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Paolo Villaggio

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Years active  1956-present
Siblings  Piero Villaggio
Spouse  Maura Albites (m. 1958)
Role  Actor
Name  Paolo Villaggio

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Born  December 30, 1932 (1932-12-30) Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Occupation  Actor, writer, comedian
Political party  Proletarian Democracy (1987)Pannella List (1992-1999)
Relatives  Piero Villaggio (brother)
Children  Pierfrancesco Villaggio, Elisabetta Villaggio
Parents  Maria Villaggio, Ettore Villaggio
Movies  Fantozzi, The Second Tragic Fa, Fantozzi Against the Wind, Fantozzi Strikes Back, Fracchia la belva umana
Similar People  Plinio Fernando, Anna Mazzamauro, Gigi Reder, Neri Parenti, Lino Banfi

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Paolo Villaggio ([ˈpaːolo vilˈladdʒo]; 30 December 1932 – 3 July 2017) was an Italian actor, voice actor, writer, director and comedian. He is noted for the characters he created with paradoxical and grotesque characteristics: Professor Kranz, the ultra-timid Giandomenico Fracchia, and the obsequious and meek accountant Ugo Fantozzi, perhaps the favourite character in Italian comedy. He authored several books, usually of satirical character. He also acted in dramatic roles, and appeared in several movies.


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Early life

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Paolo Villaggio was born in Genoa, to Ettore Villaggio (1905–1992), a surveyor originally from Palermo, and Maria, originally from Venice, a German-language teacher. Paolo had a twin brother, Piero, who taught at the University of Pisa.

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Villaggio went to high school at Liceo ginnasio Andrea Doria, then started studying Law at the university, but never completed his degree. His jobs included being a clerk for the Italsider steel works, which inspired his character Ugo Fantozzi. Maurizio Costanzo discovered his artistic potential and, in 1967, he advised Villaggio to play in a cabaret in Rome.

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From there, Villaggio was hired for the TV programme Quelli della domenica (The Sunday guys), in which Fantozzi made his first appearance, introduced his characters, the aggressive "Professor Kranz" and the hypocritical "Giandomenico Fracchia".


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He has received several cinema awards, including the David di Donatello (1990), the Nastro d'Argento (1992) and the Golden Lion for his entire career (1992).


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After his television experience, Villaggio started writing, for the magazines L'Espresso and L'Europeo, short stories featuring accountant Ugo Fantozzi, a man with a weak character, dogged by misfortune and by the "mega-director" of the "mega-company" where he works. In 1971, the publishing house Rizzoli released the book Fantozzi, a collection of these stories, which sold over a million copies. The first book received the Gogol Prize in Moscow and led to his 1975 appearance in the film Fantozzi, directed by Luciano Salce. The film's success led to a sequel, Il secondo tragico Fantozzi, with the same director in the following year, in which Fantozzi delivered his most famous line: "Per me ... La Corazzata Kotiomkin [sic] ... è una cagata pazzesca", or roughly "For me The Battleship Kotemkin [sic] is an unbelievable load of crap".

Other films

Villaggio has played in numerous comedies. He has been directed by Federico Fellini (La voce della luna, 1990), with Roberto Benigni), Lina Wertmüller (Io speriamo che me la cavo, 1992), by Ermanno Olmi (The Secret of the Old Woods, 1993), by Mario Monicelli (Cari fottutissimi amici, 1994), and by Gabriele Salvatores (Denti, 2000).

Villaggio continued writing while acting in films. He moved to the Mondadori publishing house in 1994. He published Fantozzi saluta e se ne va (1994–1995; "Fantozzi Says Goodbye and Leaves"), Vita morte e miracoli di un pezzo di merda ("Life, Death and Miracles of a Piece of Shit", 2002), 7 grammi in 70 anni ("7 Grammes in 70 Years", 2003) and his latest, Sono incazzato come una belva ("I'm Fucking Mad as a Beast") in 2004.

He also acted in stage plays, playing Arpagone in L'Avare of Molière in 1996. In 1996 he also led the satirical news bulletin Striscia la notizia (broadcast on Canale 5), together with Massimo Boldi. More recently, he participated in the television fiction Carabinieri, in which he played the role of a tramp who often helped the police to solve crimes. Villaggio was also a lyricist. With fellow Genoan Fabrizio De André, he wrote two songs, "Carlo Martello torna dalla battaglia di Poitiers" ("Charles Martel returning from the Battle of Poitiers") and "Il fannullone" ("The Loafer").


Villaggio died on 3 July 2017 from complications of diabetes in Rome at the age of 84.


  • Avaro, directed by Giorgio Strehler (1996)
  • Delirio di un povero vecchio (2000–2001)
  • Vita, morte e miracoli (also directed)(2005–2008)
  • Serata d'addio, directed by Andrea Buscemi (2007–2008)
  • Il profumo delle lucciole (also directed)(2009–2011)
  • A ruota libera (also directed)(2010–2011)
  • La Corazzata Potëmkin (2012)
  • Awards

  • David di Donatello for Best Actor The Voice of the Moon (1990)
  • Golden Lion Honorary Award (1992)
  • Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor, The Secret of the Old Woods (1994)
  • Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic from Presidency of the Ministry Council (2 June 1995)
  • Leopard of Honour (2000)
  • Honorary David di Donatello Award (2009)
  • Premio Grock from Città di Imperia (2011)
  • References

    Paolo Villaggio Wikipedia