Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1921-08-15
78 Movies · 1 TV Series
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Having graduated from the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico in Rome, he made his stage debut in 1942 in the Carli-Racca company. From 1945, he began his collaboration with the Italian public broadcaster, RAI, often together with Luciano Salce, creating magazine and variety programs. Arriving in 1948 at the Piccolo theatre in Milan, where under the direction of Giorgio Strehler he took part in William Shakespeare's The Tempest. At the beginning of 1950, he was cast alongside Alberto Bonucci and Gianni Cajafa for the Neapolitan Carosello musical theatrical work, directed by Ettore Giannini. A versatile interpreter, in 1950 he founded, with Bonucci and Franca Valeri the Teatro dei Gobbi, which proposed a subtly satirical type of show. In 1960, he married Valeri with whom he presented plays. They divorced in 1974. He appeared in cinema as a character actor and made his directorial debut in 1961 with Lions In the Sun, which was later selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved.He followed this with Paris, My Love and then a segment of I cuori infranti which was shown as part of a retrospective on Italian comedy at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. The Splendors and Miseries of Madame Royale in 1970 was generally considered to be his best film.He continued to appear on stage in between his films and was occasionally tempted by television, where he began his career in 1959, but he never really loved the small screen ("I suffer more than anything because of the absence of the public, which I consider an integral and irreplaceable part of the show in which I participate"). In the Sixties he acted in Village Wooing, directed by Antonello Falqui, and in 1972 he let himself be tempted by a television variety show, which he wrote and interpreted, Una Serata con Vittorio Caprioli. In his last years he returned to theater interpreting, among others, Don Marzio in Carlo Goldoni's Bottega del caffè, The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon paired with Mario Carotenuto, and Capocomico in Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. During the rehearsals of a interpretation of Napoli Milionaria, he died suddenly at the age of 68, in a room of one of the famous hotels on the promenade of Naples, struck down by a heart attack.
Movies & TV Series
The adventures of a couple of scoundrels in the Spain of the 16th century.
Stuff for the Rich
3 episodes set in Monte Carlo. In the first one a priest is compelled to become the lover of a princess. In the second, a con woman tries to cheat an insurance man. In the third, a man has to deal wit...
Love & Passion
An unfaithful couple returns to each other after having renewed flings with their previous lovers.
2 Movies · 1 TV Series
In this contemporary retelling of the Cinderella story, a feisty 18-year-old Italian-American New Yorker named Cindy is sent off to Rome with her irascible stepmother and vain stepsisters. On the way,...
Uno scandalo perbene
Based on a real-life mystery in the newspapers after World War I, this conventional, straightforward story is about a poorly-dressed man who is brought into the police station in Turin for stealing fl...
An Italian laborer foils anyone who tries to stop him from selling espresso on the Milan-to-Naples night train.
Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man
The son of the owner of a large Italian cheese factory is kidnapped, but as the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy the owner hatches a plan to use the ransom money as reinvestment in the factory.
Crime Comedy starring Walter Chiari, Maurizio Arena and Ettore Manni. Directed by Luciano Ercoli in 1977, but shelved when producer Niccolo De Nora was kidnapped... ironically the theme of the movie. ...
Adventure comedy directed by Bruno Corbucci.
Blood and Diamonds
A man is arrested and condemned to five years in jail for robbery. After serving his term, he is out for revenge on the gang members he considers were to blame for his arrest. The prize for this deadl...
Latin Male Wanted
t Happened in Naples . - A tourist, duped by Carmine thinks of buying a fourteen year old virgin and is sold at a homosexual. Tonight or Never - The rich ing. Bislecchi , rejected by Gigia maintained ...
The Wing or The Thigh?
Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against fast food entrepreneur Tri- catel to save the French art of cooking. After having agreed to a...
Rulers of the City
Tony, a mob loan collector, is dissatisfied with his station in life. Though he dreams of one day being rich, he is stuck with the dead-end job of beating up borrowers who fall behind in their payment...
Giorgia and her sister inherit a villa and decide to turn it into a pension. When the sister orders the advertising, the brochure, together with the name, Pension Paradise, leads people to believe it ...
Sicilian baron, Mimì Galluzzo, will be able to enjoy the legacy of his deceased father-in-law on two conditions: that his wife accepts the will and that there is a compromising document to be delivere...
Vieni, vieni amore mio
Leopoldo Lalumera, grandson of a wealthy eighty-four-year-old baron, infuriated during a galactic convention with a prosaic maid, discovers, on the eve of the wedding with his cousin Mariantonia, that...
Catherine & Co.
An enterprising young Paris based British prostitute decides to incorporate as an official escort business after learning about corporate practices and business ins and outs from her clients. Searchin...
After his son is kidnapped, a millionaire industrialist (James Mason) seeks revenge, in spite of the potential danger that his rash actions will bring about for his child and another kidnapped boy, th...
The School Teacher
Edwige Fenech plays the sexy private teacher of Franco (Alfredo Pea) who immediately falls madly in love with her. Franco tries and tries to seduce her by faking his own suicide.
Directed by Roberto Rossellini (his final film). Rossellini takes numerous liberties with the original source material, rearranging and omitting events at will, presenting everything in a low-key, hig...
Shoot First, Die Later
Luc Merenda gives the performance of his career as a highly regarded police detective who is taking syndicate money in exchange for departmental favors. His father, a simple man, also works for the de...
Rodolfo Persichetti has reached the maximum of his career and at the same time the minimum of his sexual capacities. A famous psychiatrist helps him in regaining his lost virility by mean of a new the...
Innocence and Desire
A young man is temporarily home from a Seminary, but eventually falls in love with his father's young new wife.
The fellows of Attardi's clan were killed in a bomb attack in a cinema in Palermo. He knows that the author of the bomb attack is a member of the Don Corrasco's clan. Cocchi is determined to avenge so...
The Magnificent One
A writer of pulp fiction imagines himself as the dashing hero and his English neighbor as his love interest.
Società a responsabilità molto limitata
Legendary director Sergio Martino takes the helm for this sexploitation classic concerning the scandal that erupts when the panicked head of a high-profile cheese production company hires a beautiful ...
The Sensual Man
From his youth, Paolo Castorini, a Sicilian baron, is as attracted to women as they to him. Giovanna, a servant girl, Lillian, a serious girlfriend in Rome, a hostess at a post-war party, Paolo makes ...
La colonna infame
Historical drama, based upon the novel by Alessandro Manzoni.
Poppea: A Prostitute in Service of the Emperor
Hector the Mighty
Flim also known as: Ettore lo fusto. A creative take of the Greek myth of Helen of Troy. An Edmondo Amati film directed by Enzo G. Castellari.
Even if I wanted to work, what do I do?
Four young people named Riccetto, Girasole, Lallo and Tombarolo try to make money by stealing what they find in the tombs of the rich buried. They often find themselves in trouble…
When Women Were Called Virgins
The film When women were called Madonna was directed by Aldo Grimaldi. The film is one of the first Italian erotic comedies in which Edwige Fenech struggles with the nagging demands of three suitors.
Tout Va Bien
A strike at a French sausage factory contributes to the estrangement of a married filmmaker and his reporter wife.
Trastevere is a 1971 Italian comedy film. This is the first and only film directed by actor and screenwriter Fausto Tozzi. The film was heavily cut by producer Alberto Grimaldi, who cut off the roles ...
The Story of Romance and Knife
The story of fish-monger Nino of Rione Borgo. Nino is in love with Rosa but he always manages to postpone their wedding.
When Men Carried Clubs and Women Played Ding-Dong
Prehistoric cave-stud Ari wins lovely virgin Listra in a pig-catching contest, but their attempts at "Ding-Dong" keep getting interrupted by idiot battles between his tribe, The Cave Dwellers, and the...
Nino Manfredi is a police captain, giving an onlooker's point-of-view towards the decadent society folk. Party itself features a down & out baron, who dances with the party's glamorous hostess Vir...
An ex-prostitute, feeling an emptiness in her life, decides to fill it by buying a car.
Nel giorno del signore
Splendori e miserie di Madame Royale
A gay man who is trying to protect his wayward ward runs afoul of criminals.
Le Mans, Shortcut to Hell
Young racing driver Dustin Rich falls under the wing of former champion John Lee Scott who takes it upon himself to coach the young man.
Listen, Let's Make Love
When his father dies, young lad travels to Milan to attend the funeral and decides to follow in his father's footsteps as a gigolo. He is successful at finding rich women to prey on, but finds himself...
A sexy widow discovers her late husband was unfaithful to her. She decided to use the same apartment as a place to explore her sexuality.
Anyone Can Play
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Ischia operazione amore
Gennaro runs a small boarding house in Ischia, the beautiful island in the gulf of Naples. Each member of his family is involved: his wife cooks, his daughter has a small boutique and his married son ...
Adultery Italian Style
To get her husband more interested in her, the wife invents a lover. The husband will collect every hint trying to figure out who is the lover.
Me, Me, Me... and the Others
Sandro is a well-known journalist and he is conducting a survey on human selfishness. Every man and every woman he meets turns into a theme for his inquiry. Even his own wife, Titta.
How I Learned to Love Women
An erotic comedy about the many affairs of a young man with different women.
Woman Is a Wonderful Thing
Italian episode movie
Commedia all'italiana consisting of a series of brief comic sketches based on manias, mainly sexual, featuring several figures of Italian society.
In 17th-century Rome, a young man in a choir of castrati falls for the beautiful wife of a powerful aristocrat.
Paris, My Love
Parigi O Cara is probably the most camp in the history of Italian cinema, certainly a favourite with the GLBT community who quote its lines by heart. Unique as it's the only film where Franca Valeri (...
His Days Are Numbered
A middle-aged plumber quits his job and questions his life after seeing somebody his own age suddenly die from a heart attack on his way to work.
Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War. Juliette and Liliane are inseparable best friends, and aspiring...
General Della Rovere
The Gestapo forces con man Victorio Bardone (Vittorio De Sica) to impersonate a dead partisan general in order to extract information from his fellow inmates.
You're on Your Own
In post war Italy during the fifties it is very difficult to find a house to rent and a family ends up living in a former brothel.
A cook turns to theft so she and her lover can marry.