Theatre has lost one of its gems this weekend as the legendary actor Alex Giannini passed away in a natural but untimely death. The celebrated actor was only of 52 years of age. The workaholic theatre personality has left the theatre world bewildered as his demise took place just an hour before his stage performance in “Mack & Mabel” in Plymouth, Friday night.
Agent Felix de Wolfe, Giannini’s agent confirmed his death through a post on Twitter that reads the sudden death of the talented actor. We can say that life itself has paid tribute to Giannini by giving him the chance to exhibit his acting caliber till the end and did not let him stay apart from the stage even in his last days. After news of his death was made public, Giannini’s official website featured a single image – showing a photo of him superimposed against the night sky with the words: “There will be one star shining twice as bright as any other tonight. Rest with the angels Alex.”
The performance of Friday night was instantly cancelled just in the preceding hour; the curtain was due to rise to express the bereavement on behalf of the company. David Bloom, of the Chichester Festival Theatre production company gave an official statement in this regard. Theater Royal Plymouth addressed the cancellation on their Facebook page assuring all remaining performances will go ahead as scheduled and expressed their gratitude to the audience for keeping patience and understanding.
Post his unfortunate demise, the entire global acting realm is conversing about his timeless creations as an actor. Giannini has crafted the role of a Spanish officer in the 2007 royal biopic “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, a classic featuring Cate Blanchett. The legend even has appeared in 1998’s release “Miss Monday”, a film by Benson Lee. He was featured in television shows such as “The Bill” and “Dalziel and Pascoe”.
Recently he has essayed a concrete character as gangster Antonio Caponigro, aka Tony Bananas in the film “Legend”. The story unfolds a narration of twin gangsters, Ronald and Reginald Kray. He shared the screen with Tom Hardy and the duo excels as notorious British mobsters. An outstanding work in its genre, the film initially has opened in theaters on September 9.
Though he has some notable works on silver screen, as well as on Television, he will be indelible mainly because of his aptitude on stage crafts. The Chelsea football fan however, spent most of his career in the theater with credits in “Oh What a Lovely War” and “Batman Live”. In the character of The Penguin from “Batman”, he utters his best acting ability that not only won plaudits but will also remain as a cult with raves from critics.
The tributes from all platforms are pouring in on social media. Actors Amy Beadal, Oliver Hemborough, Hugh Sachs, Joseph Prouse, and many expressed their emotions on social media. Some expressed their grief to console his wife Jennifer, who is the daughter of famous comedian Harry Secombe.
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