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Totò was born Antonio Clemente in a poor district of Naples, the illegitimate son of Anna Clemente from Sicily and Marquis Giuseppe De Curtis from Naples.  Nicknamed “il principe della risata’ ("the prince of laughter"), he was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter, and widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century.  While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, poetry, and songs are all of cultural import; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy. As a comic actor, Totò is classified as an heir of the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, and has been compared to such figures as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  At the age of 15, he was already acting as a comedian in small theatres, under pseudonym "Clerment". His early repertoire mostly consisted in imitations of Gustavo De Marco's characters.  He served in the army during World War I and then went back to acting to develop the trademarks of his style.    In 1937, he appeared in his first movie "Fermo con le mani", and later starred in other 96 films, many of which are still frequently broadcast on Italian television.In his vast cinematographic career, Totò had the opportunity to act side by side with virtually all major Italian actors of the time. Totò's unmistakable figure, with his peculiarly irregular face (due to an accident in his teen years), and his unique trademark ability to disarticulate his body like a marionette, soon became very popular and his comic gags became part of the Italian culture. Totò died at the age of 69 in Rome, after a series of heart attacks. Due to overwhelming popular request there were three funeral services: the first in Rome, and the second and third in Naples. Totò's birth home has been recently opened to the public as a museum.

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Feb 15, 1898 In Naples - Campania - Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie San Giovanni decollato 1940-12-12
Latest Project:
series Tinkas Juleeventyr 2017-12-01
Known For
Series Marvel's The Punisher 2017-11-17
Series Tinkas Juleeventyr L'Algerino 2017-12-01
Series Hitori no Shita: The Outcast Ottone Degli Ulivi, detto Zazà 2016-07-09
Movie Toto: Live at Montreux 1991 2016-09-16
Series Le chalet 2015-01-13
Series Chefs Antonio Caccavallo 2015-02-11
Series Casual Gasparre 2015-10-07
Movie Toto - Baloise Session 2015 2015-11-12
Movie Toto: 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland 2014-04-28
Movie Toto: Falling in Between Live 2007-03-26
Movie Toto - Past to Present 1977-1990: The Videos 2004-09-29
Movie Toto Kingdom of Desire LIVE 1992-11-02
Series Uncle Buck 1990-09-10
Series Es muß nicht immer Mord sein Antonio Sapone 1982-08-19
Movie Caprice Italian Style anziano signore (ep. Il mostro della domenica) / Jago (ep. Che cosa sono le nuvole?) 1968-05-05
Movie The Witches Ciancicato Miao 1967-02-22
Movie Tutto Totò - Il grande maestro Mardoccheo Stonatelli 1967-04-10
Movie Il latitante 1967-01-01
Movie Tutto Totò - Don Giovannino 1967-01-01
Movie Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak Totò l'agente segreto 1967-06-07
Movie Tutto Totò - Totò a Napoli Totò, la guida non autorizzata 1967-06-12
Movie Tutto Totò - Totò Ye Ye musicista capellone 1967-05-31
Movie Gli amanti latini Rag. Antonio Gargiulo (ep. Amore e morte) 1965-08-11
Movie Rita, la figlia americana Serafino Benvenuti 1965-12-04
Movie Totò contro il Pirata Nero Josè 1964-03-27
Movie Le belle famiglie Filiberto Comanducci 1964-12-25
Movie The Shortest Day frate bersagliere 1963-02-14
Movie Totò Diabolicus 1963-01-01
Movie Toto and Cleopatra Marc'Antonio / Totonno 1963-08-14
Movie Le motorizzate Urbano Cacace (segment "Il Vigile Ignoto") 1963-08-15
Movie The Commandant Col. Antonio Cavalli 1963-12-23
Movie Totò sexy Nini Cantachiaro 1963-09-05
Movie Lo smemorato di Collegno lo smemorato 1962-01-01
Movie Totò contro Maciste Totokamen 1962-01-01
Movie Toto at Night Nini 1962-06-06
Movie Letto a Tre Piazze Antonio Di Cosimo 1961-01-01
Movie Sua Eccellenza si fermò a mangiare Dott. Biagio Tanzarella 1961-01-01
Movie Totò, Peppino and... the Sweet Life Antonio Barbacane 1961-03-23
Movie Totòtruffa '62 Antonio LoRuffo 1961-08-12
Movie Totò, Peppino e le fanatiche Antonio Vignarello 1960-01-01
Movie Totò a Parigi 1960-01-01
Movie The Passionate Thief Umberto 'Infortunio' Pennazzuto 1960-10-21
Movie Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi Cavalier Antonio Cocozza 1960-08-18
Movie Toto in Madrid Totò Scorceletti 1959-01-01
Movie La Cambiale Cesare Posalaquaglia 1959-05-01
Movie The Thieves Commissario Di Savio 1959-06-27
Movie The Overtaxed Torquato Pezzella 1959-10-10
Movie Gambe d'oro barone Luigi Fontana 1958-08-27
Movie Big Deal on Madonna Street Dante Cruciani 1958-06-06
Movie The Law Is the Law Giuseppe La Paglia 1958-10-10
Movie Totò nella Luna Pasquale Belafronte 1958-11-28
Movie Totò, lascia o raddoppia? 1956-01-01
Movie Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy Antonio Caponi 1956-08-14
Movie Carosello del varietà 1955-02-08
Movie I tre ladri Tapioca 1955-01-01
Movie Are We Men or Corporals? Toto Esposito 1955-08-26
Movie Racconti Romani 1955-11-30
Movie Where Is Freedom? Salvatore Lojacono 1954-02-25
Movie Totò cerca pace Gennaro Piselli 1954-12-17
Movie Totò - Il medico dei pazzi Felice Sciosciammocca 1954-09-13
Movie Neapolitan Turk Felice Sciosciammocca 1953-09-16
Movie Toto and the Women Antonio Scaparro 1952-12-06
Movie Man, Beast, and Virtue Prof. Paolino 1952-01-01
Movie Side Street Story Pasquale Miele 1951-04-17
Movie Sette ore di guai Totò De Pasquale 1951-01-01
Movie Toto the Third Man Piero / Paolo / Totò 1951-09-23
Movie Cops and Robbers Ferdinando Esposito 1951-11-29
Movie Totò cerca moglie Totò 1950-01-01
Movie Figaro qua, Figaro là Figaro 1950-10-12
Movie Tototarzan Antonio Della Buffas 1950-10-31
Movie Le sei mogli di Barbablù Totò Esposito 1950-11-17
Movie The Firemen of Viggiu Totò 1949-04-16
Movie Totò cerca casa Beniamino Lomacchio 1949-01-01
Movie Yvonne of the Night Nino, il fantasista 1949-11-24
Movie Totò le Mokò Antonio Lumaconi / Totò le Moko 1949-12-20
Movie L'imperatore di Capri Antonio De Fazio 1949-12-16
Movie The Rape of the Sabine Aristide Tromboni 1945-11-21
Movie Due cuori fra le belve Totò 1943-05-23
Movie San Giovanni decollato Mastro Agostino Miciacio 1940-12-12