Massimo Troisi

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
One of Italy's best-loved performers, Troisi (pronounced Troy-EE-zee) had worked his way through the cabaret circuit and TV in the 1970s to emerge as a top comedic performer in films. He was born outside of Naples ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1953 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (11)

Il Postino 1995 (Movie)

Mario Ruoppolo (Actor)

There's Nothing Left to Do But Cry 1992 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

I Thought It Was Love 1990 (Movie)

Tommaso (Actor)

The Voyage of Captain Fracassa 1990 (Movie)

Pulcinella (Actor)

What Time Is It? 1989 (Movie)

Michele (Actor)

Splendor 1988 (Movie)

Luigi (Actor)

Hotel Colonial 1987 (Movie)

Werner (Actor)

Le Vie del Signore Sono Finite 1987 (Movie)

Camillo (Actor)

No Grazie, Il Caffe' Mi Rende Nervoso 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scusate Il Ritardo 1981 (Movie)

Vincenzo (Actor)

Back to Square Three 1980 (Movie)

Gaetano (Actor)
Writer (8)

Il Postino 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

There's Nothing Left to Do But Cry 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I Thought It Was Love 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Vie del Signore Sono Finite 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

No Grazie, Il Caffe' Mi Rende Nervoso 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scusate Il Ritardo 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scusate Il Ritardo 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Back to Square Three 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (5)

There's Nothing Left to Do But Cry 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

I Thought It Was Love 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Vie del Signore Sono Finite 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Scusate Il Ritardo 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Back to Square Three 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

One of Italy's best-loved performers, Troisi (pronounced Troy-EE-zee) had worked his way through the cabaret circuit and TV in the 1970s to emerge as a top comedic performer in films. He was born outside of Naples, Italy to a large family and began performing as a teenager in local theater productions. At age 14, he suffered a bout of rheumatic fever which left him with a weakened heart, yet he went on to become one of the founders of the comedy trio La Smorfia/The Grimace. They were immediately successful and made numerous appearances on Italian TV. Troisi worked at perfecting a comic style that was delicate and more melancholic than the typical gag-based, vulgar humor popular in 1980s Italy.

Relationships

Family
had 11 siblings all survived him

Father
survived him

Clarissa Burt

Companion

Nathaly Caldonazzo

Companion
together from c. 1992 until Troisi's death born c. 1971 survived him

Anna Pavignano

Companion

Milestones

1995

Received posthumous Oscar nomination for Best Actor for "The Postman (Il Postino)"

1994

Made final film "The Postman (Il Postino)"; died in his sleep twelve hours after completing the film

1993

Had heart surgery in Houston, TX; doctors had recommended a heart transplant

1981

First feature as actor and director "Ricomincio da Tre"

1964

Developed rhuematic fever when he was 14 which left him with a weakened heart

Formed production company Esterno Mediterraneo with Gaetano Daniele

Performed in cabarets as part of comedy trio La Smorfia

Bonus Trivia

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VARIETY obit refers to 11 siblings; press information for "The Postman (Il Postino)" refers to five siblings.

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