Gianni Cajafa played supporting roles on stage, television, and in feature films for over 60 years. During the course of his career, he worked with some of Europe's biggest stars, including Anna Magnani, Josephine Baker, and Toto. Before making his professional debut in a variety revue opposite Baker, Cajafa was one of the first to graduate from Rome's Academy of Dramatic Art in 1935. In 1952, Cajafa performed with Buster Keaton's stage tour. His film appearances date from the '50s and end with a small role in Mario Martone's L'Amore Molesto (1995). He was to appear in another Martone film, but Cajafa suffered a stroke and was unable to read. Cajafa died of an embolism on April 19, 1997, at the age of 82.