Ricky Memphis

Ricky Memphis (stage name of Riccardo Fortunati; born 29 August 1968[1]) is an Italian television and film actor. He is best known for his interpretation of Inspector Mauro Belli, in the police drama series, Distretto di Polizia ('Police District'), which was broadcast weekly for eight seasons by Italian network Canale 5 from 2000 to 2009.

Ricky Memphis
Riccardo Fortunati

29 August 1968
Known forHis role as Inspector Mauro Belli in the police drama series, Distretto di Polizia broadcast by Canale 5


Ricky Memphis was born in Rome. His career in the entertainment business began at the end of the 1980s with his first television appearance as an urban poet on the Maurizio Costanzo talk show. He chose his stage name "Memphis" in honour of American singer Elvis Presley.[2]

His first role in a major picture was in the 1990 film Ultrà, directed by Ricky Tognazzi. Memphis won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Red at the European Film Awards.[3]

He followed with roles in Pugni di rabbia, La scorta and Il branco. Memphis received national popularity with his interpretation of the compassionate Inspector Mauro Belli in Mediaset's Canale 5 television police drama series Distretto di Polizia ('Police District'), which aired for eight seasons from 26 September 2000 to November 2009. His character left the series in the sixth season of the series. There was talk of Memphis returning to the series in his former role of Inspector Mauro Belli.[4][5] Memphis's television work also includes the Canale 5/Italia 1 production of Crimini bianchi ('White Crimes'), in which he played the role of lawyer Claudio Bruni, and Rai Uno's Caccia al re - La Narcotici in 2011.




  • 1998 – Ultimo
  • 1999 – Il morso del serpente
  • 1999 – Ultimo II - La sfida
  • 1999 – Excellent Cadavers
  • 1999 – S.O.S
  • 2000-2006 – Distretto di Polizia 1-6 ('Police District'), series
  • 2001 – Sindone - 24 ore, 14 ostaggi
  • 2008 – Crimini bianchi ('White Crime'), series
  • 2010 - Un paradiso per due (A Paradise For Two)
  • 2011 - Caccia al re - La Narcotici, miniseries
  • 2011 - Come un delfino, miniseries

Short films

  • 1998 – Taxi
  • 2005 – Storia di Mario (in the role of Ricky)


  1. IMDB Listing
  2. "Ricky Memphis: ringrazio Dio e quella giornalista chi mi salvò". TGCom. Panorama.it. Article by Antonella Piperno. 18-01-11
  3. IMDB
  4. Excite Magazine, October 17, 2006, retrieved on 15 January 2009
  5. Scavicchia la Notizia, La Voce Della-Emittenza, 14 November 2008, retrieved on 15 January 2009
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