Gigi Reder

Gigi Reder (25 March 1928 – 8 October 1998) was an Italian character actor, best known for the role of Filini in the Fantozzi film series.

Gigi Reder
Born(1928-03-25)25 March 1928
Naples, Italy
Died8 October 1998(1998-10-08) (aged 70)
Rome, Italy
Years active1951-1998
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Life and career

Born in Naples as Luigi Schroeder in a family of German origin, Reder moved to Rome where started his career in radio as host and actor of radio-dramas.[1] He also debuted on stage in "teatro dialettale" and vaudeville, then performed in the stage companies of Peppino De Filippo, Turi Ferro, Giorgio Albertazzi and Mario Scaccia.[1] Reder made his film debut in early 50's, but became popular in the seventies as the sidekick of Paolo Villaggio in some successful comedies, such as the Fantozzi and Fracchia series.[1][2]

He was an atheist.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia; Roberto Poppi; Fabio Melelli; Mario Pecorari. Gli Attori - Vol.3. Gremese Editore.
  2. Massimo Giraldi; Enrico Lancia; Fabio Melelli. 100 caratteristi del cinema italiano. Gremese Editore, 2006.
  3. Fulvia Caprara (9 October 1998). "Villaggio: era insostituibile". La Stampa.

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