The Italian actor Nino Castelnuovo, known to the general public for having played the lover of Catherine Deneuve in “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, died on Monday September 6 at the age of 84 years.
His character of Guy Foucher, the lover of Catherine Deneuve in the cult musical Les Parapluie de Cherbourg, had made him known to the general public. Italian actor Nino Castelnuovo died on Monday, September 6 in Rome after a long illness. He was 84 years old.
After studying theater in Milan, the young Francesco Castelnuovo, known as Nino, made his debut on the big screen at the end of the 1950s. But it was in 1960, with a small role in Rocco and his brothers by Visconti, that his career really starts.
In 1964, Nino Castelnuovo became known worldwide for his role as Guy Foucher, the lover of Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve) in Les Parapluie de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy. The musical, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, however, did not take off the career of the actor, who then toured mainly in his country.
Apart from his filming in Italy, with in particular the very popular series I promessi sposi, Nino Castelnuovo plays for Agnès Varda (Les Créatures) or Edouard Molinaro (L’Emmerdeur, with the role of the Bellhop room boy). In the mid-90s, the transalpine actor had an international experience playing the archaeologist D’Agostino dyears The English Patient of Anthony Minghella.
The favorite scene of Damien Chazelle, the director of “La La Land”, is a scene from “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” starring Nino Castelnuovo: