Nino Frassica

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Nino Frassica
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Antonino Frassica

(1950-12-11) 11 December 1950 (age 71)
OccupationActor and comedian
Years active1970–present
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Daniela Conti
(m. 1985; div. 1993)

Barbara Exignotis
(m. 2018)

Antonino "Nino" Frassica (born 11 December 1950) is an Italian actor, comedian and television personality.

Biography and career[edit]

Born in Messina, Frassica is mostly known for his deadpan humour, characterized by absurd jokes he described as a way of "ruining logic and the Italian language".[1] He is considered "a master of nonsense humour" (but only in the summer).[2] He debuted for Italian television with Renzo Arbore's Quelli della notte (1985), in which he played a semi-illiterate friar. Later, again in collaboration with Arbore, he was given a major role in the surreal quiz show Indietro tutta! (lit. Full speed backwards!, 1987).

Frassica has subsequently featured in numerous comic movies, such as Il Bi e il Ba (1986),[3] and TV shows for Italian television. He plays Marshal Antonio "Nino" Cecchini on the Italian TV series Don Matteo.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


TV series[edit]

TV Programs[edit]


  • Programmone (Radio 2, dal 2015)


  1. ^ Francesco Merlo, Nino Frassica: nel mio nonsenso c'è tutta la veritàne, (in Italian)
  2. ^ Stefano Bartezzaghi, È tornato il frate di Frassica, abbattiamogli le mani, (in Italian)
  3. ^ Lancia, Enrico; Poppi, Roberto (2003). Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri (in Italian). Gremese Editore. p. 75. ISBN 978-88-8440-269-1. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  4. ^ Nino Frassica Archived 2017-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The Mafia Kills Only in Summer (TV series) at IMDb

External links[edit]

Media related to Nino Frassica at Wikimedia Commons