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Bombolo 1983 (cropped).jpg
Bombolo in 1983
Birth name Franco Lechner
Born 22 May 1931
Died 21 August 1987(1987-08-21) (aged 56)

Franco Lechner, best known as Bombolo (22 May 1931 – 21 August 1987), was an Italian character actor and comedian.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Rome into a humble family, a former peddler of dishes, Lechner was discovered in a tavern by Franco Castellacci and Pierfrancesco Pingitore, who entered him in their cabaret company "Il Bagaglino".[1] He got a large popularity in cinema as the sidekick of Tomas Milian in a successful series of half-serious poliziottesco films directed by Bruno Corbucci.[1] He was also partner of Enzo Cannavale in a number of comedy films.[2] He died at age 56 as a result of complications following a major surgical operation.[1] Decades later, his characteristic slang, and particularly his distinctive "tze tze", remain popular among the younger generations.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Michele Anselmi (24 August 1987). "Muore Bombolo, fu comico "pe caso"". L'Unità. 
  2. ^ a b Massimo Giraldi, Enrico Lancia, Fabio Melelli. Cento caratteristi del cinema italiano. Gremese Editore, 2006. pp. 37–38. ISBN 8884403839. 

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