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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.

Highest rated movies

57% Ciao, Professore!

Photos

WHAT AM I DOING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REVOLUTION?, (aka CHE C'ENTRIAMO NOI CON LA RIVOLUZIONE?), from left: Paolo Villaggio, Vittorio Gassman, 1972 WHAT AM I DOING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REVOLUTION?, (aka CHE C'ENTRIAMO NOI CON LA RIVOLUZIONE?), Paolo Villaggio, 1972 WHAT AM I DOING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE REVOLUTION?, (aka CHE C'ENTRIAMO NOI CON LA RIVOLUZIONE?), from left: Paolo Villaggio, Vittorio Gassman, 1972 CIAO, PROFESSORE! (aka IO SPERIAMO CHE ME LA CAVO), Paolo Villaggio, (center), director Lina Wertmuller, (right), 1992, ©Miramax CIAO, PROFESSORE! (aka IO SPERIAMO CHE ME LA CAVO), Carmela Pecoraro (2nd from l.), Pier Francesco Borruto, Paolo Villaggio, Luigi Lastorina, Adriano Pantaleo, 1992, (c)Miramax CIAO, PROFESSORE! (aka IO SPERIAMO CHE ME LA CAVO), Paolo Villaggio, Maria Esposito, 1992, (c)Miramax CIAO, PROFESSORE! (aka IO SPERIAMO CHE ME LA CAVO), Paolo Villaggio (center), (l-r): Luigi Lastorina, Carmela Pecoraro, Pier Francesco Borruto, Adriano Pantaleo, 1992, (c)Miramax CIAO, PROFESSORE! (aka IO SPERIAMO CHE ME LA CAVO), Paolo Villaggio (wearing black in back), 1992, (c)Miramax

Filmography

Movies

Credit
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 InvaXön: Alieni in Liguria Self - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heidi Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi: Il ritorno Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1996
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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Camerieri Loris Bianchi (Character) - 1994
57% 76% Ciao, Professore! Marco Sperelli (Character) $63.0K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of the Old Woods Col. Procolo (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi in Paradiso Ugo Fantozzi (Character),
Writer
- 1993
No Score Yet 61% The Voice of the Moon Gonnella (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi alla riscossa Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le comiche Paolo (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ho vinto la lotteria di capodanno Paolo Ciottoli (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi va in pensione Ugo Fantozzi (Character),
Writer
- 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missione eroica: I pompieri 2 Paolo Casalotti (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missione Eroica Paolo Casalotti (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rimini Rimini Ermenegildo 'Gildo' Morelli (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scuola di ladri: Parte seconda Dalmazio (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scuola di ladri Dalmazio Siraghi (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Superfantozzi Ugo Fantozzi (Character),
Writer
- 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grandi magazzini The Robot (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet I pompieri Paolo Casalotti (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fracchia contro Dracula Giandomenico Fracchia (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sogni mostruosamente proibiti Paolo Coniglio (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi subisce ancora Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fracchia, la belva umana Fracchia (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 62% Fantozzi Against the Wind Ugo Fantozzi (Character),
Director
- 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Are You Going on Holiday? Arturo (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tre tigri contro tre tigri avvocato Scorza (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantozzi 2 Ragionier Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quelle strane occasioni Giobatta (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Robinson Robi (Character),
Writer
- 1976
No Score Yet 92% Fantozzi Rag. Ugo Fantozzi (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet La 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 Cake in the Sky Commander (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto Agostino Antoniucci (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution? Don Albino Moncalieri (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brancaleone alle crociate Thorz (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Il terribile ispettore Paolo de Angelis (Character) - 1969