Franco Fabrizi

Franco Fabrizi (15 February 1916, in Cortemaggiore 18 October 1995) was an Italian actor.

Franco Fabrizi
Born(1916-02-15)15 February 1916
Died18 October 1995(1995-10-18) (aged 79)

Life and career

Son of a barber and of a cinema cashier, Franco Fabrizi started his career as a model and an actor in fotoromanzi.[1] Fabrizi also starred on several revues and stage works, then he debuted on the big screen with a supporting role in Chronicle of a Love (Cronaca di un amore) (1950), Michelangelo Antonioni's long film debut.[1]

The role that made him known was as Fausto in Federico Fellini's I vitelloni; from then he was inextricably linked to the character of a full-time seducer, a young wastrel, a young not-so-young man who refuses to grow up, a character that he reprised, with different facets, in a great number of films.[1] Past the 1950s, Fabrizi was mainly relegated to character roles in Italian, French and Spanish minor productions;[1] he still appeared on several major works of Italian cinema, and one of his last great roles was in Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice.[2]

In 1993 he had a serious car accident from which he recovered; immediately after, however, it manifested the illness that led him to death.[3] Fabrizi died of bowel cancer in 1995.

Selected filmography


  1. Guglielmo Siniscalchi. Enciclopedia del Cinema. Treccani, 2003.
  2. Maurizio Porro (19 October 1995). "E' morto Franco Fabrizi, una carriera da "vitellone"". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. S. N. (19 October 1995). "Morto Franco Fabrizi, rubacuori dei Vitelloni". La Stampa. p. 21.
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