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Giustino Durano
Giustino Durano 1955.jpg
Durano on stage in 1955
Born(1923-05-05)5 May 1923
Died18 February 2002(2002-02-18) (aged 78)
Years active1954–2001

Giustino Durano (5 May 1923 – 18 February 2002) was an Italian actor best known for his work as Eliseo Orefice in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.[1] For his role, he was nominated in part for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.[2]

Life Is Beautiful

The movie is centered on his nephew Guido and his son Giosuè. In the movie, he is the head waiter of a hotel dining room. As racial turmoil begins erupting in Italy against Jews, the waiter, his nephew and the nephew's son are taken to a concentration camp. While at the camp, he was separated from his nephew and later killed in a gas chamber along with several other elderly people.


Durano died in 2002 after a long battle with cancer.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Giustino Durano: Italian actor". Variety. 2002-02-23. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  2. ^ "Giustino Durano (1923–2002)". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-04-07.