Mario Lanza Actor Mario Lanza was an American tenor, actor, and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. The son of Italian immigrants, he began studying to be a professional singer at the age of 16. He was born Alfred Arnold Cocozza.
Mario Lanza (1921-1959) * AFI Top Actor nominee > Active 1949-59 > Born Alfred Arnold Cocozza 31 Jan 1921 Pennsylvania > Died 7 Oct 1959 (aged 38) Italy, heart attack > Other: Opera Singer > Spouse: Betty Hicks (1945-59, his death > Children 4. His wife died 5 months later of a drug overdose. Notable films~ That Midnight Kiss; The Great Caruso; The Student Prince; The Toast of New Orleans; Serenade; Because You're Mine; Seven Hills of Rome; For the First Time.