Gassmann, Vittorio

BORN 1 Sep 1922, Genova, Liguria - DIED 29 Jun 2000, Roma, Lazio
CAUSE OF DEATH heart attack
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Piazzale del Verano, 1 (Quadriportico, outside on the right, row 97, grave 19 )

Vittorio Gasmann was the son of a German father and a Jewish mother from Pisa. He studied at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica in Rome. In 1942 he debuted in the theatre in Milan next to Alda Borelli. During the same year he married the actress Nora Ricci. They had a daughter, Paola, who became an actress as well, but the marriage fell apart.

He continued his career at the Teatro Eliseo in Rome and in 1946 he appeared in his first movie, "Preludio d'amore". His collaborations with Luchino Viscontis company resulted in very successful movies. In 1952 he founded the Teatro d'Arte Italian in Rome where he staged "Hamlet" and in 1956 he starred in "Othello". His appearance in the television series "Il Mattatore" was so successful that he was nicknamed after the series.

He directed many adaptions from plays from the 20th century and appeared in movies in Italy and abroad. When the actress Shelley Winters toured Europe with her fiancee Farley Granger he fell in love with her, followed her to the USA and married her there. They had a daughter, Vittoria. He appeared in several Hollywood productions. After he returned to Italy he had an affair with the young actress Anna Maria Ferrero and this destroyed his relationship with Winters. At the time it fell apart he had to collaborate with her on "Mambo" (1954). His affair with Ferrero ended in 1960.

During the 1960s he had affairs with the actresses Annete Stroyberg (1961-1963) and Juliette Mayniel (1964-1968). With Mayniel he had a son, the actor Alessandro Gassmann. The third actress he married was Diletta D'Andrea in 1970 and their son Jacopo was a film director. This marriage lasted until his death of an heart attack in 2000.

Related persons
• cooperated with De Sica, Vittorio


The grave of Vittorio Gassmann at the Cimitero Monumentale al Verano, Rome.
Picture by Androom (24 Jan 2010)


Vittorio Gassman - Wikipedia

Gatteschi, Ferdinando Luigi

Published: 10 Jan 2015
Last update: 25 Mar 2023