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Cesare Danova ACTOR

Cesare Danova was born on March 1st, 1926 in Bergamo, Italy with the birth name Cesare Deitinger.  Many know his story of being brought to America and being told he was going to get his big break as the lead in, "Ben-Hur" however, he lost out to Charlton Heston for the role which was the role that made Heston a household name.
Despite this disappointment, Danova went on to become a highly successful Italian American Actor.  Growing up he excelled in athletics becoming a fencing champion at age fifteen and by the age of seventeen he was a member of the Italian National Rugby Team.  He was successful in all sports ranging from golf, tennis, swimming and even a master archer. 

His parents hoped he would pursue a career in medicine.  Upon completing high school he went o to study to become a doctor, however, prior to earning his degree, Danova suffered a nervous breakdown.

A friend of his recommended while he was taking time off his schooling to meet with a well known Italian producer, Dino De Laurentiis.  Dino was so highly impressed with Danova he asked him to screen test and it was not long before, Danova was appearing in such films as, "La figlia del capitano" (1947), "The Holy Nun" (1950), "Cavalcata d'ero" (1950), "Pentimento" (1952) and "The Black Mask" (1952).
In addition to working in the film industry he loved performing as a stage actor and gained many years of experience in Europe on the stage as well as adding numerous European film credits to his resume.

Soon he caught the attention of MGM Studio's in Hollywood, California and in 1956 he was signed to a contract.  Sadly, he did not speak any English and his accent trying to learn the language was so strong it actually hurt him receiving any film roles.  Although he remained living in the United States and under contract with MGM, the first two years, they paid his salary but did not cast him in any film roles.
It was not until 1959 that he finally was being given the chance to appear in his first American films, "Catch Me if You Can" starring Gilbert Roland, Greta Thyssen, Jonathan Harris, Antonio Moreno and Dina Merrill and "The Man Who Understood Women" (both 1959).  Other more well known film roles included, "Tender is the Night" (1962), "Cleopatra" (1963) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, "Viva Las Vegas" (1964) starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margret, "Chamber of Horrors" (1966), "Mean Streets" (1973) and "Animal House" (1978).
As his career progressed he mainly focused on television work with some of his more well known appearances on series, "Dustry's Trail", "The Rifleman", "The Lucy Show", "Daniel Boone", "Fantasy Island", "Murder, She Wrote", "Maude", "Falcon Crest", "The Green Hornet", "Lassie", "Zane Grey Theatre", "Mission: Impossible", "Bonanza", "Magnum, P.I.", "Ryan's Hope" and his last appearance was in 1992 on, "The Heat of the Night" starring Carroll O'Connor.
He married an English actress, Pamela Matthews in 1955 and they had two sons together and remained married until 1963.  He did not remarry again and passed away at the age of sixty six on March 19th, 1992 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from a heart attack.  His remains are in the mausoleum in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery.


1992         In the Heat of the Night 
1989         Mission: Impossible
1988-1989     Ryan's Hope 
1987         Hunter 
1986         Jack and Mike 
1986         Murder, She Wrote 
1986         Magnum, P.I.
1986         Blacke's Magic
1985         Falcon Crest 
1985         Too Close for Comfort 
1985         Airwolf 
1985         Hotel 
1984         Simon & Simon 
1984         Automan 
1982         Matt Houston 
1982         The Fall Guy 
1981         The Love Boat 
1981         Fantasy Island 
1981         Hart to Hart
1981         Nero Wolfe
1981         Trapper John, M.D.
1981         Vega$ 
1980         The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
1979         Eischied
1979         Barnaby Jones 
1979         13 Queens Boulevard
1976-1979     Charlie's Angels 
1978         Animal House
1977         Operation Petticoat 
1977         The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 
1977         Tentacles
1976         Gemini Man 
1976         Scorchy
1976         A Matter of Wife... and Death
1976         Chico and the Man
1976         Sanford and Son
1976         The Astral Factor
1975         Matt Helm
1974-1975     Police Story
1975         Medical Center
1974         McCloud
1974         Death Cruise
1972-1974     Mannix
1973         Dusty's Trail 
1973         Mean Streets
1971-1973     McMillan & Wife 
1971-1973     The New Dick Van Dyke Show
1973         Horowitz in Dublin
1972         The Sandy Duncan Show
1972         Rod Serling's Night Gallery
1972         Maude 
1972         Lassie 
1970-1972     The Doris Day Show 
1972         Decisions! Decisions! 
1971         Cannon 
1969         Honeymoon with a Stranger
1969         The Mod Squad
1969         Che!
1969         My Friend Tony 
1968         The Name of the Game 
1968         That Girl 
1967-1968     Garrison's Gorillas
1967         The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
1967         The Green Hornet
1965-1966     Daniel Boone 
1966         The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. 
1966         Chamber of Horrors
1966         Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
1965         Honey West 
1965         Bonanza
1964         Arrest and Trial
1964         The Lucy Show
1964         Viva Las Vegas
 1964         Breaking Point
1963         Gidget Goes to Rome
1963         Vacation Playhouse 
1963         Cleopatra
1958-1963     The Rifleman 
1963         Stoney Burke
1963         Alcoa Premiere
 1962         Tender Is the Night
1961         Valley of the Dragons
1961         Outlaws 
1961         Zane Grey Theatre 
1961         The Roaring Twenties 
1961         Adventures in Paradise
1960         Tales of Wells Fargo
1959         Five Fingers
1959         Tarzan, the Ape Man
1959         The Man Who Understood Women
1959         Catch Me If You Can
1956         Ces sacrées vacances
1955         Non scherzare con le donne
1955         Don Juan
1955         Incatenata dal destino
1954         Loves of Three Queens
1954         Crossed Swords
1954         Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair
1954         Genoese Dragnet
1954         I cavalieri dell'illusione
1953         La cavallina storna
1953         Balocchi e profumi
1952         I tre corsari
1952         The Black Mask
1952         Pentimento
1951         El correo del rey
1950         Cavalcata d'ero
1950         El final de una leyenda
1950         The Holy Nun
1947         La figlia del capitano 

Matinee Classics - Tarzan, the Ape Man starring Denny Miller, Cesare Danova, Joanna Barnes and Robert Douglas

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