Renzo Palmer

Renzo Palmer (20 December 1929 4 June 1988) was an Italian film, television and stage actor. He appeared in 65 films between 1957 and 1988.

Renzo Palmer
Lorenzo Bigatti

(1929-12-20)20 December 1929
Milan, Italy
Died4 June 1988(1988-06-04) (aged 58)
Milan, Italy
Years active1957-1988

Life and career

Born in Milan as Lorenzo Bigatti, Palmer was the adopted son of the stage actress Kiki Palmer (from which, born Giulia Fogliata, he inherited his stage name). After leaving his law studies,[1] he debuted in 1955 on radio, after being spotted at an audition for singers, and then worked for two years in the Company of Prose of "Radio Roma".[1][2][3] In 1957 Palmer made his television debut with L'avaro, directed by Vittorio Cottafavi; the same year he also made his theatrical debut at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, in the revue I pallinisti.[2][3] From then, even continuing to appear in prestigious stage works it was the television that assured him popularity and professional satisfaction, thanks to the numerous successful television films and TV series in which he starred.[1][2]

Palmer was also a versatile film character actor, mainly active in commedia all'italiana and in poliziotteschi film genre.[2] He also was a radio and television host, and a popular voice actor.[1] He died of cancer in Milan at 58.

Selected filmography


  1. "Renzo Palmer, addio a un attore versatile e amabilissimo". La Stampa. 4 June 1988. pp. 1, 21.
  2. Enrico Lancia; Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.
  3. Felice Cappa; Piero Gelli; Marco Mattarozzi. Dizionario Dello Spettacolo Del '900. Dalai editore, 1998. ISBN 8880892959.
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