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Attilio Dottesio

Post by PeplumParadise » 12/11/2020, 13:55

Attilio Dottesio in Yellow: le cugine (1969)
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Attilio Dottesio was a character actor active in mostly small roles in Italian films between 1940-1985.

Numerous websites give his date of birth as July 16th 1909 in Desenzano del Garda, Italy and his date of death as February 12th 1989, aged 79, in Rome.

The mini-biography on his Wikipedia page says he began his career in France, where he had some degree of success as a singer. The bio also says he made his acting debut in Les Perles de la couronne (1937), however I was unable to spot him in the film so this remains unconfirmed. What is confirmed (from the C.S.C. website) is that he studied acting at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, graduating in 1942, at the age of 33. He had already been active in Italian films for 2 years by then, having made his Italian debut in La peccatrice (1940). For a while in the mid-40's it looked like he might break through to become a bigger star, but it wasn't to be. He continued working steadily in small character roles, uncredited bit parts and occasional larger roles for the next 40 years. During the 70's he appeared in "straight" roles (and occasionally "hot" roles) in many cult exploitation movies, meaning his face is probably better known today than many of his contemporaries.

Fairly easy to recognise from his high hairline and wide mouth. From the start of the 70's he maintained a mostly white beard with black moustache, giving him a more unique look. I have found a couple of undocumented appearances by Attilio, so I think it is quite possible there could be more, particularly from the late 50's where his filmography is currently a little sparse.

I have started his topic with roles found by myself, so there are still quite a few to be added, particularly from westerns and later in his career.


FILMOGRAPHY
1940
  1. La peccatrice (uncredited) .... Hotel porter

    1941
  2. Il bravo di Venezia (uncredited) .... Painter

    1942
  3. La bisbetica domata (uncredited) .... Film actor
  4. La contessa Castiglione (uncredited) .... Theatre patron

    1943
  5. L'uomo dalla croce (credited as A. Dottesio) .... Injured tank soldier

    1944
  6. Aeroporto (credited) .... Role?

    1945
  7. Fatto di cronaca (poster credit) .... Role?

    1947
  8. La revanche de Baccarat (poster credit) .... Count Luigi D'Orsino
  9. Rocambole (credited) .... Count Luigi D'Orsino

    1948
  10. La Certosa di Parma (uncredited) .... Ferrante Palla

    1949
  11. Il lupo della Sila (credited) .... Man who starts a fight with Salvatore
  12. La città dolente (credited) .... The fugitive
  13. Riso amaro (uncredited) .... Radio reporter

    1950
  14. Cavalcata d'eroi (poster credit) .... Mazzini (role unconfirmed)
  15. Gli inesorabili (uncredited) .... One of Sapassa's sons
  16. I fuorilegge (credited) .... Captain of the carabinieri

    1951
  17. Fuoco nero (poster credit) .... Bruno (role unconfirmed)
  18. I falsari (credited) .... Carlo Farina
  19. Il tradimento (uncredited) .... Doctor Bianchini
  20. La vendetta di Aquila Nera (credited) .... Officer in Boris's regiment

    1952
  21. Camicie rosse (uncredited) .... Wounded Garibaldi soldier
  22. La prigioniera della torre di fuoco (credited) .... Carlo Pepli

    1953
  23. La Gioconda (credited) .... Fernando
  24. La nave delle donne maledette (credited) .... Prosecuting attorney
  25. Noi peccatori (credited) .... Doctor
  26. Non è mai troppo tardi (uncredited) .... Daniele
  27. Perdonami! (credited) .... Police officer
  28. Puccini (credited) .... Sampieri

    1954
  29. La barriera della legge (poster credit) .... Commissioner Rodolfi (role unconfirmed)

    1955
  30. Yalis, la vergine del roncador (poster credit) .... Role?

    1956
  31. Accadde di notte (poster credit) .... Role?

    1957
  32. Il segreto della Sierra Dorada (poster credit) .... Role?

    1961
  33. Il sicario (credited) .... Not found
  34. Il trionfo di Maciste (credited) .... Arsinoe
  35. La grande vallata (poster credit) .... Role?
  36. La vendetta di Ursus (credited) .... Afro
  37. Vanina Vanini (uncredited) .... Scipione

    1962
  38. Un branco di vigliacchi (credited) .... German prisoner
  39. Venere imperiale (uncredited) .... Officer

    1963
  40. Brenno il nemico di Roma (credited) .... Prisoner being tortured
  41. La smania addosso (credited) .... Public prosecutor
  42. Sansone contro i pirati (credited) .... Alvarez
  43. Zorro contro Maciste (credited) .... General Saveria

    1964
  44. Amore mio (credited as Emilio Dottesio) .... P.S. agent
  45. E...la donna creo l'uomo (uncredited) .... Hotel employee
  46. Ercole contro Roma (credited) .... Satiro
  47. I due evasi di Sing Sing (credited) .... Tony Agnetto
  48. I predoni della steppa (credited) .... Army commander
  49. Il colosso di Roma (credited) .... Pagan priest
  50. La jena di Londra (credited as William Burke) .... Brown
  51. Maciste alla corte dello zar (credited) .... Rebel chief
  52. Maciste e la regina di Samar (credited) .... Xelon
  53. Panic Button (uncredited) .... Gangster
  54. Se permettete parliamo di donne (credited) .... Police inspector

    1965
  55. 30 Winchester per El Diablo (credited as William Burke) .... Sheriff Webb
  56. Il mistero dell'isola maledetta (credited) .... Lieutenant Esteban
  57. Un tango dalla Russia (credited) .... Fred (role unconfirmed)

    1966
  58. 100 ragazze per un playboy (credited) .... Psychiatrist
  59. Le spie amano i fiori (credited) .... Inspector's assistant
  60. Missione apocalisse (credited) .... Schwarz
  61. Uccidete Johnny Ringo (credited as William Burke) .... Doc
  62. Un tango dalla Russia (credited) .... Fred (role unconfirmed)

    1967
  63. I criminali della metropoli (credited as William Burke) .... Jordan
  64. Il ragazzo che sapeva amare (credited) .... Role?
  65. L'immorale (uncredited) .... Shoe shop owner
  66. L'uomo del colpo perfetto (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... Police commissioner
  67. Uccideva a freddo (credited) .... Prosecutor

    1968
  68. Black Jack (uncredited) .... Moreno
  69. Giurò... e li uccise ad uno ad uno... Piluk il timido (uncredited) .... Judge Everett
  70. I lunghi giorni dell'odio (credited) .... Barnaby
  71. I racconti del maresciallo (TV series, season 1, episode 3: Il sospetto) (credited as Attilio Dottesi) .... Maresciallo Quarati
  72. Italian Secret Service (uncredited) .... Captain of the Russian ship
  73. Le inchieste del commissario Maigret (TV series, season 3, episode 4: La chiusa) (credited) .... Jacques
  74. Stasera Fernandel (TV series, season 1, episode 3: A me gli occhi) (uncredited) .... Man consulting fortune teller

    1969
  75. Barbagia (credited) .... Nino's father
  76. C'era una volta un gangster (credited?) .... Commissioner Mazzano
  77. I diavoli della guerra (uncredited) .... The priest
  78. Il magnaccio (credited) .... Laura's father
  79. La taglia è tua... l'uomo l'ammazzo io (uncredited) .... Sheriff
  80. Le sorelle (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... Train ticket inspector
  81. Yellow: le cugine (credited) .... Romolo
  82. Zorro alla corte d'Inghilterra (uncredited) .... Judge

    1970
  83. Arrivano Django e Sartana... è la fine (credited as Dean Reece) .... Old miner
  84. Buon funerale amigos!... paga Sartana (uncredited) .... Joe Benson
  85. Don Franco e Don Ciccio nell'anno della contestazionea (uncredited) .... Onerevole de Gaetano
  86. I giovedi della signora Giulia (TV mini-series, episodes 3,4 & 5) (credited) .... Agent Polito
  87. I vendicatori dell'Ave Maria (credited?) .... Sheriff Ferguson
  88. Il magnifico Robin Hood (uncredited) .... Sir William Prescott
  89. Quel maledetto giorno d'inverno... Django e Sartana all'ultimo sangue (credited as Dan Reesy) .... Willy McLean
  90. Shango, la pistola infallibile (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... Fernandez
  91. Una coccarda per il re (TV movie) (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... Sergeant

    1971
  92. Il ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo (credited) .... Manilo
  93. Il tredicesimo è sempre Giuda (credited) .... General
  94. Quelle sporche anime dannate (credited) .... Sheriff
  95. Rimase uno solo e fu la morte per tutti! (credited) .... Prison director
  96. Tara Poki (credited) .... Priest
  97. Trastevere (uncredited) .... Tavern customer
  98. Una stagione all'inferno (credited but not found)

    1972
  99. Il santo patrono (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... The mayor
  100. Il West ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja (uncredited) .... Barman
  101. L'età di Cosimo de Medici (TV mini-series) - episode 3 (credited as Attilio Dottavio) .... Weapons constructor
  102. La lunga cavalcata della vendetta (credited) .... Mr. Drummond
  103. Meo Patacca (uncredited) .... Jew
  104. Karzan, il favoloso uomo della jungla (credited) .... Mr. Reed
  105. Seminò morte... lo chiamavano il Castigo di Dio! (uncredited) .... Barman
  106. Sollazzevoli storie di mogli gaudenti e mariti penitenti (credited) .... Raffaello
  107. Un Bounty Killer a Trinità (credited) .... John
  108. Zambo, il dominatore della foresta (credited) .... Professor Woodworth

    1973
  109. 4 caporali e ½ e un colonnello tutto d'un pezzo (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... Colonel Lupinacci
  110. Diario di una vergine romana (credited) .... Lucius
  111. Fra' Tazio da Velletri (credited) .... Bellarmino
  112. Il brigadiere Pasquale Zagaria ama la mamma e la polizia (uncredited) .... Man from Molise
  113. Kid il monello del west (credited) .... Mackenzie
  114. La morte ha sorriso all'assassino (credited) .... Inspector Dannick
  115. Novelle licenziose di vergini vogliose (credited) .... Doctor
  116. Paolo il caldo (uncredited) .... Doctor Mondella
  117. Pugni, pirati e karatè (credited) .... Governor
  118. Sei bounty killers per una strage (credited) .... Cemetery

    1974
  119. A pugni nudi (uncredited) .... Doctor
  120. Commissariato di notturna (uncredited) .... Man chained to the lamp post
  121. Dieci bianchi uccisi da un piccolo indiano (credited) .... Smith
  122. La badessa di Castro (uncredited) .... Doctor
  123. La polizia chiede aiuto (uncredited) .... Coroner
  124. Le scomunicate di San Valentino (credited) .... Prison guard
  125. Nucleo centrale investigativo (TV series) - episode 5: "Il falso Tiziano" (credited) .... Restoration director
  126. Scusi, si potrebbe evitare il servizio militare? ...No! (credited) .... The colonel
  127. Sotto il placido don (TV mini-series) - episode 4 (credited) .... Ivan
  128. The Arena (uncredited) .... Spectator
  129. Un uomo, una città (credited) .... Coroner

    1975
  130. ...a tutte le auto della polizia... (credited) .... Coroner
  131. Che botte ragazzi! (credited as Attilio D'Ottesio) .... Village elder
  132. Il richiamo del lupo (credited) .... Jim and Mary's father
  133. Profondo rosso (uncredited) .... Gardener
  134. Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire (uncredited) .... Lawyer
  135. Roma violenta (uncredited) .... Bus passenger

    1976
  136. Cuore di cane (credited) .... Man reading newspaper
  137. Emanuelle nera n° 2 (credited) .... The general
  138. Emmanuelle bianca e nera (credited) .... Doctor
  139. Italia a mano armata (uncredited) .... Theft victim
  140. Lager SSadis Kastrat Kommandantur (credited) .... Doctor Steiner
  141. Roma, l'altra faccia della violenza (uncredited) .... Mugging victim
  142. Telefoni bianchi (uncredited) .... Partisan

    1977
  143. Gola profonda nera (uncredited) .... Guru
  144. I peccati di una giovane moglie di campagna (credited) .... Rev. Clemente Argonni
  145. Mogliamante (credited) .... Luigi's secretary
  146. Nerone (uncredited) .... Centurion
  147. SS Lager 5: L'inferno delle donne (credited) .... Professor Abraham

    1978
  148. Il commissario Verrazzano (uncredited) .... Notary Bruni
  149. Il grande attacco (credited) .... Pierre

    1980
  150. Eva man (uncredited) .... The professor
  151. Orinoco: Prigioniere del sesso (uncredited) .... Moreno
  152. Sono fotogenico (credited) .... Turchese

    1981
  153. Dei miei bollenti spiriti (TV mini-series) - episode 3 (credited) .... Father Onofrio
  154. Giochi erotici nella terza galassia (uncredited) .... Village elder
  155. La nouvelle malle des Indes (TV mini-series) (credited) .... Barberin
  156. La Salamandra (uncredited) .... Guest At Bruno Manzini's Party
  157. Pierino contro tutti (credited) .... The doctor

    1982
  158. Colomba (TV mini-series) - episode 3 (credited) .... Dr. Pauli
  159. La Traviata (uncredited) .... Party guest

    1983
  160. Sfrattato cerca casa equo canone (uncredited) .... Army veteran on the bus
  161. The Lonely Lady (uncredited) .... Man at the award ceremony

    1984
  162. Cuore (TV mini-series, episodes 2 & 6 (credited) .... School inspector
  163. Dagobert (uncredited) .... Cardinal Basilius

More Attilio!
There are plenty more titles where Attilio is rumoured to appear that I have not yet checked, so if anybody has any of the titles below you know what to do...
  • Les Perles de la couronne (1937) This title is mentioned in the mini-biography on Wikipedia as being Attilio's acting debut, however the title is not included in his filmography there or anywhere else. I had no luck finding him, however it is one of those films where practically every actor is wearing a wig or a hat, so it could be possible I missed him.
  • Il cavaliere senza nome (1941) ANICA
  • L'amore canta (1941) ANICA
  • Piccolo mondo antico (1941) ANICA as Companion of Franco. I didn't find him, but may possibly have missed him.
  • Soltanto un bacio (1942) IMDb
  • Giacomo l'idealista (1943) ANICA as Battistella, un fratello di Giacomo
  • L'angelo del miracolo (1945) ANICA
  • Ti ritroverò (1949) IMDb as The gunrunner head
  • Contro la legge (1950) ANICA
  • Vogliamoci bene! (1950) ANICA as Mario
  • Il lupo della frontiera (1951) IMDb
  • Operazione Mitra (1951) IMDb
  • Europa '51 (1952) ANICA
  • La ragazza di Trieste (Les loups chassent la nuit) (1952) ANICA as Baum
  • La storia del Fornaretto di Venezia (1952) ANICA as Aorgadore
  • Gioventù alla sbarra (1953) ANICA
  • Legione straniera (1953) ANICA as Brother of Irene
  • La prigioniera di Amalfi (1954) ANICA
  • Operazione mitra (1954) ANICA
  • Amazzonia terra sconosciuta (1955) This documentary is mentioned on Wikipedia as being Attilio's only directorial credit
  • Além do Rios das Mortes (1958) IMDb. This is a Brazilian film. Given this credit and the documentary above maybe it's possible Attilio spent some time in South America in the mid-late 50's which could account for his lack of Italian credits during this time?
  • La Gioconda (1958) IMDb
  • Viva l'Italia (1960) ANICA as Francesco Crispi
  • La ballata dei mariti (1963) ANICA as Commissario
  • Come inguaiammo l'esercito (1965) ANICA as Hotel manager
  • Te lo leggo negli occhi (1965/6) ANICA
  • Agente 070 - Thunderbay missione Grasshopper (1966) ANICA as Daiker
  • Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) IMDb as 3rd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco's 1st Hanging
  • La resa dei conti (1966) IMDb as Mexican officer
  • I diamanti che nessuno voleva rubare (1967) ANICA as Maresciallo dei carabinieri
  • La Traviata (1967) ANICA
  • Corri uomo corri (1968) ANICA as Manuel Etchevarria
  • Il sole è di tutti (1968) IMDb as Direttore delle incisioni
  • Oliver Cromwell: Ritratto di un dittatore (1969) TV movie, IMDb
  • Raptus / Eros e Thanatos (1969) ANICA as Police commissioner
  • Inginocchiati straniero... I cadaveri non fanno ombra! (1970) ANICA / IMDb as Sanchez
  • La sfida dei MacKenna (1970) IMDb as Sheriff Bill
  • Arriva Durango... paga o muori (1971) ANICA / IMDb as Peter, saloon host
  • È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! (1971) IMDb as Organ player
  • La donna scomparsa (1971) ANICA
  • Per una bara piena di dollari (1971) ANICA, credited as Dean Reese, as Charles Benson
  • Bianco, rosso e... (1972) ANICA as Scioperante della Pol Ovo
  • La Colt era il suo Dio (1972) ANICA / IMDb as Sheriff Bill Harris
  • Una Colt in mano al diavolo (1972) ANICA / IMDb as Jeremy Scott
  • All'ultimo minuto (1973) TV series, season 3, episode 4, IMDb as Un giocatore di poker
  • ...Altrimenti vi ammucchiamo (1973) IMDb as Outlaw
  • ...e continuavano a mettere lo diavolo ne lo inferno (1973) IMDb as Cardinal Ronconi
  • Il giustiziere di Dio (1973) ANICA as Tim Bronson
  • Il tuo piacere è il mio (1973) ANICA as Visconte di Turenna
  • Il vero coraggio (1973) TV movie, IMDb as Euripontide
  • Eroi all'inferno (1974) IMDb as Julian's brother
  • Lo sgarbo (1974) ANICA / IMDb as Uomo ucciso nella sala scommesse
  • Un certo Marconi (1974) TV movie, IMDb
  • Virilità (1974) IMDb as Judge in the dream
  • Furia nera (1975) ANICA / IMDb as Commissioner
  • Il tempo degli assassini (1975) IMDb as Brigadier
  • La bolognese (1975) ANICA as Don Calogero
  • Prete, fai un miracolo (1975) ANICA
  • Zanna Bianca alla riscossa (1975) IMDb as Stagecoach driver
  • Bluff storia di truffe e di imbroglioni (1976) ANICA as Archaeologist
  • Canne mozze (1977) IMDb as Don Carrara
  • Gli uccisori (1977) ANICA
  • Il bandito dalle canne mozze (1977) ANICA
  • Kakkientruppen (1977) ANICA
  • La bravata (1977) ANICA
  • I vecchi e i giovani (1979) TV mini-series, episodes 1,3,4,& 5, IMDb as Liborio
  • Con gli occhi dell'occidente (1979) TV mini-series, episodes 1 & 3, IMDb as Laspara
  • I ragazzi di celluloide (1981) TV mini-series, episode 3, IMDb as Primo invitato
  • Cercasi Gesù (1982) ANICA as Falegname
  • El regreso de Eva Man (1982) IMDb
  • Massimamente folle (1983 or 1985?) ANICA

No Dottesio!
As always seems to be the case with little-known actors with large online filmographies, there are a few titles where he is credited somewhere online, but either he does not appear or else I was unable to find him for some reason.
  • Il Leone di San Marco (1963) ANICA. I've been through this film thoroughly head-shotting and Attilio is nowhere to be seen and not credited.
  • Ray Master l'inafferrabile (1966) ANICA. Not credited and not found
  • Nero Wolfe (1969) TV series, episode "Per la fama di Cesare". IMDb as Primo allevatore. Not credited and not found.
  • La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (1975) IMDb. Uncredited and not found. There's a corpse who looks somewhat like Attilio, but the corpse is clean-shaven and as far as I'm aware Attilio was always bearded in the 70's

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Post by PeplumParadise » 12/11/2020, 13:58

La peccatrice (1940) as Hotel porter
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Il bravo di Venezia (1941) as Painter
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La bisbetica domata (1942) as Film actor
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La contessa Castiglione (1942) as Theatre patron
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L'uomo dalla croce (1943) credited as A. Dottesio, as The injured tank soldier
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Aeroporto (1944) credited, role uncertain.

You Tube only had the opening credit sequence for this film, however it is of note since he has the male lead role.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 12/11/2020, 14:13

Fatto di cronaca (1945) credited on the poster, role uncertain.

This was the final film of ill-fated stars Osvaldo Valenti and Luisa Ferida before their politically-motivated assassinations.
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Rocambole (1947) credited, as Count Luigi D'Orsino
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La revanche de Baccarat (1947) credited on the poster. This is the second half of Rocambole, released the same year, so Attilio presumably plays the same role of Count Luigi D'Orsino.
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