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Renzo Cesana


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This immortal known as an actor, composer, songwriter and author, was educated at the Jesuit Academy in Italy. He was a playwright and actor in Rome, then created the radio programs "Art Linkletter's Party", "Stop That Villain", and the "Radio Hall of Fame". He appeared in the road production "Time of the Cuckoo". His brother was famed composer Otto Cesana.

But his biggest claim to fame was inventing the character of "The Continental" which he used in a half hour show of the same name on tv in 1952-1953, which was the basis of the take-off as done by Christopher Walken on SNL.

Sadly so far no known episodes of The Continental have shown up in archives, but if they do I will be first in line to buy one price unimportant!


What's your favorite Renzo performance on film, since he was in many like "Stromboli", "The Naked Maja", "Francis of Assisi", and "A Lady Without Passport" among them?

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