Carlo Verdone

Carlo Gregorio Verdone (born 17 November 1950) is an Italian actor, screenwriter and film director.

Carlo Verdone
Verdone in 2007
Born (1950-11-17) 17 November 1950
Rome, Italy
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director
Years active1975–present
Parent(s)Mario Verdone (father)
Rossana Schiavina (mother)
RelativesLuca Verdone (brother)
Silvia Verdone (sister)
Christian De Sica (brother-in-law)

Early life

Carlo Verdone was born in Rome to Mario Verdone, an important Italian film critic and academic, and during his youth he earned a degree in Modern Literature at Sapienza University of Rome, the same University where his father taught, and a degree in Film Direction at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. During the 1970s he started a television career highlighting his varied comic style, acting as well in some ads in the Carosello show and he started to introduce his characters on television in 1978 in the popular comedy series “Non Stop”[1].

Movie career

Verdone made his debut as a director in 1980 with the movie Un sacco bello, in which he played three different characters. He used the same formula of the first work in 1981, when he directed Bianco, rosso e Verdone, a funny movie about three different men during election day in Italy. The movie, produced by his mentor Sergio Leone, was a great success in Italy, thanks to his brilliant comic energy and to his odd characters and had the soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone[2].

Another great mentor for Verdone was Alberto Sordi, since according to many Verdone[3] is considered his natural heir. Sordi wrote two Verdone films together: Journey with Papa, directed by Sordi, and Troppo forte, directed by Verdone and co-written as well by Sergio Leone.

Carlo Verdone, in a long directing career[4][5], has refined very well his style, using very much the typical standard of the commedia all'italiana and paying attention to social themes and to pondering stories. Since the 1990s, he accompanied the comic tones of his work with a less comic register, writing and directing stories more attentive to the issues of modernity, cynicism and the excesses of society. Verdone still maintains a privileged relationship with the canons of the Italian comedy, mixing those canons with a more committed type of movie making. In 1999 he wrote the book "Fatti Coatti"[6]. In 2005 he took part in the Italian blockbuster romantic comedy named Manuale d'amore, and in the sequels named Manuale d'amore 2 - Capitoli successivi (2007) and Manuale d'amore 3 (2011), both directed by Giovanni Veronesi, while in 2013 he starred in Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty[7][8]. Benedetta Follia (lit. “Blessed Madness”)[9] is the title of the new comedy helmed by Carlo Verdone, the film is directed by and stars Verdone, and has for the first time been written by the director together with Nicola Guaglianone plus cartoonist and screenwriter Menotti.

Personal life

He has two siblings: Luca, a film director, and Silvia, a film producer and wife of the actor Christian De Sica who starred in many of Verdone's early movies.


Year Title Actor Director Writer Role
1980 Fun Is Beautiful Yes Yes Yes Enzo/ Ruggero / Leo / Don Alfio / Anselmo / professor
1981 Bianco, rosso e Verdone Yes Yes Yes Furio / Mimmo / Pasquale
1982 Journey with Papa Yes Yes Cristiano D'Ambrosi
1982 Grand Hotel Excelsior Yes Pericle Coccia
1982 Talcum Powder Yes Yes Yes Sergio Benvenuti
1983 Acqua e sapone Yes Yes Yes Rolando Ferrazza
1984 I due carabinieri Yes Yes Yes Marino Spada
1984 Cuori nella tormenta Yes Yes Walter Migliorini
1986 7 chili in 7 giorni Yes Alfio Tamburini
1986 Troppo forte Yes Yes Yes Oscar Pettinari
1987 Io e mia sorella Yes Yes Yes Carlo Piergentili
1988 Compagni di scuola Yes Yes Yes Piero Ruffolo
1989 Il bambino e il poliziotto Yes Yes Yes Carlo Vinciguerra
1990 Stasera a casa di Alice Yes Yes Yes Saverio
1991 Maledetto il giorno che t'ho incontrato Yes Yes Yes Bernardo Arbusti
1992 Al lupo al lupo Yes Yes Yes Gregorio Sagonà
1994 Let's Not Keep in Touch Yes Yes Yes Gepy Fuxas
1995 Viaggi di nozze Yes Yes Yes Raniero / Giovannino / Ivano
1996 Sono pazzo di Iris Blond Yes Yes Yes Romeo Spera
1998 Gallo cedrone Yes Yes Yes Armando Feroci
1998 Lucky and Zorba Yes Zorba (voice)
2000 Zora the vampire Yes Commissioner Lombardi
2000 A Chinese in a Coma Yes Yes Yes Ercole Preziosi
2003 It Can't Be All Our Fault Yes Yes Yes Gegè Tinacci
2004 Love Is Eternal While It Lasts Yes Yes Yes Gilberto Mercuri
2005 Manual of Love Yes Goffredo
2006 My Best Enemy Yes Yes Yes Achille De Bellis
2007 Manual of Love 2 Yes Ernesto
2008 Grande, grosso e... Verdone Yes Yes Yes Leo Nuvolone / Callisto Cagnato / Moreno Vecchiarutti / L'onorevole
2009 Italians Yes Giulio Cesare Carminati
2010 Io, loro e Lara Yes Yes Yes Carlo Mascolo
2011 The Ages of Love Yes Fabio
2012 A Flat for Three Yes Yes Yes Ulisse Diamanti
2013 The Great Beauty Yes Romano
2014 Sotto una buona stella Yes Yes Yes Federico Picchioni
2016 L'abbiamo fatta grossa Yes Yes Yes Arturo Merlino
2018 Benedetta follia Yes Yes Yes Guglielmo
2020 Si vive una volta sola Yes Yes Yes


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