With his voice, the Italian actor gave life to the penguin of the children’s series during the first seasons.
He passed away from old age. Carlo Bonomi, an Italian dubbing actor, died on August 6 at the age of 87, according to the information given by the media in his country of origin. Especially known in Milan, the city where he was born in 1937, this actor and his voice have marked the childhood of many thanks to his participation in the animated series ‘Pingu’.
Carlo died last Saturday, August 6 in the afternoon, although the causes of death have not yet been released.
Unfortunately, no family member or a close friend has spoken anything regarding Carlo Bonomi’s funeral details on the media.
Creator of the ‘pinguish’ and unforgettable voice in Italy
In the stop-motion penguin series aimed at children, Bonomi gave voice to the characters for the first four seasons and also invented the unique language in which they communicate: Pinguish. Without any type of script, the actor used a language inspired by the abstract communication used by Italian and French clowns, according to the DrCommodore media, which allowed it to be understood outside its borders. Later, the actors David Sant and Marcello Magni would take over from Bonomi in the series, when it passed into the hands of the British production company Hit Entertainment, which bought the animation rights in 2004.
His voice has been one of the best known in Italy, thanks to his participation in other animated series, such as ‘ La Linea ‘ (broadcast between 1971 and 1986), a program created by the animator Osvaldo Cavandoli and starring a line that becomes a character who faces various obstacles and in which he began to experiment with the onomatopoeias that he would later use in ‘Pingu’. Before that, he participated in the advertising sketch program ‘Carosello’, which was broadcast between 1957 and 1977. He was also the Italian voice of characters such as Calimero el pollito ( ‘Calimero, the little black chicken’), Rigodón (‘The return to the world of Willy Fog’), and Pedro Flintstone.
In his native Milan, his voice is especially recognized for sounding in the announcements of the Central Train Station for more than two decades, between 1985 and 2008, and also of the Florence Santa Maria Novella Station. He is also remembered in Italy for his numerous advertising appearances for him, giving voice to brands such as Ferrero or Findus.
As of 2022, Carlo Bonomi’s net worth is $1.5 million at the time of his death.