Vittorio Sanipoli

Vittorio Sanipoli (1915–1992) was an Italian stage, film and television actor. He appeared in around a hundred films and television series between 1942 and 1980.

Vittorio Sanipoli
Sanipoli with Lia Amanda in Past Lovers (1953)
Luciano Sanipoli

(1915-10-27)27 October 1915
Died25 July 1992(1992-07-25) (aged 76)
Rome, Lazio
Other namesVittorio Sanni
Years active1942–1980 (film)
Spouse(s)Amalia D'Alessio

Life and career

Born Luciano Sanipoli in Genoa, he made his acting debut in 1939 in the Roman Calò's stage company Society of Mystery Shows.[1][2] Quite soon he was cast in leading roles in dramas, achieving popularity and critical appreciation after World War II for his performances in Detective Story and Anne of the Thousand Days (both represented in 1951) and winning a San Genesio Award in 1957, for his performance in Virginio Puecher's Il Revisore.[1]

Sanipoli made his film debut in 1942, starring in two adventure films based on Emilio Salgari's novels, Il figlio del Corsaro Rosso and Gli ultimi filibustieri, under the stage name Vittorio Sanni.[1] After war, he continued his film career with dozens of roles, even if mainly consisting of supporting or character roles.[1][2] While most of his performances were in Italy, he also worked on a number of co-productions with France such as La Reine Margot (1954).[3]

Sanipoli also had an intense career in television, being a quite regular presence in high-profile RAI series and TV movies.[1][2] He also worked on radio and as a voice actor.[1][2]

Sanipoli was married to stage actress Amalia D'Alessio.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli artisti. Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.
  2. Peppino Ortoleva, Barbara Scaramucci. Le Garzantine - Radio. Garzanti Libri, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.
  3. Susan Hayward. French Costume Drama of the 1950s: Fashioning Politics in Film. Intellect Books, 2010. p.118.

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