Antonio Cifariello

Antonio Cifariello (19 May 1930 12 December 1968) was an Italian actor and documentarist.

Antonio Cifariello
Born(1930-05-19)19 May 1930
Naples, Italy
Died12 December 1968(1968-12-12) (aged 38)
Lusaka, Zambia
Years active1950-1968

Life and career

Born in Naples, the nephew of a sculptor, Cifariello started his career in 1950 as the main actor, credited as Fabio Montale, in La sposa che vestiva di bianco, a film which had several production issues and that was released only in 1953.[1] In the meanwhile Cifariello appeared in several fotoromanzi using the stage name Mauro Vellani, and enrolled at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, graduating in 1953.[1] The same year, he was chosen by Federico Fellini to star in Marriage Agency, a segment of the anthology film Love in the City.[1] Following the release of the film, in a short time Cifariello established himself as one of the most requested young actors in Italian cinema, mainly active in romantic comedies and adventure films.[1] Tired of playing stereotypal characters of seducers or boyfriends, in the 1960s Cifariello gradually moved his career towards journalism and television documentaries.[1][2] During a trip in Zambia for a RAI documentary, on December 12, 1968 Cifariello died due to a plane crash; he was 38.[1][2]

Selected filmography


  1. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano : Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2002. ISBN 8884402131.
  2. l. z. (14 December 1968). "Antonio Cifariello muore nell'aereo che esplode sulla boscaglia africana". La Stampa (287).
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