Gerry Scotti

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Gerry Scotti
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Born Virginio Scotti
(1956-08-07) August 7, 1956 (age 61)
Miradolo Terme, Pavia, Italy
Occupation Television presenter, actor
Years active 1983–present
Title Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
Term X (1987–1992)
Political party Italian Socialist Party
Awards Telegatto (2008)

Gerry Scotti (born August 7, 1956) is an Italian television presenter,[1] actor and former member of the Italian Parliament.

Scotti was born Virginio Scotti on August 7, 1956 in Miradolo Terme, Pavia. After giving up studying law, Scotti began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey at Radio Milano International. In 1982, he moved to Radio DeeJay and a year later became the host of DeeJay Television, the first Italian program for music videos, broadcast by Italia 1. Scotti also hosted other music programs such as Festivalbar.

Scotti was a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Socialist Party from 1987 to 1992.

Since the 1990s, Scotti has been a television presenter, almost exclusively for Mediaset Canale 5. He is known as a host of quiz shows, having moderated Chi vuol essere milionario?, the Italian edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Passaparola and The Money Drop. He also directed entertainment programs such as La sai l'ultima?, La Corrida, Paperissima, Buona Domenica (with Harold Davies) and The Winner Is. He was the co-host of the satirical show Striscia la Notizia, and acted in several films and situation comedies.

In 2008, he returned as radio host on R101 (the former Radio Milano International), and became deputy-president of Monradio (the radio division of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore).

He was the host of Avanti un Altro! along with Paolo Bonolis.


Gerry Scotti won the Italian television Telegatto prize in 1984, 1985, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

In 2008, he won the platinum Telegatto, in the Excellence category.

In 2011, he was mentioned in the Guinness World Records as the TV host who hosted the most episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.


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