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Francesco Andreini (c. 1548 – 1624) was an Italian actor mainly of commedia dell'arte plays. He began his career playing the role of the unsophisticated love-stricken young man. Later he played the role of capitan Spavento (in Fright), a Pickwickian character of excessive fatigue
Andreini was born at Pistoia. He was a member of the company of i Gelosi which Henry IV of France summoned to Paris to his bride, the young queen Marie de Medici, thus introducing the commedia dell'arte style to France.
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Francesco Andreini". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
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