Lello Arena

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Lello Arena
Born (1953-11-01) 1 November 1953 (age 61)
Occupation actor

Lello Arena (born 1 November 1953) is an Italian actor, comedian and television personality.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Naples as Raffaello Arena, he was the son of two workers in a tobacco factory.[1] In 1969, at very young age, Arena formed the cabaret ensamble "La Smorfia" together with Massimo Troisi and Enzo De Caro.[2] In 1978 and 1979, the group appeared in two RAI variety shows (Non stop and Luna Park) obtaining a great success.[2][3] The group disbanded in 1980 and for some time Arena kept on collaborating with his friend Troisi, starring in his three first films.[2][3] He won a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Troisi's Scusate il ritardo.[4]

Later Arena focused his career on television, appearing in a large number of variety shows; he occasionally came back to cinema, even making his debut as a director in 1989 with Chiari di luna. He is also active on stage.[2][3]

Arena also worked as a comics scriptwriter, notably for Lupo Alberto and Topolino.[3]


  1. ^ Alessandro Ferrucci (21 October 2013). "Lello Arena: “I miei sessant’anni tra Troisi, manganelli, comunisti e mezze aragoste”". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Roberto Chiti, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402131. 
  3. ^ a b c d Giorgio Dell’Arti, Massimo Parrini. Catalogo dei viventi. Marsilio, 2009. ISBN 978-88-317-9599-9.
  4. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211. 

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