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Totò

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 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 other 96 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 popular request 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.


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Born:
Feb 15, 1898 In Napoli, Campania, Italia
Movie/TV Credits:
11
First Appeared:
In the movie Yvonne of the Night 1949-11-24
Latest Project:
Movie Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca 1975-07-14
Known For
Filmography
Movie Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca 1975-07-14
Movie Le motorizzate Urbano Cacace (segment "Il Vigile Ignoto") 1963-08-15
Movie Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino Antonio La Puzza; l'amministratore di Canarinis 1962-09-08
Movie Signori si nasce Ottone Degli Ulivi, detto Zazà 1960-04-28
Movie Toto in Madrid Totò Scorceletti 1959-01-01
Movie The Thieves Commissario Di Savio 1959-06-27
Movie The Overtaxed Torquato Pezzella 1959-10-10
Movie The Band of Honest Men Antonio Buonocore 1956-04-12
Movie Toto and Carolina Antonio Caccavallo 1955-03-03
Movie Totò - Il medico dei pazzi Felice Sciosciammocca 1954-09-13
Movie Yvonne of the Night Nino, il fantasista 1949-11-24