Robert Rietty was born Lucio Rietti in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on February 8, 1923. His father was stage actor Vittorio Rietti and was responsible for discovering Lucio at the tender age of eight. He noticed a script he had given him in order to help him with rehearsing a play. Vittorio encourage Lucio to join his own acting school, and taught the boy everything he had learned as an actor. Lucio became a child prodigy and appeared alongside his father in many plays. He was handpicked by Alfred Hitchcock to play the boy in Secret Agent (1936), but being so young required schooling by law and had to turn down the part. The early Hollywood motion picture king David O. Selznick having seen the boy on stage and tried to sign him to an extended contract with his Studio. Before having turned 11 years old Rietti had been in over a dozen films the most notable having starred in the classic Emil and the Detectives (1935) as the leader of a gang of kids.
When World War II broke out Rietti was only 15 years old and on tour in the U.K. Being of Italian origin was placed in a detention camp together with his father and brother Ronaldo, who later became a director and producer. After a period of 8 months detention he was released upon special request to organize an army unit made up of professional actors to entertain the troops. He then changed his stage name to Robert Rietty to make it sound less Italian and more Irish. It was under the name Robert Rietty that he became best known by the public. After serving in the army for 5 ½ years he returned to public attention picking up where he had left off.
Robert would go on to perform on radio, stage, motion pictures and television. He would work with Orson Welles twice in radio plays: The Black Museum (1951) and again in The Third Man (1951-1952) as Harry Lime. The two men developed a lifelong friendship. This led to Robert’s frequent appearances in Welle’s films. Independently Rietti appeared mostly as a character actor in films and theater and even writing several plays and became editor of the drama quarterly Gambit.
With the broad arrival of television Robert would appear in over 100 series and TV films. During the 1950s he occasionally worked with his father on stage and television. He then made the change from actor to director becoming heavily involved in postproduction work directing and dubbing becoming unquestionably the most sort after director of his kind known throughout Hollywood and Europe as the King Of Dubbers and Man Of A Thousand Voices. His direction was used for practically every film in the James Bond Series and he even appeared in several. His list of voice overs is a never ending list of hundreds of pictures. He would become an instructor of his craft and helped develop new talent which has continued to this day.
RIETTY, Robert (Lucio Rietti)
Born: 2/8/1923, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died: 4/3/2015, London, England, U.K.
Year Title Character Actor
1949 The Glass Mountain Gino Antonio Centa
1950 Operation X Prince Roberto Villa
1951 Never Take No for an Answer various voices ?
1952 Othello Lodovico Nicholas Bruce
1952 The Golden Coach Ramon Riccardo Rioli
1954 Attila Aetius Henri Vidal
1955 That Lady Escovedo José Nieto
1955 Land of the Pharaohs Hamar Alexis Minotis
1956 Alexander the Great Cleitus/Philotas Gustavo Rojo/Reuben Rojo
1956 War and Peace French Officer ?
1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee unknown character ?
1956 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Pierre Gringoire Robert Hirsch
1957 A Novel Affair Carlo/Mario Carlo Giustini
1957 Don Quixote Sanson Carrasco Georgiy Vitsin
1957 The Beasts of Marseilles Salvatore Marcello Pagliero
1958 The Silent Enemy Rosati Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
1958 The Key unknown character ?
1958 The Snorkel Station Sergeant ?
1958 The Secret Man John Manning Henry Oscar
1960 Sink the Bismarck! Cpt. Lindermann Carl Möhner
1960 The Savage Innocents Missionary Marco Guglielmi
1961 The Naked Edge unknown character ?
1962 Dr. No John Strangways Tim Moxon
1962 Lawrence of Arabia Majid Gamil Ratib
1963 55 Days at Peking Spanish Minister Alfredo Mayo
1963 Doctor in Distress various characters ?
1963 Siege of the Saxons Saxon Prince Richard Clarke
1963 The Ceremony Sanchez/Warden/Gendarme Fernando Rey/John Ireland/
1964 Agent 8 ¾ various characters ?
1964 Beckett Pope Alexander III Paolo Stoppa
1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire Narrator himself
1964 Castle of the Living Dead Bruno Jacques Stany
1965 Thunderball Emilio Largo Adolfo Celi
1965 Doctor Zhivago Kostoyed Klaus Kinski
1965 Blood Beast from Outer Space Medra Robert Crewdson
1965 Danger Man Receptionist/Translator ?
1966 Where the Spies Are Operator himself
1966 Lost Command Verte Syl Lamont
1966 Khartoum various characters ?
1966 Triple Cross B.B.C. Reporter Albert Simono
1967 The Night of the Generals Driver Mac Ronay
1967 Casino Royale various characters ?
1967 You Only Live Twice Tiger Tanaka Tetsurô Tanba
1967 Five Golden Dragons Gert Klaus Kinski
1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye Anacleto Zorro David
1967 The Prisoner (TV) Number 2 ?
1968 Assignment K various characters ?
1968 The Girl on a Motorcycle various characters ?
1968 The Blood of Fu Manchu Carl Jansen/Sancho Lopez Götz George, Ricardo
1968 Barbarella Professor Ping Marcel Marceau
1968 The Valley of Gwangi Carlos Gustavo Rojo
1969 Mackenna’s Gold Hachita Ted Cassidy
1969 The Desperados Deputy Tate David Thompson
1969 Those Daring Young Men in
Their Jaunty Jalopies Count Levinovich Jack Hawkins
1969 Sax Rohmer's The Castle of
Fu Manchu Curt Günther Stoll
1969 Land Raiders Harper wagon master ?
1969 A Talent for Loving two unknown characters ?
1969 A Walk with Love and Death unknown character ?
1969 The Royal Hunt of the Sun Atahuallpa Christopher Plummer
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Jenkins ?
1969 The Red Tent Finn Malmgren Eduard Martsevich
1970 Hell Boats Salvatore Takis Emmanuel
1970 You Can't Win 'Em All Col. Enci Fikret Hakan
1970 Deep End various characters ?
1970 Waterloo General Sir Thomas Picton Jack Hawkins
1970 UFO (TV) Lt. Keith Ford Keith Alexander
1971 Flight of the Doves Irish Airport TV Reporter ?
1971 The Last Run Miguel Aldo Sambrell
1971 Captain Apache unknown character ?
1971 A Town Called Hell Paco Michael Craig
1971 Jason King (TV) Angelo Hans Meyer
1972 Brother Sun, Sister Moon Consul Adolfo Celi
1972 Tales from the Crypt Radio Newscaster ?
1972 The Ruling Class unknown characters ?
1972 Frenzy Doctor Noel Johnson
1972 Treasure Island Long John Silver Orson Welles
1973 Hitler: The Last Ten Days Gen. Krebs Adolfo Celi
1973 Gawain and the Green Knight Green Knight Nigel Green
1973 The Battle of Sutjeska Nikola Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic
1973 A Doll’s House unknown character ?
1973 The Golden Voyage of Sinbad Haroun/Omar/Koura's Kurt Christian/Aldo Sambrel
1974 From Beyond the Grave Marcel Steiner/Dallas Adams ?
1974 The Night Porter unknown characters ?
1974 Ten Little Indians 4 unknown characters ?
1975 Deadly Strangers unknown characters ?
1975 Paper Tiger Harok Kurt Christian
1975 The Genius Major Cabot/Harris Patrick McGoohen
1975-1976 Space 1999 (TV) Sphere/Mateo/Cellini ?, Giancarlo Preti, Gianni
1976 Spanish Fly Antonio ?
1976 Land of the Minotaur Police Sgt. Vendris Dimitris Bislanis
1977 Gulliver’s Travels unknown character ?
1977 The Cross of Iron German Officer ?
1978 Force Ten from Navarrone Drazak Richard Kiel
1978 The Thief of Baghdad (TV) Cpt. of the Guard ?
1979 Ashanti Slave Trader ?
1979 Avalanche Express Gen. Marenkov ?
1981 For Your Eyes Only Ernst Stavro Blofeld John Hollis
1982 The Hunchback of Notre
Dame (TV) The Hunchback Anthony Hopkins
1982 Trail of the Pink Panther unknown characters ?
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther unknown characters ?
1985 Christopher Columbus (TV) various characters ?
2002 Dr. Who: No Child of Earth Bedloe ?