Umberto Simonetta

Umberto Simonetta (4 April 1926 – 25 August 1998) was an Italian playwright, writer and lyricist. He was described as "an unclassifiable artist" and "a wanderer between different genres".[1]

Umberto Simonetta
Born(1926-04-04)4 April 1926
Milan, Italy
Died25 August 1998(1998-08-25) (aged 72)
Milan, Italy
OccupationPlaywright, writer, lyricist

Born in Milan, Simonetta grew up in Switzerland where his father had been forced to move as an anti-fascist.[1]

He started his career working in couple with Guglielmo Zucconi as a radio writer and a playwright.[1][2] He wrote several novels, some of them adapted into films such as Normal Young Man by Dino Risi and I viaggiatori della sera by Ugo Tognazzi.[3] He directed the Teatro Gerolamo in Milan from 1979 until its close in 1983.[1][2] As a lyricist, he often collaborated with Giorgio Gaber.[1][2]

In his later years Simonetta collaborated with the newspaper Il Giornale as a theatrical critic and was one of the screenwriters of the sitcom Nonno Felice.[2] He died of tumor.[1]


  1. Righetti, Donata (25 August 1998). "Umberto Simonetta, vagabondo nel cuore di Milano". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  2. Redazione (25 August 1998). "Morto Simonetta critico e scrittore". La Repubblica. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  3. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
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