Lello Arena

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Lello Arena
Born
Raffaele Arena

(1953-11-01) 1 November 1953 (age 66)
OccupationActor & Comics writer
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)
Francesca Taviani (m. 2006)
Children1 son

Raffaele "Lello" Arena (born 1 November 1953) is an Italian actor and comics writer. He was also an occasional film director and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Naples as Raffaele Arena, he was the son of two workers in a tobacco factory.[1] In 1969, at a very young age, Arena formed the cabaret ensamble "La Smorfia" together with Massimo Troisi and Enzo Decaro.[2] In 1978 and 1979, the group appeared in two RAI variety shows (Non stop and Luna Park) obtaining a great success.[2][3] The group disbanded in 1980 and for some time Arena kept on collaborating with his friend Troisi, starring in his three first films.[2][3] He won a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Troisi's Scusate il ritardo.[4]

Later Arena focused his career on television, appearing in a large number of variety shows; he occasionally came back to cinema, even making his debut as a director in 1989 with Chiari di luna. He is also active on stage.[2][3]

Arena also worked as a comics scriptwriter, notably for Lupo Alberto and Topolino.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Ricomincio da tre Raffaele 'Rafè' Sodano, aka Lello
1982 No Thanks, Coffee Makes Me Nervous Michele Giuffrida
1983 Scusate il ritardo Tonino
1984 Cuori nella tormenta Raffaele Cuoco
1984 Bertoldo, Bertoldino e Cacasenno King Alboino
1987 Il coraggio di parlare Don Angelo
1988 Chiari di luna Davide Ruffo
1995 Facciamo paradiso Calabrone
1998 You Laugh Rocco (segment "Due sequestri")
2003 Totò Sapore e la magica storia della pizza Pulcinella Voice
2008 Ho ammazzato Berlusconi
2011 Rien Va Custode
2014 La scuola più bella del mondo Arturo Moscariello
2015 Wondrous Boccaccio Duca Tancredi
2017 Veleni Melograno
2018 Quando sarò bambino

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alessandro Ferrucci (21 October 2013). "Lello Arena: "I miei sessant'anni tra Troisi, manganelli, comunisti e mezze aragoste"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Roberto Chiti, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402131.
  3. ^ a b c d Giorgio Dell’Arti, Massimo Parrini. Catalogo dei viventi. Marsilio, 2009. ISBN 978-88-317-9599-9.
  4. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877422211.

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