1925 – 2015
Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Ferzetti had his film debut in 1942 at the age of 17 and continued acting for seven decades. He has more than 160 credits to his name across film, television and stage.
Arguably the role he is most associated with internationally throughout his career was his role as distinguished organized crime boss Marc-Ange Draco in the 1969 James Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Director Peter Hunt had spotted Ferzetti in an Italian film in which he and Harry Saltzman were supposed to be reviewing another actor. Both were immediately drawn to Ferzetti and decided to screentest him. However, despite speaking good English, his lines were dubbed by British actor David de Keyser due to Ferzetti’s strong Italian accent.
Elegant, urbane and well-spoken, Gabriele Ferzetti was one of Italy’s most prominent international stars of the 1950’s and 60’s.