Corrado Gaipa

Corrado Gaipa (March 13, 1925 – September 21, 1989) was an Italian actor and voice actor.[1]

Corrado Gaipa
Gaipa in 1959
Born(1925-03-13)March 13, 1925
Palermo, Italy
DiedSeptember 21, 1989(1989-09-21) (aged 64)
Rome, Italy
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1946-1989

Gaipa was a well known actor of Italian cinema as well as dubbing voices. However, he was widely known for his role as Don Tommasino in The Godfather.[2]


Born in Palermo, Gaipa enrolled in the Silvio d’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he studied for three years and performed an adaptation of the play You Can't Take It with You. He then graduated in 1946. In 1948, Gaipa joined a theatre group based in Rome and he began doing radio dramas which were broadcast in many cities across Italy such as Turin, Florence and Milan. He also appeared in many films such as the 1969 film That Splendid November.[3] Internationally, he was well known for having played Don Tommasino the 1972 film The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

While also active on stage, radio and television, he was mainly active as a voice actor and a dubber. As for Gaipa's activity as a voice actor, he was the Italian voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi (portrayed by Alec Guinness) in the Star Wars original trilogy as well as Bagheera in the Italian-Language version of The Jungle Book. He also dubbed over the voices of Lionel Stander, Eli Wallach, Peter Ustinov, Rod Steiger, Orson Welles, Burt Lancaster and Spencer Tracy. He also assisted with the foundation of a dubbing company in the 1970s alongside Renato Turi, Giancarlo Giannini, Valeria Valeri, Oreste Lionello and other historical dubbers.

Illness and death

In Gaipa's later years, he suffered serious health problems. He went from using a walking stick to using a wheelchair and he died in Rome on September 21st 1989 at the age of 64.[4] At the time of his death, he had just signed to reprise the role of Don Tommasino in The Godfather Part III. The role was instead passed on to Vittorio Duse.




Dubbing roles


Live action


  1. "Corrado Gaipa's dubbing contributions". Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. "Corrado Gaipa - actor". Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. "Corrado Gaipa". MYmovies. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. "E' morto Corrado Gaipa". La Repubblica. September 23, 1989. p. 37. Retrieved 20 December 2014.

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