Furnari, Salvatore

less-known actors (< 50 roles)
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less-known actors mostly active in movies shot in northern Italy
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Furnari, Salvatore

Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:16

Salvatore Furnari in Femina ridens (1969)
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Salvatore Furnari was a dwarf actor active in Italian films from at least the start of the 1940's until the early 1980's.

Of the many dwarf actors who worked in Italian cinema, Salvatore enjoyed by far the lengthiest career, and, at least in the 50's and 60's, had the highest profile, being particularly popular in the peplum genre. While the majority of his roles were inevitably defined by his size, occasionally, such as in I cento cavalieri, he would play roles where this was not relevant.

Sadly, despite him being a familiar face, there are no biographical details currently known.

I have found a few undocumented roles for Salvatore and I am sure there should be more to be discovered.

Filmography
1946
  1. Partenza ore 7 .... The dwarf (credited as "Salvatore")

    1951
  2. I sette nani alla riscossa .... Toto (credited)
  3. O.K. Nero .... Dwarf (uncredited)

    1953
  4. Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente .... Dwarf (uncredited)

    1958
  5. La rivolta dei gladiatori .... Astarte (credited)

    1959
  6. Le legioni di Cleopatra .... Mark Anthony's mute dwarf companion (credited)
  7. Le notti di Lucrezia Borgia .... Dwarf (uncredited)

    1960
  8. I giganti della Tessaglia .... Dwarf companion of Argo's father (credited)
  9. La vendetta di Ercole .... Dwarf friend of Hercules (uncredited)
  10. Tu che ne dici? .... Baby Little (credited)

    1961
  11. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide .... Timoteo (credited)
  12. Il conquistatore di Maracaibo .... Vileno (credited)

    1962
  13. Le 7 fatiche di Alì Babà .... Setel (credited)
  14. Vulcano, figlio di Giove .... Geo (credited)

    1964
  15. I cento cavalieri .... Leader of the revolutionaries (credited)
  16. La rivolta dei pretoriani .... Elpidion (credited)

    1965
  17. Vita di Dante (TV mini-series) ep. 3 .... The fool (credited)

    1966
  18. Il Natale che quasi non fu .... Elf (credited)

    1969
  19. Dio perdoni la mia pistola .... Burt (uncredited)
  20. Femina ridens .... Dwarf (uncredited)
  21. I lupi (TV movie) .... The spy (credited)

    1971
  22. I quattro pistoleri di Santa Trinità .... Ned (credited)
  23. I racconti di Padre Brown (TV series) ep. 5: "I tre strumenti di morte" .... The very small drunk (credited)

    1972
  24. Il sospetto (TV mini-series) ep. 2 .... Creepy dwarf in the window (uncredited)
  25. Sei iellato, amico hai incontrato Sacramento .... Barman (credited)

    1973
  26. Kid il monello del west .... The dwarf (credited)
  27. La torta in cielo .... Excellency (credited)

    1974
  28. Orlando Furioso (TV mini-series) eps. 3, 4 .... Dwarf of Doralice (credited)
  29. Sotto il placido Don (TV mini-series) ep. 4 .... Mime actor (credited)

    1975
  30. Gamma (TV mini-series) eps. 1, 2 .... Pisolo (credited)
  31. L'arbre de Guernica .... Dwarf seeking equality (credited)

    1976
  32. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo .... The cashier's partner (uncredited)
  33. La principessa sul pisello .... Mosciolo (credited)
  34. Movie Rush - La febbre del cinema .... Dwarf in the holding cell (uncredited)

    1977
  35. Maschio latino cercasi .... Nanninella (uncredited)
  36. Il furto della Gioconda (TV mini-series) eps. 1, 2 .... Dancing dwarf (uncredited)

    1978
  37. Pugni, dollari e spinaci .... Goliath (credited)
  38. Quando c'era lui... caro lei! .... Vittorio Emanuele III (credited)

    1979
  39. Caligola .... Dwarf (uncredited)
  40. Giallo napoletano .... Agostino Ampolla (credited)

    1980
  41. La dottoressa ci sta col colonnello .... Dwarf in erotic dream sequence (uncredited)

    1983
  42. 2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York .... Dwarf rebel gang member (uncredited)
  43. Fuga dal Bronx (credited but not found)

Filmography to check
  • Nascita di Salomè (1940) ANICA as Dwarf
  • Caravaggio, il pittore maledetto (1941) ANICA as Dwarf
  • Arriviamo noi! (1942) ANICA as Dwarf
  • Destino (1951) IMDb as Sansone
  • La prima notte di nozze (1976) ANICA
  • Una donna di notte (1979) ANICA

Sans Salvatore!
Films where Salvatore is listed as appearing online, but cannot be found
  • ...E si salvò solo l'aretino Pietro con una mano avanti e l'altra dietro (1972) IMDb as Farfarello. I have been through this film numerous times without ever finding Salvatore
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Re: Furnari, Salvatore

Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:20

Partenza ore 7 (1946) credited as "Salvatore", as The dwarf

He is a member of the theatre troupe which the plot revolves around, but if he has a character name then I didn't catch it.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:28

I sette nani alla riscossa (1951) credited, as Toto
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:32

O.K. Nero (1951) as Dwarf
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:34

Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (1953) as Dwarf
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:37

La rivolta dei gladiatori (1958) credited, as Astarte
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:40

Le legioni di Cleopatra (1959) credited, as Mute dwarf
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:43

Le notti di Lucrezia Borgia (1959) as Dwarf
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:47

I giganti della Tessaglia (1960) credited, as Dwarf companion of Argo's father
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Post by PeplumParadise » 30/04/2021, 13:49

La vendetta di Ercole (1960) as Dwarf friend of Hercules
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