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Movie Star Mystery Photo

September 4, 2009 |  9:00 am

Aug. 31, 2009, Mystery Photo
 Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Renzo Cesana in a publicity photo for "The Continental" radio show, Feb. 5, 1951.

Update: Don't be afraid, darling. It's only Renzo Cesana!

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures; sometimes it's difficult to choose. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day.

I have to approve all comments, so if your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again.)

If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: LeRoy Prinz!


Sept. 1, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update, Renzo Cesana, Jan. 28, 1952.

Here's another picture of our elegant mystery guest. Please congratulate Mike Hawks, Herb Nichols, Laura fan Waldo Lydecker (who even quoted some dialogue!) and Richard Heft for identifying him!

Sept. 2, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Renzo Cesana with Ingrid Bergman in Roberto Rossellini's "Stromboli." Cesana was hired as a writer for the film, then pressed into service as a dialogue coach and finally was cast as a priest.

Here's our mystery guest with a (not very) mysterious companion. Please congratulate Flo Myers and Dewey Webb for identifying him! 

Sept. 3, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Renzo Cesana, March 20, 1952.

Here's another photo of our mystery guest, with the background painted out by The Times' art department. That's some outfit, eh?

Please congratulate Megan, Earl Boebert, "Dr. Fudd,"  Diane Ely, D Celle, Nick Santa Maria, Allison Berntsen, Rogét-L.A. and Mary Mallory for identifying him!  

Sept. 4, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Renzo Cesana, Sept. 21, 1961. Please congratulate Barry O'Brien for identifying him!