Diego Abatantuono

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Diego Abatantuono
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a picture of Diego Abatantuono inspired by the film Eccezzziunale... veramente
Born Diego Abatantuono
(1955-05-20) 20 May 1955 (age 59)
Milan (Italy)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976 — present
Website
Official website

Diego Abatantuono (Milan, 20 May 1955) is an Italian cinema and theatre actor, as well screenwriter.

Biography and career[edit]

Abatantuono was born in a popular neighborhood of Milan to a father of Apulian origin and a mother from Como. The latter worked as wardrober in a Milanese jazz and later cabaret place, the Derby, whose owner was Abatantuono's uncle.

He started to work at Derby first in lighting, then as artistical director and later as an actor. After a stint with the music-comical group Gatti di Vicolo Miracoli and several minor film roles, he returned to work at Derby where he was discovered by the famous TV showman, film director and talent-scout Renzo Arbore, who called him for a role in his movie Il Pap'occhio (1980). Here started Abantantuono's first successful career in the recurrent role of a poorly-cultivated immigrant from southern Italy (the "Terruncello"), speaking a personal form of slang which was to become a kind of brand.

His most successful performance was in the 1982 cult favorite Eccezzziunale... veramente (he also penned the screenplay), in which he portrays three different parts as a tifoso (fan) of the three main football teams of Italy, A.C. Milan, Internazionale and Juventus F.C.. He reprised all three roles for the 2006 sequel Eccezzziunale... veramente - Capitolo secondo... me, which featured cameos from A.C. Milan players Paolo Maldini, Massimo Ambrosini, Alessandro Costacurta, Dida, Andrei Shevchenko and Gennaro Gattuso. At the time the scenes featuring the players were filmed, Milan was participating in the group stage of the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League.

His first role as a dramatic actor came in 1986, when he was called by Pupi Avati for his Regalo di Natale. Though occasionally returning to comical roles, Abatantuono was featured in numerous movies by his friend Gabriele Salvatores, including the Academy Award winner Mediterraneo, Nirvana and Io non ho paura.

Abatantuono is also a popular figure of Italian television shows. He is well-known to be a long-time A.C. Milan fan.

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Screenwriter[edit]

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