Lauro Gazzolo

Lauro Gazzolo (born Ilario Gazzolo; 15 October 1900 2 October 1970) was an Italian actor and voice actor.[1]

Lauro Gazzolo
Gazzolo during a dubbing session in 1951
Ilario Gazzolo

(1900-10-15)15 October 1900
Nervi, Italy
Died2 October 1970(1970-10-02) (aged 69)
Rome, Italy
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1938-1970
ChildrenNando Gazzolo
Virginio Gazzolo


Born in Nervi in Genoa, Gazzolo began his career on screen in 1938 starring in the comedy film The Document and became more successful after the end of World War II. A popular character actor, he appeared in at least 106 films and played many roles between 1939 and 1966. Among his most popular filmography included The Jester's Supper, Four Steps in the Clouds and The Band of Honest Men.[2][3] In his later films, he appeared alongside his son Nando Gazzolo in the 1961 film Constantine and the Cross. This would mark Nando's film debut.

As a voice actor, Gazzolo dubbed foreign films into the Italian language. He was best known for dubbing elderly characters in western films as well as being the official Italian voice of Walter Brennan, usually dubbing his voice in My Darling Clementine and Rio Bravo including Bud Abbott and George Hayes. He also provided Italian speaking dialogue for actors in films such as Peter Lorre in Casablanca, Arthur Malet in Mary Poppins, H. B. Warner in It's a Wonderful Life and Gary Cooper in The Plainsman. He was partnered up with his colleague Carlo Romano (Lou Costello's official dubber) in the Abbott and Costello sketches. Gazzolo was also renowned for dubbing animated characters in Walt Disney films such as Bashful in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Archimedes in The Sword in the Stone and Jock in Lady and the Tramp.

Selected filmography


  1. "Lauro Gazzolo's dubbing contributions". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. A. W. (22 November 1948). "The Screen in Review; Gino Cervi Quits for a Time a Boring Life in the Film '4 Steps in the Clouds'". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. "Lauro Gazzolo". MYmovies. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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