The "Sir Laurence Olivier of Italy" was born on September 1, 1922 in Genoa, Italy. He was named Vittorio Gassman and felt at home in classical theater. Gassman debuted on stage in 1943 and since 1946 he worked in movies. His first big role was Bitter Rice in 1949. He plays confusing men who inflict pan and please at the same time. He has been in Italian comedies and American movies. He has a deep passion for the theater and directed a film entitled Kean: Genius or Scoundrel in 1957.
Gassman acted in Luchino Visconti's theater company and performed in Un Tram che si chiama desiderio or A Streetcar Named Desire and in Rosalinda. He often criticized cultural positions and acquired enemies in the world of art for his judgments. Gassman had the title role in Othello and was in a television series called Il Mattatore (Spotlight Chaser). Movies that made Gassman famous include La Grande Guerra in 1962, I mostri in 1963 and Profumo di donna in 1974.
He founded Bottega Teatrale de Firenze in Florence and helped to train many talented actors of the Italian theater and film. In American he filmed Rhapsody with Elizabeth Taylor as well as The Glass Wall.
Gassman was married three times. Nora Ricci mother of his daughter Paola, Shelley Winters mother of Vittoria, and Diletta D'Andrea who is the mother of his son Jacopo. Gassman had an affair with Juliette Maynel who is the mother of Alessandro. Gassman died of a heart attack in Rome at the age of 77 (June 29, 2000).