Lino Banfi

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Lino Banfi

Lino Banfi is an Italian actor, born on July 11, 1936.

He became popular because of his way of speaking, with a strong Apulian accent (from Apulia), becoming one of the most characteristic and distinctive Italian actors of the postwar period.

Lino Banfi, along with Lando Buzzanca, Renzo Montagnani, Mario Carotenuto, Gianfranco D’Angelo, Aldo Maccione and Alvaro Vitali, represents the group of sacred cows of the erotic comedy of the ’70s, which was criticized for the scenes of naked and its vulgar language, but that has been revalued by some in recent years as a critical analysis of the defects of Italian society not only of that period, but even today.

In addition to erotic comedies, her filmography includes other successful films, such as L’allenatore nel pallone, Fracchia la belva umana, Vieni avanti cretino and Occhio, malocchio, prezzemolo e finocchio.

He is married to Lucia since 1962 and has two children: Walter and Rosanna, also an actress.

Lino_Banfi’s Biography

The beginnings

Born in Andria, province of Bari, on July 11, 1936, he lives his childhood and adolescence in Canosa di Puglia until he comes of age.

His family, Catholic, encourages him to try the experience of the seminar, but he is attracted to the world of entertainment and debuts as a singer in the music festivals of his town.

With eighteen years, in 1954, post-war period and above all of the internal migrations towards the industrial triangle (Milan, Turin and Genoa), try your luck in the variety theater, emigrating to Milan.

Once there, after entering the company of Arturo Vetrani, he begins his adventures as a comedian, bringing to the scene typical elements of his country, such as sayings, ways of speaking, jokes, etc.

His first pseudonym was Lino Zaga, from the abbreviation of his name (Pasqualino) and surname, but Totò advised him to change the surname to Banfi, because the diminutives of the name were said to bring luck in the world of entertainment , while for the surnames the opposite was believed.

As will be seen below, he consolidates the success of his impetuous and immediate comedy with his canosino dialect (from Canosa di Puglia), as well as his funny and original way of speaking.

He then moved to Rome, where he obtained his first successes with a cabaret at the San Carlino theater, together with Carletto Sposito and Anna Mazzamauro in 1972.

The race

His sympathy surprises even the film producers, who hire him for several comedies next to Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia, such as L’esorciccio (1975), written, directed and performed only by Ciccio Ingrassia with a minimum budget, is considered a cult movie for lovers of that type of cinema.

In that same year he debuted on television with the relay of Senza Rete, with Alberto Lupo.

In that decade it becomes an emblem of the Italian erotic comedy, alongside other figures of the genre such as Mario Carotenuto, Gianfranco D’Angelo, Alvaro Vitali, Renzo Montagnani, Edwige Fenech, Gloria Guida, Jimmy il Fenomeno and Nadia Cassini.

Among his best performances is the one he did in the films Vieni avanti cretino (1982) and L’allenatore nel pallone (1984). Another cult film of his filmography is Occhio, malocchio, prezzemolo e finocchio.

When he returned to RAI (Italian radio) after a brief hiatus on Italian Channel 5, he was entrusted with the direction of Domenica in (1987-88), Stasera Lino (1989) and Aspettando Sanremo (1990), programs in which his innate gifts emerge as an entertainer.

The television period follows a brief but intense theatrical parenthesis with its interpretation in the work Vespro della Beata Vergine (1995) by Antonio Tarantino.

In 1997 he played his first dramatic role in the telefilm Nuda proprietà vendesi. Shortly after, in 1999, he achieved great success with A doctor in family, where he plays a sympathetic and endearing grandfather. Thanks to this last role he was nominated in 2001 for UNICEF ambassador. In 2003 he receives the Telegatto for his entire career.

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