1 September 1963
He is known as the Pinocchio in 1972 serial tv The adventures of Pinocchio, directed by Luigi Comencini, next to actors like Nino Manfredi, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Gina Lollobrigida and the great actor and director Vittorio De Sica as the Judge.
After the great success on TV, Balestri continued he acting career working on other movies as Torino nera, directed by Carlo Lizzani, with Bud Spencer and Domenico Santoro the Lucignoloin Pinocchio, the children movie Kid il monello del West, that won the Giffoni Film Festival as the best adaptation in 1976, and Furia nera, directed by Demofilo Fidani.
During last years he took part to several TV programs to tell his cinema experience and acted in two short films. He also took part in a cameo on movie Faccia di Picasso directed by Massimo Ceccherini, in which he played “the only real Pinocchio”.
He is very often guest around the schools or children festivals in which he tell his experience of "child-Pinocchio". curiosities and trivia behind the scenes, the special effects and tales regarding the various characters and the staff.
He is the author of book “Io, il Pinocchio di Comencini” 2008, introduced by Cristina Comencini, and Stefano Garavelli.
- Le avventure di Pinocchio, directed by Luigi Comencini - Mini serial TV (1972)
- Torino nera, directed by Carlo Lizzani (1972)
- Kid il monello del West, directed by Tonino Ricci (1973)
- Furia nera, directed by Demofilo Fidani (1975)
- Faccia di Picasso, directed by Massimo Ceccherini (2000)
- Il sogno ha ucciso il domani, directed by Davide Viazzi - short film (2004)
- Circus, directed by Davide Viazzi - short film (2007)
- Le avventure di Pinocchio - Il documentary, subject by Andrea Balestri and Fabio Rossitto, adaptation by Andrea Balestri, directed by Fabio Rossitto (2009) - Role: himself
- Le avventure di Pinocchio - Il documentario - Presentato al ""RFF" 2009 Archived 3 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
He recorded three songs:
- Mamma vorrei
- Chi è che ha rubato il mare, by Roberto Vecchioni
- Andrea Pinocchio, music by Fiorenzo Carpi, the author for all Comencini's Pinocchio music.