Totò 02/14/1898 , (126 years old) in Naples, Campania, Italy

Known for department

Acting

Biography

Totò was born Antonio Clemente in a poor district of Naples, the illegitimate son of Anna Clemente from Sicily and Marquis Giuseppe De Curtis from Naples. Nicknamed “il principe della risata’ (the prince of laughter), he was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter, and widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century.  While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, poetry, and songs are all of cultural import; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy. As a comic actor, Totò is classified as an heir of the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, and has been compared to such figures as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  At the age of 15, he was already acting as a comedian in small theatres, under the pseudonym "Clerment". His early repertoire mostly consisted in imitations of Gustavo De Marco's characters. He served in the army during World War I and then went back to acting to develop the trademarks of his style.    In 1937, he appeared in his first movie "Fermo con le mani", and later starred in 96 more films, many of which are still frequently broadcast on Italian television. In his vast cinematographic career, Totò had the opportunity to act side by side with virtually all major Italian actors of the time. Totò's unmistakable figure, with his peculiarly irregular face (due to an accident in his teen years), and his unique trademark ability to disarticulate his body like a marionette, soon became very popular and his comic gags became part of the Italian culture. Totò died at the age of 69 in Rome after a series of heart attacks. Due to overwhelming popularity there were three funeral services: the first in Rome, and the second and third in Naples. Totò's birth home has been recently opened to the public as a museum.

poster Cops and Robbers (1951)

Ferdinando Esposito

poster The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

Totò Innocenti / Frate Cicillo

poster Toto in Madrid (1959)

Totò Scorceletti

poster Totò Double or Nothing? (1956)

Duca Gagliardo della Forcoletta

poster Totó in color (1952)

Antonio Scannagatti

poster He Who Hesitates Is Lost (1960)

Antonio Guardalavecchia

poster Gli onorevoli (1963)

Antonio La Trippa

poster Toto the Sheik (1950)

Antonio Sapone

poster Toto and the Women (1952)

Antonio Scaparro

poster Toto in Paris (1958)

Marchese Gastone de Chemantel / Chateau-Boiron / il vagabondo Totò

poster Toto and Carolina (1955)

Antonio Caccavallo

poster Toto Tours Italy (1948)

Prof. Totò Casamandrei

poster Letto a tre piazze (1960)

Antonio Di Cosimo

poster Il coraggio (1955)

Gennaro Vaccariello

poster Totò, Vittorio and the Doctor (1957)

Michele Spillone detto Mike

poster Signori si nasce (1960)

Ottone Degli Ulivi, detto Zazà

poster Totò vs the Four (1963)

commissario Antonio Saracino

poster Totò cerca casa (1949)

Beniamino Lomacchio

poster Fifa e arena (1948)

Nicolino Capece

poster Totò cerca pace (1954)

Gennaro Piselli

poster You're on Your Own (1959)

Il nonno illuminato

poster Yvonne of the Night (1949)

Nino, il fantasista

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