Paolo Villaggio

(Genoa, 30 December 1932-Rome, 3 July 2017)




Brother of the Dizygote twin of Piero Villaggio died in 2014, future lecturer at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. Father Ettore, a Palermitan engineer, mother Maria Faraci of Venetian origin, is a German-speaking teacher. He attends elementary school in Diaz in Genoa. The village family, despite being wealthy and of the upper middle class Genovese, suffers after the Second World War privations and hardship.


In an interview with Repubblica, Village said:


The war was a nightmare that materialized on February 2, 1941. At school, my twin brother and I, we heard the master's lesson. At one point we felt above the head like the resounding noise of a train. It was a 381 mm salvo that the British navy had shot off Portofino. Only he missed target. The bomb centered the neighborhood where we were all, raving homes and people. My brother and I went out, holding hands.

The show was terrible. We saw the corpses of two women and a dead mule. The night we couldn't get to sleep. It was the first time we heard our father swearing against the war. '


After attending the Liceo classico Andrea Doria, begins at the University of Genoa Law studies that abandon to devote to various uses. These are the years in which he began to follow the football club of Sampdoria, a team of which he is a supporter. In 1954, at the Lido of Genoa, he met Maura Albites, who in the late fifties became his wife and from whom he will have two children: Elisabetta and Pierfrancesco. After studies he has several working experiences as a waiter to speaker from the BBC in London, to become a cabaret and entertainer on the ships with his friend Fabrizio De Andrè. In the Sixties he was hired, as a clerk, in one of the most important Italian industries, cosideR, where he was involved in organizing corporate events, including the exchange of Christmas gifts between executives and the awarding of employees Deserving From this work experience will draw inspiration to create the character Ugo Fantozzi. Fabrizio De Andrè remembers Paolo Villaggio Cosi:


"I met him for the first time in Pocol, above Cortina, I was a boy angry that spoke dirty; He liked me because I was tormented, restless and he was just as much, only that he was more controlled, maybe because he was bigger than me and then immediately invested himself with a big brother and said: look you swear you don't have to tell her, you say the profanity to be in the center Attention, you're an.


A friendship always felt, that among the artists, that village, on the day of the disappearance of the friend, will remember with these words:


"We lived together various seasons of life, we lived hungry, the Genoa still with the smell of the Pitosfori, was a very sensitive person and of course when you are very friends, especially childhood, we talk about death and as a distant fact, completely Unlikely. Now that the thing has happened and when it was about to happen, we never had the courage, in the last two months, neither to meet, nor to talk about the thing, because this time it was not a game, it was not literature, it was terrible reality.


During the mid-fifties it joins the company Goliardic Mario Baistrocchi, ancient theatrical company of Genoa, active since 1913 and composed of actors and dancers not professional, usually former students of the University of Genoa. The representations staged had often intent to satire, politics, targeting local councillors and aldermen, but not neglecting those of national level Baistrocchi was, over time, a laboratory of emerging artists Who later enter the world of entertainment as Fabrizio De Andrè, the presenter Enzo Tortora and the actor and director Carmelo Bene. The Genoese comedian joins the company in the Fifties, both as author of the texts and in those of presenter. He participates in almost all editions between 1956 and 1966. Among the many sketches presented, remember some based on taking the turn of historical personalities. He then performs at the Teatro di Piazza Marsala, in Genoa, where on stage he often assumes the semblance of a very timid man, who anticipates some characteristics of his future characters. Always in Piazza Marsala date his first performances as a strange magician, debt to kicking around the audience in a pluerile and bizarre. To discover the artistic veins of village is the journalist and conductor Maurizio Costanzo who in 1967 advises him to perform at Seven and eight a famous local of Rome.

The evenings in Milan, seen as a place of meeting and vocational training, are summarized by the actor with these words:


"Milan is the city with the happiest memories of my life, that of the nights around with the friends of the Derby, Giorgio Gaber, cockpit and that Tirartardi, by Umberto Simonetta."


After years of cabaret and following the discovery of Maurizio Costanzo, village debuts in radio, with the innovative program on the Sabbath of the village, in which he tells firsthand the imaginative and fancier stories of a tragicomic clerk: land on Which will blossom, shortly after, The Adventures of accountant Ugo Fantozzi. The 4 February 1968, he made his debut on the small screen, leading the entertainment Ones on Sunday, where he was able to raise awareness on the one hand, a kind of comedy strictly physical, as in the case of aggressive and sadistic Professor Kranz, and on the other its first character humiliated and submissive, Giandomenico Fracchia, characterized by a mimic rubbery and unpublished. The first figure to dominate is Kranz, sort of conjurer, hacks that every Sunday, with ironic German accent and authoritarian mock tones, involves the audience in the plot whatsoever. In addition, the continued to involve and attack the viewer aims to make it, in effect, the protagonist of the scene, turning it into an integral part of the exhibition. The program, after an initial failure, meets the public favors, convincing producers to extend the programs until June. The substance of the programme's success also goes to proven duo Ric e Gian and the rookie pair of comedians Cochi e Renato themselves protagonists of the transmission. Much space is devoted to pop music, where every Sunday village has way of presenting established artists such as Mina, Adriano Celentano, Patty Pravo, and many others; even the famous jazz musician Louis Armstrong takes part in the transmission, at the time when he performed at the Sanremo Festival. A year later, he was called to lead a new broadcast:


It is Sunday, but without commitment with the participation of Cochi and Renato, the quartet Cetra, Ombretta Colli, Gianni Agus and Oreste Lionello. The various finds prepared by Gianni Agus, have as a constant reason the visit of Fracchia to its director, who every time, invites the clerk to sit on an armchair, on which he can never sit, slipping continuously. The Chair in question is the famous bag chair. Villaggio later participates in other television broadcasts such as Canzonissima, leading to the special The Moon of songs, historical event that told, through songs performed by famous singers of the time, the first landing of man On the moon. Among the many side novelties of the village there is also the radio, where in 1968, it presents its own program (the Saturday of the village) and thenFormula onein January 1974 he works on a new radio in the program Gran Var, conducted by Johnny Dorelli, where he interprets the figure ofthe beautician, a sort of petty photograph that is addressed to the public with the greeting "Conigliettini dressup" and submits Giandomenico Fracchia to the most bizarre experiments. He made his debut at the cinema with "Eat It, the terrible Inspector, i quattro del pater noster. Meanwhile, publishes the magazine L'europeo, tales from the monologues of its broadcasts, where the character Fantozzi will acquire increasing importance importance. By Fantozzi comes out that has a submissive wife and disilussa Mrs. Pina, a daughter bella (Mariangela), the fellow worker Filini, and eternal love Mrs. Silvani, comes out the portrait of a poor little man without qualities "salaryman"always oppressed by his superiors and absolutely incapable of living in harmony with oneself and with others. Create an association in the 1970s actor Vittorio Gassman Village, an opportunity presents itself with the movie l'armata BrancaleoneAmong the players there are, besides Gassman and village, also Stefania Sandrelli. Lino Toffolo, Gigi Proietti and Shel Shapiro.Paolo Villaggio playing the role of the soldier alemanno Tammy. In 1975 he wants as an interpreter in Pupi Avati's comedy La Marzurka del barone, della Santa e del fico fiorone, which then will go to Ugo Tognazzi, will participate equally in the film, playing the part of a wacky pimp. In the movie there are Lucio Dalla, Delia Boccardo, and Gianni Cavina. In 1980 is the revival of Fahey with the film Fantozzi contro Tutti, (from the book published by Rizzoli in 1979). 




1968/ Eat It, directed by Francesco Casaretti


1969/ I Quattro del pater Noter, directed by Ruggero Deodato


1969/ The Terrible Inspector, directed by Aldo Grimaldi


1969/ Thinking of You, directed by Aldo Grimaldi


1970/ Brancaleone at the Crusades, directed by Mario Monicelli


1972/ without Seaboard family seeking affection, directed by Vittorio Gassman


1972/ Beati the Rich, directed by Salvatore Samperi


1972/ What about us with the Revolution, directed by Sergio Corbucci


1972/ The cake in Heaven, directed by Lino del Fra


1972/ Sistemo America and Torno, directed by Nanni Loy


1974/ to my dear mother on the day of her birthday, directed by Luciano Salce


1974/ do not touch the white woman, directed by Marco Ferreri


1975/ La Mazurka del Barone, Della Santa and Fico Fiorone, directed by Pupi Avanti


1975/ Fantozzi


1975/ of what sign Are you, directed by Sergio Corbucci


1976/ The second tragic Fantozzi, directed by Luciano Salce


1976/ Ladies and gentlemen, Goodnight, directed by Luigi Comencini, Luigi Magni, Nanni Loy, Ettore Scola, Mario Monicelli


1976/ Those strange occasions, episode Italian Superman


1977/ Three Tigers against three Tigers, directed by Sergio Corbucci and Steno


1977/ the... Belpaese, directed by Luciano Salce


1978/ when he was there... Dear Lei!, directed by Giancarlo Santi


1978/ Io Tigro, tu Tigers, he tigra, directed by Giorgio Capitani


1977/ Professor KranzGerman of Germany, directed by Luciano Salce


1978/ Where do you go on vacation?, episode Si Good, directed by Luciano Salce


1979/ Dr. Jekyll and Gentile Signora, directed by Steno


1979/ Rag. Arturo De Fanti, banking precarious, directed by Luciano Salce


1980/ Fantozzi against All, directed by Paolo Villaggio and Neri relatives


1981/ The Turn, directed by Tonino Cervi


1981/ Fracchia la Belva umana, regia di Neri Parenti


1982/ Sogni mostruosamente proibiti, regia di Neri Parenti


1982/ Bonnie e Clyde, all’italiana, regia di Steno


1983/ Papa e ciccia, regia di Neri Parenti


1983/ Fantozzi subisce ancora, regia di Neri Parenti


1984/ A tu per tu, regia di Sergio Corbucci


1985/ I pompieri, regia di Neri Parenti


1985/ Fracchia contro Dracula, regia di Neri Parenti


1986/ Scuola di Ladri, regia di Neri Parenti


1986/ Superfantozzi, regia di Neri Parenti


1987/ Rimini, Rimini, regia di Sergio Corbucci


1987/ Missione Eroica, i pompieri 2, regia di Giorgio Capitani


1987/ Scuola di Ladri, parte seconda, regia di Neri Parenti


1987/ Roba da ricchi, regia di Sergio Corbucci


1987/ Roba da ricchi, regia di Sergio Corbucci


1987/ Com’è dura l’avventura, regia di Flavio Mogherini


1988/ Il Volpone, regia di Maurizio Ponzi


1988/ Fantozzi, va in pensione, regia di Neri Parenti


1989/ Ho vinto la lotteria di capodanno, regia di Neri Parenti


1989/ La voce della Luna, regia di Federico Fellini


1990/ Le comiche, regia di Neri Parenti


1990/ Fantozzi alla riscossa, Neri Parenti


1991/ Le comiche 2, regia di Neri Parenti


1992/ Io speriamo che me la cavo, regia di Lina Wertmüller


1993/ Il segreto del bosco vecchio, regia di Ermanno Olmi


1993/ Fantozzi in paradiso, regia di Neri Parenti


1994/ Cari fottutissimi amici, regia di Mario Monicelli


1994/ Le nuove comiche, regia di Neri Parenti


1995/ Camerieri, regia di Leone Pompucci


1995/ I no spik, english, regia di Carlo Vanzina


1995/ Palla di neve, regia di Maurizio Nichetti


1996/ Fantozzi, il ritorno, regia di Neri Parenti


1997/ Banzai, regia di Carlo Vanzina


1998/ Un bugiardo in paradiso, regia di Enrico Oldoini


2000/ Fantozzi 2000, La Clonazione, regia di Domenico Saverni


2000/ Denti, regia di Gabriele Salvatores


2001/ Heidi, regia di Markus Imboden


2001/ Azzurro, regia di Denis Rabaglia


2005/ Gas, regia di Luciano Melchionna


2007/ Hermanno, regia di Giovanni Robbiano


2008/ Torno a vivere da solo, regia di Jerry Cala


2009/ Questione di cuore, regia di Francesco Archibugi


2009/ Generazione 1000 euro, regia di Massimo Venier


2012/ Tutto tutto, niente, niente, regia di Giulio Manfredonia



Serie televisive


1985/ Sogni e bisogni


1999/ Un angelo di seconda classe


2002/ San Giovanni – L’Apocalisse


2004/ Renzo e Lucia


2007/ Finalmente Natale


2008/ Finalmente a casa


2002-2008/ Carabinieri





1975/ Fantozzi


1976/ The second tragic Fantozzi


1976/ Mr. Robinson monstrous love story and adventure


1977/ the beautiful country


1978/ The German Professor Kranz of Germany


1980/ Fantozzi against all


1981/ Fracchia the Human Beast


1982/ Bonnie and Clyde in Italian


1983/ Papa and Ciccia 


1983/ Fantozzi still suffers


1985/ Fracchia versus Dracula


1986/ Superfantozzi


1988/ Fantozzi retires


1990/ Fantozzi to the rescue


1993/ Fantozzi in Paradise


1996/ Fantozzi the return





1980/ Fantozzi against all, with black relatives





1968/ Those of the Sun, Rai


1969/ is Sunday, but without obligation, March 16, June 29


1970/ Canzonissima


1970/ Lord and Lady


1971/ without network, RAI


1972/ XXII Italian song Festival, Sanremo RAI


1975/ Giandomenico Fracchia, RAI


1984/ Hello people, Mediaset


1986/ Gran Hotel, Mediaset


1987/ A fantastic, tragic Friday, network 4


1987/ What a pleasure to have you here, Italy 1


1988/ Village Party, Odeon Tv


1997/ Strip The News, Channel 5


2003/ Sunday in, Rai Uno





1996/ The Miser


2001-2001/ Delirium of a poor old man


2005-2008/ Life and Miracles


2007-2008/ Farewell evening


2009-2011/ The scent of fireflies


2010-2011/ freewheel


2012/ The battleship Potemkim and a crazy dump


2012/ The worst of my career


2012-2013/ We are in the shit, even the battleship Potemkim sank


2012/ The worst of my career 


2015/ The war of Paul


2015-2016/ I'd really like not to go to the funeral





Enrico Giacovelli, Brief History of comic film in Italy, Lindau, 2006


Federico Fellini, the Voyage of G. Mastorna, Quodlibet, 2008