The history of Allen Rizzi’s family always amazes me.


Years ago, I was asked to write a piece for my father’s internet page at as he was once an actor and the page needed a photo and a short biography. I thoughtfully supplied the only “head shot” photo (autographed to his mother ) I had from my father’s acting days in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s along with the following biography:

Gene Rizzi was born Eugenio Valentino Rizzi on April 1, 1913, in the tiny village of Tret, Austria (now Italy), near the Italian Alps. His father died seven months earlier after returning to Austria from the United States. Gene’s mother, Anna Maria Flor, raised him and his three siblings by herself and eventually moved the family back to Rock Springs, Wyoming, where the Rizzi family had originally had sheep ranching interests. Traveling to and from Europe many times as a youth, Gene settled in Vienna, Austria…

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