Italy mourns the death of legendary actor Enzo Garinei who dies aged 96

Italy mourns the death of legendary actor Enzo Garinei who dies aged 96

Italy mourns the death of legendary actor Enzo Garinei who dies aged 96. Image: @fraversion/Twitter

TRIBUTES flooded social media on Thursday, August 25 following the news that legendary Italian actor Enzo Garinei has died aged 96.

Italy is in mourning after it was revealed that Italian film actor Enzo Garinei had passed away on Thursday, August 25.

Although Garinei starred in close to 80 films since 1949, he will best be remembered as the Italian voice of Sherman Hemsley in the American sitcom The Jeffersons.

Tributes poured into social media following the news of his death.

Francesco Canino wrote: “Enzo Garinei has died, he was 96 years old. He was ‘the voice of God’ in Add a Place at the Table. TV fans will also remember him well for Io e la mamma, a sit-com with Delia Scala and Gerry Scotti. What a legend!”

Another said: “I have been cheering for Lazio since 1937. I saw Lazio’s first game against a Hungarian team. I liked it and I remember that Lazio’s centre forward was called Silvio Piola”. Farewell to Enzo Garinei, great actor and voice actor, class of 1926.”

“‘Nobody can teach you sympathy’. Enzo Garinei,” another wrote.

Giulio Base wrote: “Today #ENZOGARINEI joined our friends up there. R.i.p. I will always carry in my heart this photograph of three lovely character actors from our cinema that I directed all together many years ago (Enzo Cannavale, Raffaele Pisu and Enzo Garinei in a scene from ‘Non ho l’età’, 1999)”

“Farewell to Enzo Garinei, TV and theater actor, but for those of my generation above all, an exceptional voice actor for the legendary George Jefferson,” wrote another.

While another wrote: “I grew up consuming the VHS of the play ‘Let’s Light the Lamp’ where Usseim Ullà was. Unfortunately I did not have the chance to see her live, but I did manage to meet Enzo a few years ago in “Add a place at the table” at the Sistina Theatre ❤️RIP”

“An important part of Italian theatre history has left us! Farewell Enzo Garinei,” another wrote.

The talented voice actor’s death comes after the world lost the original voice of Pingu the penguin.

Carlo Bonomi, the original voice of the much-loved stop-motion children’s series Pingu, died in his birth city of Milan, Italy at the age of 85.

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