Paolo Villaggio

Paolo Villaggio

Highest Rated: 57% Ciao, Professore! (1993)

Lowest Rated: 57% Ciao, Professore! (1993)

Birthday: Dec 30, 1932

Birthplace: Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Paolo Villaggio was one of the most beloved comedic talents in Italian history. As an actor, writer, director, and comedian, Villaggio created characters beloved for their eccentricities, including the overbearing Professor Krantz, the shy Giandomenico Fraccha, and most famously, the grotesquely servile accountant Ugo Fantozzi. Village also found time to author books, and act in dramatic roles. Born in Genoa, Italy on December 30, 1932, Villaggio's family expected him to become a lawyer, but he dropped out of law school before he could earn his degree. He worked a number of odd jobs after leaving university, including as a clerk at a steel company, where he first dreamt up the character of Ugo Fantozzi. His comedic chops impressed the TV host Maurizio Costanzo, who helped Villaggio secure a spot with a cabaret in Rome. Before long, he was hired by the TV show "Quelli della domenica (Those Guys of Sunday)" to perform his characters on the air. Villaggio's appearances were a hit, and lead to him securing writing gigs with the magazines L'Espresso and L'Europeo, where he contributed hilarious short stories about his beleaguered accountant Ugo Fantozzi, which were eventually collected into a tome by Rizzoli Publishing House, and released under the title "Fantozzi" in 1971. The book was a massive hit, selling over a million copies and receiving the prestigious Gogol Prize in Moscow. In 1975, the book was turned into a film by director Luciano Salce. It too was a hit, and lead to a sequel the following year, entitled "il second tragico Fantozzi" (1976). Villagio would keep writing throughout the 80s, and by the nineties, he was also appearing in films by some of the world's most renowned directors, including Federico Fellini's final film, "La voce della luna" (1990), Lina Wertmüller's "lo speriamio che me la cavo" (1992), and Ermanno Olmi's "The Secret of the Old Woods" (1993). On July 3, 2017, Paolo Villaggio died in Rome, from complications due to diabetes. He was 84 years old.

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No Score Yet 33% The 1000-Euro Generation Il Professore (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 44% A Stroke of Luck Renato (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Renzo e Lucia Don Abbondio (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heidi Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snowball Billy Bolla (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Don't Speak English Sergio Colombo (Character) - 1995
57% 77% Ciao, Professore! Marco Sperelli (Character) $63K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of the Old Woods Col. Procolo (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 61% The Voice of the Moon Gonnella (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missione Eroica Paolo Casalotti (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sogni mostruosamente proibiti Paolo Coniglio (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Are You Going on Holiday? Arturo (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quelle strane occasioni Giobatta (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi 2 Ragionier Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 100% Fantozzi Rag. Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mazurka del barone, della santa e del fico fiorone Checco Biancone (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet To My Dear Mother on Her Birthday Fernando (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution? Don Albino Moncalieri (Character) - 1972

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