca (Horst Frank) following a bizarre dream where she witnessed him murdered. She travels to a seaside village ...
1931: Once Upon a Time in New York
In 1931, when the late American Prohibition major bosses have now divided the territory to exploit, the family of one of them - killed in a clash - decides to send half a million dollars in Sicily hid...
The Long Arm of the Godfather
A treacherous low-level mafioso greedily rips off a shipment of arms from his powerful godfather and tries to sell them to an especially dubious group of Arabs
Who Saw Her Die?
Giallo thriller about a child killer roaming the streets of Venice. The family of the latest victim begin their own investigation. Soon finding they are in way over their heads, the killer now begins...
The Italian Connection
When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but the real thie...
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.
Una chica casi decente
Cesar Martin, better known as El Duque, is an elegant, charming and intelligent man, who has been obliged to be known by heart the Penal Code, as their profession is the scam. Cesar has another weakne...
They Have Changed Their Face
In this allegory on capitalism, director of a known car corporation invites one of his employees to his country villa to give him the good news. He just got promoted. However, the old man is not what ...
Murders in the Rue Morgue
In Paris, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Cesar Charron owns a theater at the Rue Morgue where he performs the play "Murders in the Rue Morgue" with his wife Madeleine Charron, who has drea...
Brancaleone at the Crusades
After saving an infant of royal blood, knight Brancaleone forms a new army and sets out to return the baby to his father: a prince fighting in the Crusades.
Fragment of Fear
A reformed drug addict travels to Italy to find out who murdered his aunt.
A crackdown on drugs leads a burned out cop (Michel Bouquet) to take the law into his own hands and seek revenge against villainous drug dealers. Word comes down from above that the United States feel...
Rendezvous with Dishonor
In the wake of terrorist bombings, senseless assassinations and widespread destruction in Cyprus, the attempts of local government officials to negotiate peace is thwarted by renegade guerrilla leader...
Death Knocks Twice
When private detective Bob Martin looking for a stolen diamond necklace, he also has a clever serial killer on the trail ...
Three friends meet for the first time in years.
A lawyer suspected of murder is the subject of a comedy.
A Man for Emmanuelle
A veteran secret service officer from Britain hijacks a government shipment of $15 million of gold out of an irritation for never being knighted.
A crooked detective begins investigating a situation on behalf of a friend and gets involved in murder, deception and double-cross.
In Search of Gregory
Young Catherine Morelli, who lives in Rome, goes to Geneva to find romance at her father's wedding. There she begins a near nymphomaniac pursuit of a mystery man called Gregory.
Seven Times Seven
A gang of prison inmates escape and rob the Royal Mint. They then sneak back to prison.
An ordinary man is snatched off the streets and turned into a man with incredible powers by an insidious company hell bent on world domination.
It's Your Move
A criminal plots a bank robbery hinging on doubles of the employees.
Four men killed Django's brother a long time ago. A withdrawn rancher, a notorious card player, a despotic priest and a crazy albino with an obsession for gold. The relentless Django seeks for revenge...
International man of mystery Diabolik and his sensuous lover Eva Kant pull off heist after heist, all while European cops led by Inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing i...
The Honey Pot
A millionaire fakes a terminal illness to fleece his former girlfriends.
Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan first manages...
Set near the end of World War II in the Netherlands, Dirty Heroes concerns a group of ex-convicts recruited into the U.S. Army to recover Dutch jewels originally stolen by the Nazis as well as confisc...
Professor James Anders is a seemingly mild-mannered teacher, an American working in Rio De Janeiro. Anders, bored with years of teaching, decides to put together a team to pull off a diamond heist dur...
An actor is approached by a group of men offering him a job posing as an executive at a diamond exchange to help them pull off a robbery.
Operation Kid Brother
The Thanatos crime syndicate wants to take over the world by using a magnetic wave generator that will cause all metal-based machinery to grind to a halt. The well-known British secret agent normally ...
Greek painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (Mel Ferrer) woos a beauty (Rosanna Schiaffino) and faces the Inquisition in 16th-century Spain.
King of Hearts
An ornithologist mistaken for an explosives expert is sent alone into a small French town during WWI to investigate a garbled report from the resistance about a bomb which the departing Germans have s...
A man referred to only as "Yankee" rides into a dying, desolate town in frontier New Mexico which is completely controlled by a man called the "Grand Cougar." Almost immediately, a battle for dominanc...
Target for Killing
A secret agent is charged with preventing a crime syndicate's plot to assassinate a young heiress.
The Middle Ages were the setting for a trilogy of comical tales.
The story tells about the confrontation of four first-class racers of Formula 1. Each of the competitors had their own additional motivation to become a champion. Their world is a risk and extreme, ...
Lucio (Vittorio Gassman) and his sidekick (Adolfo Celi) accidently gets mixed up with a gang of international counterfeiters in this fast-moving and suspenseful comedy with music from Ennio Morricone....
Von Ryan's Express
Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commandin...
Crime on a Summer Morning
An ill-assorted group of international criminals executes a tightly-planned ransom sting in Spain. Things go along swimmingly until various tensions within the group come to the fore.
A Man Named John
Based on the diary Pope John XXIII kept between the ages of 14 and 18, his lifelong concern for tolerance, the underprivileged, and world peace is told. Rod Steiger, in the central role, acts as "inte...
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in thi...
A criminal organization has obtained two nuclear bombs and are asking for a 100 million pound ransom in the form of diamonds in seven days or they will use the weapons. The secret service sends James ...
That Man from Rio
French military man Adrien Dufourquet gets an eight-day furlough to visit his fiancée, Agnès. But when he arrives in Paris, he learns that her late father's partner, museum curator Professor Catalan, ...
A dedicated layabout (Jean-Pierre Cassel) bounces from relationship to relationship, moving on only when the prospect of employment presents itself.