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Alighiero Noschese

Naples, 25 November 1932 –Rome, 3 December 1979



Alighiero Noschese was the son of a customs officer at the criminal litigation of the Tyrrhenian Sea and a Professor, his grandmother was of German nationality. Alighiero was born at Vomero middle-class neighborhood of Naples, where he spent his childhood distinguished you as a child to the ability to imitate animal sounds and voice of the landlord. Destined by his father to the legal profession, he undertook the study of law, but being passionate about theatre and having left political ideas became Secretary of the Communist Youth Federation of Naples. It is said that Naik had supported oral exams in philosophy and law with Amedeo Nazzari's voice at the first examination, and Toto per second. Smooth without arousing any suspicion the riotous filò initiative. After his career as a journalist but no luck, was hired as a trainee in giornale radio Rai then directed by Vittorio Veltroni. The early fifties to sixty was already present in radio plays and imagination within the society of prose di Roma della Rai, alternating the specific activity of actor to copycat. Garinei and Giovannini the entrusted the radio show "treasure hunt" and, from 1953, he climbed on stage half Italy with Billi and Shore, working with Dash Of Mario Riva's lifelong companion, actress.

In subsequent years, will star in the theatre in the company of actors Tino Scotti and Nuto Navarrini, alternating theatrical successes to those radio stations. Was featured in the cast of the first television drama broadcast in 1954, Dr. Antonio, and later appeared as a guest on several broadcasts. In the mid-1960s he starred in two shows of Garinei and Giovannini: Scanzonatissima and the voice of the mastersIn these two shows he experienced for the first time the imitation of political figures but, paradoxically, seemed not to arouse irritation or discontent among politicians imitated. Indeed, these seemed glad for the effect of high visibility that was creating thanks to Naik. Consecration to foreground character of the show took place in 1969 thanks to participation in the Saturday night tv variety show two pair: on that occasion Alighiero Noschese succeeded in obtaining permission to imitate political figures on television, something hitherto forbidden, did not obtain the consent of the future President of the Italian Republic Giovanni Leone, who had been his teacher in the Faculty of law, University of Naples, who encouraged Naik to continue in this direction.Since then, according to the same Naik, it seems that many characters of culture and entertainment asked Naik to imitate them in order to acquire greater visibility. Paradoxically be imitated by Naik became synonymous with the highest reputation. Naik continue his distinguished career with an edition of Canzonissima, presented by Corrado e Raffaella Carrà as regular haunt, and later working with Gardiner in Formula twoThe author of the lyrics of Naik was screenwriter napoletano green Dino. The architect of its exceptional and exaggerated physical similarities with the characters imitated was famous makeup artist Ida Montanari. Memorable are imitations of Rai journalist Mario Pastore, who faced with a call to smenta a was lost face and wild eyes said; "Tell me it's not true" , by journalist Ra Jader Jacobelli which justified the airing of electoral tribune with the need to "spit" on the problems of our country of announcer Mariolina Cannuli. of which efantizzava sensual attitude, political and Amintore Fanfani, Alighiero imitated even journalists Paolo Cavallina, Ruggero Orlando, Titus pond. UGO Zatterin (electoral forums moderator), Mike Buongiorno, Gianni Morandi, Alberto Sordi, Ugo La Malfa, politician Marco Pannella.

It is said that the mother of Giulio Andreotti had seen on television an imitation of the son by Alighiero Noschese so well performed from unaware of fiction, so much so that his son called to reprimand him " where did you come up with to go to sing on television. " Married to Edda De Bellis, a former employee of the Parioli Theatre, had from the two sons Michael, the first-born, and Clare, a stage actress and cinematography, singer and voice actress. In 1974 his wife Edda De Bellis, decided to leave him. Divorce for Naik was a blow which caused him to have a deep depression, in the same year he breaks off relations with the Rai, the actor decided to exit the Masonic Lodge of Piazza del Gesù, which was listed since 1967 and where he had reached the Knight Kadosh level to enter the Grand Orient of Italy; during the same period went into the covered loggia P2 Licio Gelli. In the following years he participated in some shows on private television baby girls. Held in baptism Tele Piombino, worked for Telelazio, Fifth network (Italy 1), proposing some parodies of well-known fictional politics not transmitted by RAI, because rejected by the rigid censorship State broadcaster. The last television program in which he participated, But that evening hosted by Raffaella Carrà in 1978, was supposed to mark his comeback after four years of silence and his return to political satire, but aired in the days of abduction of Aldo Moro. It so happened that Naik had recorded in December 1977 the fun gang, imitating Aldo Moro, but for obvious reasons that material was not able to go on the air. The decline of Alighiero Noschese starts in December 1979 he decides to suspend testing plays with Maria Rosaria Omaggio entitled hell can wait, and had himself admitted for depression.

On the morning of 3 December 1979 Alighiero Noschese at 47 years old committed suicide by shooting himself in a gunshot to his head in the chapel of the Roman Villa Stuart clinic's Garden, where she was hospitalized. Suicide was a sensation and doubts: it was strange indeed that a sufferer of depression, moreover, admitted he had with him a Smith & Wesson 38. According to one version, Naik, for a joke he faked the phone the voice of neurologist who was treating him, calling the internist, asking him for the results of clinical trials, and so he may have learned from health care to be suffering from an incurable cancer that was intended to close the agony. Would then be released from the clinic to go home and take your gun, then returned to the clinic would be killed before the Grotto-chapel with the statue of our Lady of Lourdes. On the same day, and in the same clinic were also admitted the former Chairman of the Council of Ministers Giulio Andreotti for a gall bladder surgery and, for another surgery, the announcer Mariolina Cannuli. He was celebrated two funerals: on 5 March at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie al Triumphant in Rome and the next day at the basilica del Carmine in Piazza Mercato in Naples. His body was then buried in the cemetery of San Giorgio a Cremano, as you requested. It was aptly, Saint George during the period of depression she loved retreat in meditation at a religious institution. In the days that followed the journalist Enzo Biagi wrote an editorial in the Corriere della sera dedicated to Naik, his life, his success and to its end.


 Television Programs


1962/ High fidelity 

1964/ Singer you all 

1965/ Trial of Naik

1969-1970/ Two Pair 

1970 – 1971-1972/ Canzonissima 

1973-1974/ Formula two 

1978/ But that evening 


Radio Programs


Treasure hunt 

The crocodile


The black and Red Skittle 

The reason without mask

Catherine the great

The Nutcracker, Antonio Murri show with Alighiero Noschese 

I beat four 

Great variety

 Radio prose


1954/ The Barber of Seville

1958/ Captain Fracassa




1954/ Dr. Antonio, Rai, directed by Alberto Casella 

1962/ The two of the foreign legion, directed by Lucio Fulci 

1963/ Scanzonattissimo, Dino Verde 

1963/ Goal girls, directed by Mario Mattoli 

1965/ James Tont Operation . directed by Bruno Corbucci and Giovanni Grimaldi 

1969/ Merchants of virgins, directed by Renato Dall'Ara 

1970/ I don't run ... escape , directed by Franco Prosperi

1971/ I don't see, you don't talk, he doesn't hear, by Mario Camerini 

1971/ I do not break ... Break , directed by Bruno Corbucci 

1971/ Theft is the soul of Commerce... directed by Bruno Corbucci 

1972/ Terror with crooked eyes, directed by Steno 

1972/ Boccaccio, directed by Bruno Corbucci

1972/ The great Anselm and his squire, directed by Bruno Corbucci 

1973/ The Other Face of the Godfather, directed by Franco Prosperi 

1974/ Crazy, crazy, travel to Russia, directed by Franco Prosperi and El ryazanov 

1974/ China fury and fifa and Karate, directed by Sergio Corbucci