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Carlo Sabatini
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Sabatini in 1990
Born (1932-04-07)7 April 1932
Rome, Italy
Died 10 April 2020(2020-04-10) (aged 88)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor, voice actor
Years active 1954–2020
Children Gabriele Sabatini

Carlo Sabatini (7 April 1932 – 10 April 2020) was an Italian actor and voice actor.


Born in Rome, Sabatini began his career on film and television during the 1950s but he is perhaps best known as a voice actor. The many actors he dubbed included Ian McKellen, Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Harvey Keitel, Bruce Lee, Kris Kristofferson, Alain Delon, Paul Newman, John Mahoney, Robert Duvall, Leonard Nimoy, and Marlon Brando.

In Sabatini’s character dubbing roles, he famously dubbed over the voice of Magneto (portrayed by Ian McKellen) in the X-Men film franchise as well as Morgan Freeman’s role as "Red" in the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption. On television, Sabatini dubbed Josiah Bartlet (portrayed by Martin Sheen) in The West Wing and Philip Banks (portrayed by James Avery) in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In Sabatini’s animated roles, he voiced Chilkoot in the Italian dub of Brother Bear 2.

In 2003, he acted in the mini-series Soraya [it], directed by Lodovico Gasparini.

Personal life

Sabatini was the father of voice actor Gabriele Sabatini.


Sabatini died in Rome on 10 April 2020 just three days after his 88th birthday.



  • Senso (1954)
  • Il lavoro (1962)
  • Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)
  • Strangled Lives (1996)
  • Giovanni Paolo II (2005)
  • The Omen (2006)


  • La gatta (1978)
  • Il sottoscritto Giuseppe Donati all'alta corte di giustizia (1983) - TV Film
  • Una fredda mattina di maggio (1990) - TV Film
  • Soraya [it] (2003)

Dubbing roles


Live action

  • Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men
  • Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X2
  • Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in The Wolverine
  • Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Will Gates in Restoration
  • Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding in The Shawshank Redemption
  • Lee in Enter the Dragon
  • Jacob Fuller in From Dusk till Dawn
  • Senator Roark in Sin City
  • Senator Roark in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • David in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  • John Burnett in Dance with Me
  • Ken Murphy in He's Just Not That Into You
  • Josiah Bartlet in The West Wing
  • Philip Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Willard Kraft in Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Robert Koesler in The Rosary Murders
  • Douglas Thomas in The Art of War
  • Ed Gentry in Deliverance
  • Principal Dimly in Bratz
  • Francis Tierney Sr. in Pride and Glory
  • Earl Macklin in The Outfit
  • Roger Prynne in The Scarlet Letter
  • Dixon Doss in The Gingerbread Man
  • Captain Koons in Pulp Fiction
  • Hickey in Last Man Standing
  • Thomas Highway in Heartbreak Ridge
  • Tommy Nowak in Pink Cadillac
  • Jim Court in Say Anything...
  • Al in The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Poppy Burns in Dan in Real Life
  • Sven Sorenson in Free Money
  • Harry Ross in Twilight
  • Lord Percival Graves in King Ralph
  • James Graham in Rob Roy
  • Matt Johnson in Big Wednesday
  • Bubba Wilkes in The Undefeated
  • Prince Tancredi Falconeri in The Leopard
  • Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Bollingsworth in Chain of Fools
  • Dan August in Dan August
  • Norman Dale in Hoosiers
  • Reginald in Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • Donald Shellhammer in Miracle on 34th Street
  • Polonius in Hamlet
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