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Nino Manfredi Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Castro dei Volsci, Lazio, Italy
Died in Rome, Lazio, Italy  (aftermath of stroke)
Birth NameSaturnino Manfredi
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nino Manfredi was born on March 22, 1921 in Castro dei Volsci, Lazio, Italy as Saturnino Manfredi. He was an actor and writer, known for Bread and Chocolate (1974), Between Miracles (1971) and Café Express (1980). He was married to Erminia Ferrari Manfredi. He died on June 4, 2004 in Rome, Lazio.

Spouse (1)

Erminia Ferrari Manfredi (14 July 1955 - 4 June 2004) ( his death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (12)

Popular Italian leading man, equally adept at drama and comedy.
A former law student, he made a name for himself in the world of Italian show business as a radio and music hall performer in the World War II years.
Made his directorial debut with "Per Grazia Ricevuta" (1971), which won the Best First Film award at Cannes.
He has a natural daughter, Tonina (b.1985), from a relationship with a Bulgarian woman.
Father of Giovanna, Roberta Manfredi and Luca Manfredi. Grandfather of Francesco, Matilde and Margherita Manfredi (Luca's children) and of Sarah Masten, Matteo Simone and Leonardo Simone (Roberta's children).
Buried in the Verano Cemetery in Rome in its family grave. It is placed in the same square of Marcello Mastroianni.
Father-in-law of Alberto Simone. Former father-in-law of Nancy Brilli and Werner Masten (Roberta's first husband).
He refused the role of Don Ameche in David Mamet 's "Thing Change".
Close friend of Luigi Magni, Lino Banfi and Leo Gullotta.
Started in 1949 as a voice-over actor, for example, dubbing French star Gerard Philippe into Italian.
Wanted to work with Federico Fellini. He complained to Fellini that he never called him and that he wanted to work with him just once. Just one scene, half a scene, and that he'd do it without pay. Fellini replied, "You have too much personality!".
He's portrayed by Elio Germano in In arte Nino (2016).

Personal Quotes (3)

In the past people who made history were men, not women. Most Italian women wanted male children because they are very powerful, and they knew they could work the man like a puppet. But the feminist movement has made many women lose their sex appeal and become a 'war object.' In the streets today only the transvestites are really attractive.
I learned how to observe dramatic situations by watching Chaplin. But the greatest single influence on my acting was Eduardo De Filippo, a dialect comedian who taught me much about using mimicry. He was the most wonderful stage actor and, although people like Toto and Anna Magnani have been important to me, De Filippo was my mentor. For over 30 years I have been trying to look for what was my style in myself. I am still like Diogenes with his lamp, searching, searching...
If I were a lawmaker, it would be compulsory for people to live together one year before marriage. I believe half would withdraw before the year were up. I told my daughters not to commit themselves. They should experience sex and life. Changing men and sleeping around is not as bad as marrying, having children, and ruining lives. Before I was married, I had relationships with women who had husbands, and it was terrible to see how unhappy they were. There is no training period in a marriage.

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