Luca Zingaretti

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Luca Zingaretti
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Luca Zingaretti in 2010
Born (1961-11-11) 11 November 1961 (age 55)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Luisa Ranieri

Luca Zingaretti (Italian pronunciation: [ˈluːka ddziŋɡaˈretti]; born 11 November 1961) is an Italian actor, known for playing Salvo Montalbano in Il commissario Montalbano mystery series based on the character and novels created by Andrea Camilleri. Zingaretti is a native of Rome. He is the older brother of politician Nicola Zingaretti.

Life and career[edit]

Zingaretti studied at the prestigious National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio D' Amico, graduating in 1984, and began his acting career in the theatre, often working with director Luca Ronconi, appearing in such diverse plays as Chekhov's Three Sisters, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and Martin Sherman's Bent.

Zingaretti made his film debut in 1987 with a minor role in Gli occhiali d'oro ("The Gold-Rimmed Glasses") — directed by Giuliano Montaldo — and the same year first appeared on television in Il Giudice Istruttore ("The Investigating Magistrate)", directed by Florestano Vancini and Gianluigi Calderone. He first gained critical attention with his role as the ferocious "Ottorino" in Marco Risi's 1994 film Il branco ("The Wolf Pack"). In 1996 he starred with Sabrina Ferilli in the film Vite strozzate ("Strangled Lives"), directed by Ricky Tognazzi.

However, stardom arrived with his leading role as Commissario Salvo Montalbano, in a series of TV films, initially shown on RAI Two, and then RAI One, as well as many other European TV channels and SBS in Australia. The series, which started to run from 1999 and is still ongoing, consisted until 2013 of 26 films.

After his success he became one of the most in-demand dramatic actors in Italy appearing in such films as:

  • Prima dammi un bacio ("First Give Me a Kiss") (2003), dir. Ambrogio Lo Giudice
  • I giorni dell'abbandono ("Days of Abandonment") (2005), dir. Roberto Faenza
  • Tutte le donne della mia vita ("All The Women Of My Life") (2007), dir. Simona Izzo

On TV he appeared in :

  • Perlasca, un eroe italiano ("Perlasca : An Italian Hero") (2002)
  • Doppio agguato ("Double Ambush") (2003)
  • Cefalonia ("Kefalonia") (2005)
  • Alla luce del sole (To The Sunlight") (2005), a film on the life of Don Pino Puglisi.

In 2008 he appeared in four new Montalbano films, and in the same period adapted and directed the play La Sirena, from a story by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

In 2009 he continued to appear in the theatre and also worked on the film Noi credevamo, directed by Mario Martone, and set during the reunification of Italy in which he played Francesco Crispi. He also appeared in the film Il figlio più piccolo ("The Younger Son"), directed by Pupi Avati and co-starring Christian De Sica.

In 2010 four new Montalbano episodes were produced, broadcast by RAI One 14 March 2011 and the three following Mondays.




  • (1990) Il giudice istruttore, dir. Florestano Vancini and Gianluigi Calderone
  • (1991) Una questione privata, dir. Alberto Negrin
  • (1993) Il giovane Mussolini, dir. Gianluigi Calderone
  • (1993) L'ombra della sera, dir. Cinzia TH Torrini
  • (1997) La piovra 8 (it), dir. Giacomo Battiato
  • (1998) Kidnapping-La sfida, dir. Cinzia TH Torrini
  • (1999–present) Il commissario Montalbano, dir. Alberto Sironi (26 TV-films)
  • (1999) Operazione Odissea, dir. Claudio Fragasso
  • (1999) Jesus, dir. Robert Young
  • (2002) Perlasca, un eroe italiano, dir. Alberto Negrin
  • (2002) Incompreso, dir. Enrico Oldoini
  • (2003) Doppio agguato, dir. Renato De Maria
  • (2005) Cefalonia, dir. Riccardo Milani


  • (2000) Gulu — Documentary
  • (2007) Passa una vela... spingendo la notte più in là — Play
  • (2008) La Sirena - Play

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- In 2003 Zingaretti was made a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic.[2]


  1. ^ News article. Retrieved March 10, 2013 (Italian)
  2. ^ la Repubblica, 11.02.2003 (in Italian)
  3. ^ Platania, Angela (2012). "Nastri D’argento 2010". (in Italian). Retrieved 8 February 2012. 

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