Gianni Bonagura

Gianfelice "Gianni" Bonagura (27 October 1925 8 October 2017) was an Italian actor and voice actor.[1]

Gianni Bonagura
Bonagura in 1969
Gianfelice Bonagura

(1925-10-27)27 October 1925
Milan, Italy
Died8 October 2017(2017-10-08) (aged 91)
Milan, Italy
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1950-2005

Life and career

Born in Milan, Bonagura was active on film, stage, television and radio. He appeared in 40 films between 1950 and 2001. He arrived at the threshold of a degree in philosophy, then in 1946 he abandoned his studies to attend the Silvio d'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2] Essentially a stage actor, Bonagura became popular in the second half of the fifties as a radio actor, protagonist of vignettes together with Nino Manfredi and Paolo Ferrari.[2][3] In cinema and television, he was only used as a character actor, with the exception of the role of Dr. Watson in the 1968 RAI television series Sherlock Holmes.[2]

Bonagura also worked as a voice actor. He occasionally dubbed over the voices of Danny De Vito, Mel Brooks and Ian Holm. One of his most popular dubbing roles includes providing the Italian voice of Palpatine's alter ego, Darth Sidious in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. In his animated roles, he dubbed the voices of Uncle Waldo in The Aristocats and Mr. Snoops in The Rescuers.


Bonagura died in Milan on 8 October 2017, 19 days before his 92nd birthday.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. "Gianni Bonagura's dubbing contributions". Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  2. Roberto Chiti, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402131.
  3. Redazione. "Gianni Bonagura". MyMovies. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. "Cinema: è morto Gianni Bonagura, il caratterista preso in prestito dal teatro". 9 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.

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