Turi Ferro

Salvatore "Turi" Ferro (10 January 1921 10 May 2001) was an Italian film, television and stage actor. He is considered the most important actor in the Sicilian theatre post-World War II era.[1]

Turi Ferro
Ferro in Malicious (1973)
Salvatore Ferro

(1921-01-10)10 January 1921
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Died10 May 2001(2001-05-10) (aged 80)
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Years active19621998
Spouse(s)Ida Carrara

Life and career

Born in Catania, Ferro launched his own theatrical company in 1953 alongside his wife, actress Ida Carrara. He later staged a great number of works by Sicilian authors.[1] He was one of the co-founders of the Teatro Stabile di Catania.[2][3] His stage credits include works directed by Roberto Rossellini and Giorgio Strehler.[1]

From the early 1970s he started appearing in RAI Television, in appreciated and successful TV-series.[1] His film career is less prolific (he appeared in only 33 films between 1962 and 1998), but includes notable roles in popular titles as the Mafioso of The Seduction of Mimi and "Ignazio" of Malizia.[1] In 1974 he received a special David di Donatello for "the value and success of his performances".[4]

The film director Lina Wertmüller referred to him as "the greatest Sicilian actor after Angelo Musco".[5] He died of a myocardial infarction.[6] [7]

Partial filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi (2003). Gli attori: A-L. Gremese Editore.
  2. Caterina Napoleone. Enciclopedia della Sicilia. Ricci, 2007. ISBN 8897154018.
  3. Chiara Merli. Il teatro ad iniziativa pubblica in Italia. LED Edizioni Universitarie, 2007. ISBN 8879163507.
  4. Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1.
  5. Lina Wertmüller (2012). Tutto a posto e niente in ordine. Mondadori. ISBN 8852030158.
  6. Lane, John Francis (22 May 2001). "Obituary: Turi Ferro". Retrieved 11 December 2018 via www.theguardian.com.
  7. III, Harris M. Lentz (24 October 2008). "Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture". McFarland. Retrieved 11 December 2018 via Google Books.

Further reading

  • Sarah Zappulla Muscarà, Enzo Zappulla (2006). Turi Ferro. Magistero dell'arte. La Cantinella. ISBN 8887499195.
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