Franco Fabrizi

Actor
If Cary Grant or George Clooney were supporting actors in 1950s Italy, they would be a lot like Franco Fabrizi. Originally trained as a song-and-dance man, the suave, smoldering Fabrizi transitioned into screen acting ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1926 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (30)

The Little Devil 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ginger et Fred 1986 (Movie)

Television Program Host (Actor)

Aurora 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Giovanni Senzapensieri 1985 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

L' Affaire Suisse 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

L' Agression 1973 (Movie)

Garage Man (Actor)

Don't Touch the White Woman! 1972 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

La Polizia Ringrazia 1971 (Movie)

Criminal (Actor)

The Italian Connection 1971 (Movie)

Enrico (Actor)

Padella Calibro 38 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

L' Homme Orchestre 1969 (Movie)

Friend (Actor)

Le Castagne Sone Buone 1969 (Movie)

Mr Bernardi (Actor)

Madigan's Millions 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anyone Can Play 1968 (Movie)

Sandro--Luisa's Lover (Actor)

The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians 1966 (Movie)

Lino Benedetti (Actor)

The Viscount 1966 (Movie)

Ramon (Actor)

I Complessi 1965 (Movie)

["Guglielmo Il Dentone"] (Actor)

Le Amiche 1962 (Movie)

Cesare Pedoni--Architect (Actor)

Duel of Champions 1961 (Movie)

Curiazio (Actor)

Il Bidone 1961 (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

The Wastrel 1960 (Movie)

Rudi (Actor)

The Nights of Lucretia Borgia 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

An Ugly Mess 1958 (Movie)

Valdarena (Actor)

The Moralist 1958 (Movie)

Giovanni (Actor)

Calabuch 1955 (Movie)

Langosta (Actor)

I Vitelloni 1955 (Movie)

Fausto (Actor)

Woman of Rome 1955 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

Bang Bang (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

If Cary Grant or George Clooney were supporting actors in 1950s Italy, they would be a lot like Franco Fabrizi. Originally trained as a song-and-dance man, the suave, smoldering Fabrizi transitioned into screen acting as a prominent figure in "fotoromanzas," a sort of early, still-photo form of soap opera which appeared first in magazines and then in cinemas. Shortly after making his feature film debut with a bit part in the stirring crime-drama romance "Story of a Love Affair" (which also marked the famed director Michelangelo Antonioni's start), he was cast as one of the leads in Frederico Fellini's pivotal, semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale, "I Vitelloni" (1953). The persona he created in that film-that of a scheming, insatiable skirt chaser-followed him not only into his subsequent Fellini-helmed performance as a small-town con man in the picturesque drama "The Swindle" ('55) but throughout the rest of his career and into his personal life. Romantically linked to dozens of Italian starlets via the glossy pages of gossip magazines, he appeared in nearly 125 films and television series over the course of four decades, almost always as a lascivious lady killers and materialistic cads. In 1995, he died of cancer at the age of 79.

Milestones

1961

Starred in Fellini's "I Vitelloni"

1952

Film acting debut

1947

First role on stage as a variety review actor

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