Alberto Lionello

Alberto Lionello (12 July 1930 – 14 July 1994) was an Italian film actor, voice actor, singer and presenter.

Alberto Lionello
Alberto Lionello and his then wife Gabriella Vannotti, 1975.
Born(1930-07-12)12 July 1930
Died14 July 1994(1994-07-14) (aged 64)
Years active1960–1983

Life and career

Born in Milan into a family of Venetian origins, after studying acting at the Accademia dei Filodrammatici Lionello started his career in 1949, in the stage company of Antonio Gandusio. He got his first personal success in the stage play La pulce all' orecchio in 1951, then for several years he was part in the Wanda Osiris' stage company.[1][2]

Lionello had his breakout in 1960 as presenter of the RAI Saturnday night musical show Canzonissima together with Lauretta Masiero and Aroldo Tieri. He also performed the opening theme song "La la la", which became a hit ranking 13th on the Italian hit parade.[1][2] In 1961 he started a 7-years-long collaboration with the Teatro Stabile di Genova, where he got large critical acclaim, particularly for his performances in Zeno's Conscience, which he later also played in a television adaptation, and in Carlo Goldoni's The Venetian Twins, which he performed in 33 countries including in Broadway.[2]

Lionello had a long relationship, from 1978 until his death, with the actress Erika Blanc. His daughter Gea is also an actress.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. Dario Salvatori. "Lionello, Alberto". Gino Castaldo (ed.). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990.
  2. Rodolfo di Giammarco (15 July 1994). "E' morto Lionello antidivo con humour". La Repubblica. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
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