Castellani comes from a family of artists, but began to study technology before joining his uncle Attilio Pietromarchi's ensemble as a comedian in his operetta productions. Soon afterwards he turned to the revue scene, where he appeared in the shows of the Schwarz brothers and the group "Za-Bum". Soon he was a valued partner of the comedian Totò (whom he had met for the first time in Milan in 1927), for example in the revues Madama Follia and Mille e una donna in 1928. During his life on the stage and in numerous films, he remained stuck in this role. However, it was not officially called that until the early 1940s; previously he had u. a. celebrated a personal success alongside Anna Magnani in Quando meno te l'aspetti . An annual tour with one of the most popular revues of the time, Volumeide , and the piece Che ti se messi in testa also stand out from his work. Immediately afterwards he was to be seen, again next to Totò and again with Magnani, in the first stage presentation of the liberation of Rome, Con un palmo di nasi . After the war, Castellani intensified the collaboration with the star comedian and also appeared in his numerous films, often in small roles. Other notable stage works were the 1947 Michele Galdieri -Revue C'era una volta il mondo (with Elena Giusti , Isa Barzizza and Gilda Marino ). In 1955/56 he was the main actor in the comedy Il malato per tutti , he also took part with other one-act plays in the Compagnia delle 15 novità , directed by Maner Lualdi . In the following season he was then under contract with Peppino De Filippo and earned good reviews for his performance in Le metamorfosi di un suonatore ambulante .
In addition to synchronizing and working for the radio, Castellani played in numerous sketches for television shows, again mostly alongside Totò.
- 1945: Il ratto delle Sabine
- 1951: robbers and gendarmes (Guardie e ladri)
- 1965: I figli del leopardo
- 1966: Ringo e Gringo contro tutti
- 1969: Drive to Hell, you scoundrels (Gli specialisti)
- Interview with Castallani from 1973
- Roberto Chiti, Article Mario Castellani , in: Roberto Chiti, Enrico Lancia, Andrea Orbicciani, Roberto Poppi: Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gli attori. Rom, Gremese 1998, p. 107
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Italian actor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 2, 1906|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rome|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 25, 1978|
|Place of death||Rome|