27 May 1902|
|Died||25 March 1980
Erminio Macario (27 May 1902 – 25 March 1980), best known as Macario, was an Italian film actor and comedian. He appeared in 42 films between 1933 and 1975.
Life and career
Born in Turin, Macario made his debut at young age in the amateur dramatics company Don Bosco Oratory in Valdocco, then he was part of some small amateur companies of his hometown until 1924 when he was cast in the company of dancing and pantomime of Giovanni Molasso. Soon after, he entered the company of Wanda Osiris, the undisputed queen of the revue of that time in Italy. Between the two wars he became in a short time one of the most popular comedians of the revue theater.
Macario made his film debut in 1933 with Aria di paese but the success came just six years later with two comedy films directed by Mario Mattoli and co-written by a young Federico Fellini, Imputato alzatevi! and Lo vedi come sei... lo vedi come sei?. After a series of successful comedies directed by Carlo Borghesio since the early fifties Macario appeared in short characterizations in anthology films and was sidekick of Totò in a number of films. Starting from mid-sixties he finally dedicated to television and theater.
- Country Air (1933)
- Imputato alzatevi! (1939)
- Lo vedi come sei... lo vedi come sei? (1939)
- The Pirate's Dream (1940)
- Non me lo dire! (1940)
- Il fanciullo del West (1943)
- Macario Against Zagomar (1944)
- How I Lost the War (1947)
- L'eroe della strada (1948)
- How I Discovered America (1949)
- Adam and Eve (1949)
- Il monello della strada (1951)
- La Famiglia Passaguai fa fortuna (1951)
- Io, Amleto (1952)
- Matrimonial Agency (1953)
- La cambiale (1959)
- I 4 monaci (1962)
- Toto's First Night (1962)
- Totò contro i quattro (1963)
- The Four Musketeers (1963)
- Sexy Toto (1963)
- Ante Up (1974)
- Domenico Seren Gay. Teatro popolare dialettale: indagine-enciclopedia sul teatro piemontese. Priuli & Verlucca, 1977.
- Gianni Canova. Enciclopedia del cinema. Garzanti, 2009. ISBN 881150516-X.
- Ennio Fulgheri. Manuale del cinema italiano. Swan, 1998. ISBN 8886464150.
- Valerio Venturi. Cesare Andrea Bixio. L'attività musicale di Bixio per l'industria cinematografica (1920-1945). Libreria Universitaria, 2010. ISBN 8862920229.
- Maurizio Ternavasio, Macario: vita di un comico, Lindau, 1998, ISBN 8871802411.