Gino Cervi

Gino Cervi

Gino Cervi as Maigret (1967).
Born (1901-05-03)3 May 1901
Bologna, Italy
Died 3 January 1974(1974-01-03) (aged 72)
Punta Ala, Italy
Nationality Italian

Gino Cervi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒiːno ˈtʃɛrvi]; 3 May 1901 – 3 January 1974) was an Italian actor.

Life and career

Cervi was born in Bologna. His father was the theatre critic Antonio Cervi. In 1928, he married Nini Gordini (one of his partners) and they had a son, Tonino Cervi. Gino Cervi later became the grandfather of actress Valentina Cervi and producer Antonio Levesi Cervi.

Cervi was best known for his role of Giuseppe Bottazzi ("Peppone"), the Communist mayor in the Don Camillo movies of the 1950s and the 1960s. He shared great complicity and friendship with co-star Fernandel during the 15 years playing their respective roles in Don Camillo movies.[1]

At the end of his career, he played Commissioner Maigret for six years in the Italian version of those murder stories, which ended with a movie Maigret a Pigalle (Mario Landi, 1966), produced by his son Antonio Cervi.[2]

He died at Punta Ala in 1974.

Selected filmography

He dubbed to Clark Gable into Italian language in It Happened One Night by Frank Capra, 1934; and Laurence Olivier in three films: Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948) and Richard III (1955).



  1. Cf. Andrea Maioli & Rino Maenza, Cervi 100. Peppone, Maigret e gli altri, Medianova, Bologna 2001, s.v. "Don Camillo".
  2. Cf. Andrea Maioli & Rino Maenza, Cervi 100. Peppone, Maigret e gli altri, ibid., s.v. "Maigret".
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