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Paolo Villaggio

Genoa, 30 December 1932 - Rome, 3 July 2017




Brother of the twin of Piero Villaggio died in 2014, future lecturer at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. The Father Ettore, a Palermitan engineer, the mother Maria Veneziane, is a German-speaking teacher. He Attends Elementary School in Diaz in Genoa. The Villaggio 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 Slavic 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 cussing 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 still 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, the Cossider, where he was involved in the organization of corporate events, among which the exchange of Christmas gifts between executives and the awarding of deserving employees; 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, on the Curtain, I was angry kid who 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 asshole ».


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 the 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, of 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, where he tells firsthand the imaginative and fancier stories of a tragicomic clerk: land on which They 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 make known 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 then Formula One.

In January 1974 he works on a new radio in the program Gran Var, conducted by Johnny Dorelli, where he interprets thefigure of the beautician, a sort of petty photograph that appeals to the public with the greeting "Conigliettini dressup" and submits Giandomenico Fracchia at the most bizarre experiments. He Debuted at the cinema with Eat It, the terrible inspector, the four of the Pater noster.

In the meantime, it publishes on the magazine The European, the tales taken from the monologues of its broadcasts, where the character Fantozzi will acquire an increasingly important importance. By Fantozzi It turns out he has a submissive wife and Lady Pina, a daughter not Beautiful (Mariangela), the working companion Filini, and the Eternal love Mrs. Silvani, comes out the portrait of a small man without mediocre quality "travet", always Oppressed by his superiors and utterly incapable of living in harmony with himself and with others. In The Seventy Villages creates a partnership with the actor Vittorio Gassman, the occasion is presented with the film the Army Brancaleon. Among the protagonists there are, in Addition To Gassman and village, Also Stefania Sandrelli. 

Lino Toffolo, Gigi Proietti and Shel Shapiro. Paolo Villaggio plays the role of the soldier Alemanno Torz. In 1975 Pupi Avati wants him as the main interpreter in The marzuka of the baron, the saint and the fig flower, a role that later will Go To Ugo Tognazzi, also participate in the film playing the part of a pimp wacky.Lucio Dalla, Delia Boccardo, and Gianni Cavina are present In the film. In 1980 is the relaunch of Fantozzi with the film Fantozzi against All, (from the homonymous book published for Rizzoli in 1979).




1968/ Eat It, directed by Francesco Casaretti

1969/ The Four of the Father 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/ Blessed 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/ I'm going to fix america and I'm coming back, 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/ The marzuka of the baron, the saint and the fig flower, directed by Pupi Avanti

1975/ Fantozzidirected by Luciano Salce

1975/ Of what sign are youdirected by Sergio Corbucci

1976/ The second tragic Fantozzi, directed by Luciano salce

1976/ Ladies And gentlemen, Goodnight, directed by Luigi Comencini

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/ I you tigers he tigra, directed by Giorgio Capitani

1977/ Professor Kranz, German of Germany, directed by Luciano Salce

1978/ Where Do you go on vacation?, episode Yes good, directed by Luciano Salce

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

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

1980/ Fantozzi Against All, directed by Paolo Villaggio and Neri Parenti

1981/ The Turn, directed by Tonino Cervi

1981/ The human beast is smashed, directed by Neri Parenti

1982/ Monstrously prohibited Dreams, directed by Blacks Relatives

1982/ Bonnie and Clyde, to Italian, directed by Steno

1983/ Papa and Ciccia, directed by Neri Parenti

1983/ Fantozzi still suffers, directed by Neri Parenti

1984/ One for You, directed by Sergio Corbucci

1985/ The Firefighters, directed by Neri Parenti

1985/ Fracchia Versus Dracula, directed by Neri Parenti

1986/ School of Thieves, directed by Neri Parenti

1986/ Superfantozzi, directed by Neri Parenti

1987/ Rimini, Rimini, directed by Sergio Corbucci

1987/ Heroic Mission, firefighters 2, directed by Giorgio Capitani

1987/ School of Thieves, part two, directed by Blacks Relatives

1987/ Rich Stuff, directed by Sergio Corbucci

1987/ How Hard The Adventure, directed by Flavio Mogherini

1988/ The Volpone, directed by Maurizio Ponzi

1988/ Fantozzi, retired, directed by Neri Relatives

1989/ I won the New Year's lottery, directed by Neri Relatives

1989/ The Voice of the Moon, directed by Federico Fellini

1990/ The Comicals, directed by Neri Parenti

1990/ Fantozzi to the rescue,directed by Neri Parenti 

1991/ Le comic 2, directed by Neri Parenti

1992/ I hope that the cable, directed by Lina Wertmüller

1993/ The Secret of the Old Wood, directed by Ermanno Olmi

1993/ Fantozzi in Paradise, directed by Neri Parenti

1994/ Dear Motherdamn Friends, directed by Mario Monicelli

1994/ The New Comedias, directed by Neri Parenti

1995/ Waiters, directed by Leone Pompucci

1995/ I No Spik English, directed by Carlo Vanzina

1995/ Snowball, directed by Maurizio Nichetti

1996/ Fantozzi, The return, directed by Neri Parenti

1997/ Banzai, directed by Carlo Vanzina

1998/ A Liar in Paradise, directed by Enrico Oldoini

2000/ Fantozzi, the cloning, directed by Domenico Saverni

2000/ Teeth, directed by Gabriele Salvatores

2001/ Heidi, directed by Markus Imboden

2001/ Azzurro, directed by Denis Rabaglia

2005/ Gas, directed by Luciano Melchionna

2007/ Hermanno, directed by Giovanni Robbiano

2008/ I Come Back to live alone, directed by Jerry Cala

2009/ Question of Heart, directed by Francesco Archibugi

2009/ Generation to 1000 euro, directed by Massimo Venier

2012/ Everything, Nothing, nothing, directed by Giulio Manfredonia



Television Series


1985/ Dreams and needs

1999/ A second-class angel

2002/ Saint John – The Apocalypse

2004/ Renzo and Lucia

2007/ Finally Christmas

2008/ Finally at home

2002 – 2008 / Carabinieri




1975/ Fantozzi

1976/ The Second tragic Fantozzi

1976/ Mr. Robinson Monstrous romance 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/ Pope 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

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, 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