• 18 May 1918
  •  Mogliano, Marche, Italy

Massimo Girotti


Manly, chiseled, exceedingly handsome, very agile Massimo Girotti was an engineering student and polo/swimming star before entering films in 1939. He began auspiciously in serious leads, most notably Roberto Rossellini's Desire (1946), Luchino Visconti's Les amants diaboliques (1943) and Vittorio De Sica's La porte du ciel (1945), while his physical stature and all-round athletism were put to good use in actioneers such as Sins of Rome (1953) in which he played the pre-Kirk Douglas slave-turned-leader role of Spartacus. By the 60s, however, Girotti was reduced to support roles in swashbuckling adventure and badly-dubbed sand-and-spear spectacles, appearing only occasionally in well-mounted films of quality, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema (1968), Bernardo Bertolucci's Le dernier Tango à Paris (1972) and Visconti's L'innocent (1976). He died only a few weeks before the release of his last film, Ferzan Ozpetek's Facing Windows (2003).