ROME (AP) -- When Woody Allen or Jerry Lewis spoke on screen, Italian moviegoers heard the voice of Oreste Lionello.
He was an entertainer and film dubber who was Italy's "voice" of Allen, Lewis and other film stars.
Oreste Lionello was 81. A friend says he died today after a long illness.
Lionello would sometimes answer his phone with the words, "I am the voice of Woody Allen." His dubbing captured the neuroses and sarcastic tones in Allen's voice.
Lionello also dubbed the voices of comic actors Peter Sellers and Marty Feldman, as well as Charlie Chaplin in "The Great Dictator."
The city of Rome is holding a wake for Lionello in City Hall, starting tonight. A funeral is set for Saturday.
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