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Cesare Danova
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    (March 1, 1926-March 19, 1992)
    Born in Bergamo, Italy
    Birth name was Cesare Deitinger
    Portrayed Mayor Carmine DePasto in 'National Lampoon's Animal House' (1978)
    Also appeared in the films 'The Holy Nun' (1945), 'El Correo del Rey' (1951), 'I Tre Corsari' (1952), 'L'Eterna Feminia' (1954), 'Don Juan' (1955), 'The Man Who Understood Women' (1959), 'Cleopatra' (1963), 'Gidget Goes to Rome' (1963), 'Viva Las Vegas' (1964), 'Che!' (1969), 'Mean Streets' (1973) and 'Tentacles' (1977)
    He planned to become a doctor until he suffered a nervous breakdown shortly before he was to complete his degree.
    He was originally to have been the lead in 'Ben-Hur' (1959) until director William Wyler decided he did not want an actor with an accent in the role and chose Charlton Heston.
    After he became a born-again Christian, he appeared regularly on Pat Robertson's '700 Club' and took part in '700 Club' telethons.
    He suffered a fatal heart attack at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences during a meeting of the foreign language film committee.
    While recovering from his breakdown, he was discovered by Dino DeLaurentiis, who insisted that he take a screen test.
    He was a fencing champion by age 15, a member of the Italian national rugby team at age 17, a champion amateur swimmer, and an expert polo player and archer.
    He spoke five languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

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