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Luigi "Gino" Cervi (May 3, 1901 – January 3, 1974) was an Italian actor from Bologna.

He was the son of Italian theatre critic Antonio Cervi. He won fame with three movies directed by Alessandro Blasetti — Aldebaran (1935), Ettore Fieramosca (1938) and Une aventure de Salvator Rosa (1939). His career then flourished after World War II.

He's perhaps best known to Europeans for his role as communist mayor Peppone, the opponent and friend of Catholic priest Don Camillo (Fernandel) in the 1950s/1960s film series. In Italy itself he was also famous for playing Georges Simenon's Inspector Maigret in several films and series.

He also dubbed Clark Gable in Italian in It Happened One Night, and Laurence Olivier in the film versions of Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955).

His son Antonio "Tonino" Cervi (June 4, 1929 – April 1, 2002) was a film director, screenwriter and producer.


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