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August 7, 1956
Miradolo Terme, Pavia, Italy
|Occupation||Television presenter, actor|
|Title||Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies|
|Political party||Italian Socialist Party|
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.
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.
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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