Proietti in La Tosca (1973)
|Birth name||Luigi Proietti|
|Born||November 2, 1940|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, musician, television presenter|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, accordion, double bass|
|Labels||RCA Italiana, BMG|
He was born in Rome to Romano Proietti, a man from Umbria, and Giovanna Ceci, a housewife. During his youth he was keen on singing and on playing guitar, piano, accordion and double bass in several Roman nightclubs. He enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the La Sapienza University, where he started to attend the mimicry courses of the University Theater Center held by Giancarlo Cobelli, who immediately noticed his qualities as a musician and booked him for an avantgarde play.
After several stage works, in 1966 Proietti debuted both in cinema, in Pleasant Nights, and on television, in the TV-series I grandi camaleonti. His first personal success came in 1971, when he replaced Domenico Modugno in the stage musical Alleluja brava gente by Garinei & Giovannini, starring alongside Renato Rascel.
After playing in 1974 the role of Neri Chiaramantesi in the drama La cena delle beffe, alongside Carmelo Bene and Vittorio Gassman, in 1976 started a fruitful collaboration with playwright Roberto Lerici, with whom he wrote and directed his stage plays, starting from the one-man show A me gli occhi, please (Give me your eyes, please, 1976, reported on the scene in 1993, 1996 and 2000, in a memorable performance at the Olympic Stadium in his hometown). The show achieves a sensational success; initially planned to be represented 6 times, it exceeded 300 replicas, with an average of 2,000 spectators for every representation.
He took part in some international movies, including The Appointment (1969), directed by Sidney Lumet, A Wedding (1978), directed by Robert Altman, and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), directed by Ted Kotcheff.
Proietti is one of the main dubbers of films and television shows into the Italian language. He has dubbed several famous actors including Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Charlton Heston and Marlon Brando. His credits include the role of the Genie in the Italian version of the Aladdin film series and Draco in Dragonheart. He also provided the Italian voice of Gandalf in The Hobbit film series, replacing the late Gianni Musy, who dubbed him in The Lord of the Rings, as well as Sylvester from Looney Tunes during the 1960s.
Proietti has been interested in music since a young age. During his time singing in nightclubs and outdoor bars, he was initially not interested in pursuing an acting career. Proietti starred in and performed the opening and closing theme song for Il circolo Pickwick which aired on Rai 1 in 1968 and at that time, he met Lucio Battisti, who was signed with the record label Dischi Ricordi.
In the mid-1990s, Proietti was a member of Trio Melody alongside Peppino di Capri and Stefano Palatresi. The group was active since Sanremo Music Festival 1995 until 1996 and they only released one album. Proietti has also ventured out on a solo career and he released over 11 albums and 15 singles.
Proietti has been married to Swedish tour guide Sagitta Alter since 1967 and they have two daughters, Susanna and Carlotta. His nephew Raffaele also follows a dubbing career. He is a supporter of centre-left politics.
On September 30th 2013, Proietti received honorary citizenship from the city of Viterbo.
- Let's Talk About Women (1964)
- La maschera e il volto (1965)
- Pleasant Nights (1966)
- Catch as Catch Can (1967)
- A Complicated Girl (1968)
- The Libertine (1969)
- The Appointment (1969)
- The Howl (1970)
- Dropout (1970)
- Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970)
- Lady Liberty (1971)
- Bubù (1971)
- Orders Are Orders (1972)
- La Tosca (1973)
- Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973)
- I'll Take Her Like a Father (1974)
- The Tigers of Mompracem (1974)
- The Sex Machine (1975)
- Languid Kisses, Wet Caresses (1976)
- Febbre da cavallo (1976)
- House of Pleasure for Women (1976)
- The Inheritance (1976)
- Beach House (1977)
- A Wedding (1978)
- Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
- Happy Hobos (1979)
- I Don't Understand You Anymore (1980)
- "FF.SS." – Cioè: "...che mi hai portato a fare sopra a Posillipo se non mi vuoi più bene?" (1983)
- A Thousand Blue Bubbles (1993)
- Revenge of the Musketeers (1994)
- Dirty Linen (1999)
- Febbre da cavallo - La mandrakata (2002)
- The Jokes (2004)
- Un'estate al mare (2008)
- Un'estate ai Caraibi (2009)
- All at Sea (2011)
- Indovina chi viene a Natale? (2013)
- The Prize (2017)
- Pinocchio (2019)
- Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- Gandalf in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- Lenny Bruce in Lenny
- John "Johnny Boy" Civello in Mean Streets
- Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon
- Sam "Ace" Rothstein in Casino
- Johnny Kovak in F.I.S.T.
- Rocky Balboa in Rocky
- George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- King Arthur in Camelot
- John Morgan in A Man Called Horse
- Draco in Dragonheart
- Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock
- Sam Varner in The Stalking Moon
- The Sultan in Aladdin
- Paris Pitman Jr. in There Was a Crooked Man...
- Player King in Hamlet
- Mark Antony in Julius Caesar
- Weldon Penderton in Reflections in a Golden Eye
- Jim Beckley in Action Man
- Bob Larkin in Firecreek
- Cass Henderson in Any Wednesday
- Helmut Wallenberg in Salon Kitty
- James Langdon in The Undefeated
- Buffalo Bill in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
- Godefroy in The Visitors
- Lorenzo St. DuBois in The Producers
- Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain
- Lucky in Lucky, the Inscrutable
- "Gigi Proietti's dubbing contributions". Antoniogenna.net. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
- Gigi Proietti. Tutto sommato: Qualcosa mi ricordo. Rizzoli. ISBN 8858662687.
- Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli artisti. Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.
- "Gigi Proietti - Attore - Biografia e Filmographia - Ecodelcinema". ecodelcinema.com. Retrieved 15 December 2019.