Lino Banfi

Lino Banfi (born Pasquale Zagaria; 9 July 1936) is an Italian film actor and presenter. He has appeared in more than 100 films since 1960.

Lino Banfi
Pasquale Zagaria

(1936-07-09) 9 July 1936
Andria, Italy
ResidenceRome, Italy
OccupationActor, Presenter, Screenwriter
Years active1960-present
Spouse(s)Lucia (m. 1962)
Children2, (Rosanna and Walter)


He was born in the Apulian city of Andria and at the age of three, moved to Canosa di Puglia. Lino Banfi became one of the most well-known actors in Italian "sexy comedies" in the 1970s. In the 1980s he reached the peak of his fame by appearing in movies such as L'allenatore nel pallone, Vieni avanti cretino, Il commissario Lo Gatto and Occhio, malocchio, prezzemolo e finocchio; he recently portrayed Grandpa Libero in Italian TV series Un medico in famiglia.

During his career nearly all of Lino Banfi's characters spoke with the distinctive pronunciation of the Bari dialect.

Lino and his wife Lucia have been married since 1962 and have two children, Walter and Rosanna; Rosanna is also an actress.

In 2000, Lino Banfi became a Goodwill Ambassador for the Italian National Committee for UNICEF.[1]




Books written by Lino Banfi

  • Alla grande! (1991)
  • Una parola è troppa... Nonno Libero racconta (2004)
  • C'era una volta Nonno Libero (2004)
  • Ti racconto una storia. Ricordi di vita e di scena (2006)
  • Il chèlcio[2] secondo Oronzo Canà (2009)


  1. Lino Banfi UNICEF goodwill ambassador
  2. Chèlcio stands for calcio (football or soccer in English) in an italianized form of Bari dialect
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