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Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer and Italian poet, born in a modest family of greengrocers in the Campo de Fiori, Aldo Fabrizi was a true Roman DOC and never lost his common touch.
He began his career in music halls and variety shows in the ’30s proposed a series of hilarious roman characters, until founding his own theater company, in which, at the end of the decade saw the debut of another great Roman actor Alberto Sordi.
The greatest occasion that gave him international fame was in 1945 when Rossellini chose Fabrizi to play Don Pietro, a priest who defied the fascists during the German occupation of Rome and was tortured and executed by Nazis in Roberto Rossellini’s masterpiece ”Open City”.
In his review in The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote: ”The outstanding performance is that of Aldo Fabrizi as the priest, who embraces with dignity and humanity a most demanding part.”
Subsequently made countless roles in the italian comedy of those years, often with two other giants of Italian comedy: Totò with whom he played in “Cops and Robbers” (1951), “The harassed” (1959), and “Totò, Fabrizi and young people today ” (1960), and with Peppino De Filippo in” Gentlemen carriage ” (1951),” It Happened at the penitentiary ” (1955) and “Guard, elite guard, sergeant and sergeant ” (1956).
In 1964 he made his debut on Broadway with “Rugantino” in the role of the executioner Mastro Titta. The musical was presented in Italian with English subtitles and it was always sold out.
Passionate about food, especially of pasta, wrote several recipes and poems dedicated to food in Roman dialect.
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