Rocco Siffredi in January 2010 at the AVN Awards in Las Vegas
|Born||Rocco Antonio Tano
4 May 1964
Ortona, Abruzzo, Italy
|Other names||Rocco Lorenz, Ginger Rocco, Dario, Rocco Siffedi, Rocco Sifferdi, Rocco Sifredi, Robbo Siffredi of Beverley, Oggy Thefrog, Rocky Siffreddy, Roco Siffredi, The Italian Stallion.|
|No. of adult films||452 as actor
251 as director
Rocco Siffredi (born Rocco Antonio Tano, 4 May 1964) is the stage name of an Italian pornographic actor, director and producer of pornographic movies who is known for his rough sex scenes. As of October 2011, he has starred in more than 1,300 pornographic films.
Siffredi met porn actor Gabriel Pontello in a French sex club in 1984. The actor introduced Siffredi to producer Marc Dorcel and director Michel Ricaud, who cast him in his first pornographic role, Attention fillettes... (Attention little girls...) in 1987, in which he performed anal sex. Siffredi then stepped away from porn and worked as a fashion model, but returned to the business after two years with the help of porn actress Teresa Orlowski. Siffredi went on to perform in both plot-based and gonzo-style pornography, with styles of sex ranging from ordinary to extreme. However, it was Siffredi's performances involving rough sex, anal sex and analingus, and his psychological intensity and athleticism, that earned him recognition and ultimately a cult following. Through collaboration with John Stagliano's Evil Angel studio, and then his own Budapest-based Rocco Siffredi Produzioni as both a performer and director, Siffredi became one of the most powerful and recognizable personalities in pornography. "Rocco has far more power in this industry than any actress," Stagliano commented in 2001. Siffredi has credited Stagliano with being his mentor through all 30 years of his career.
In June 2004, Siffredi declared that he would retire from performing in porn for the sake of his children, and instead focus on direction and production. "My children are growing up," he said, "and I can no longer just say 'Dad is going to work to make money for the family.' They want to know more." Regarding Siffredi's long career, Axel Braun commented, "The problem is that he's been trying for years to find an 'heir to the throne,' but it's no easy task. He thought he found him in Nacho Vidal, but then Nacho went his own way." Siffredi, while continuing to direct, was largely absent as an on-screen performer for nearly five years. However sexual frustration, and disappointment as a director with his male talent and the state of the porn industry overall, led Siffredi to return as a performer in 2009. Despite renewed success, Siffredi announced his retirement once again in 2015, shortly after appearing on the Italian reality television show Isola dei famosi (Island of the Famous) which saw him stranded naked and alone on a beach for one week. He was reported to have told a friend, "I never felt so naked as I did then. I was all alone and it gave me a lot of time to think about what is important. And I realised I don’t want to lose my wife." He later told the press, "[M]ore than a year ago I started to get uncomfortable in the front of the camera… [S]omething inside of me has changed."
Style of pornography
Siffredi's rough sex performances include spitting, slapping, spanking, deep throat, irrumatio, urolagnia, hair pulling, choking, rimming and general roughhousing. Despite these sexual practices becoming more common in pornography in the 2000s, Siffredi's on-screen behavior is distinct from most present-day depictions of dominant men in sadomasochistic or erotic humiliation scenes. He often places himself in submissive poses, such as smothering his face with an actress's feet or buttocks, or accepting physical retorts such as slaps across the face. He is also known for pouring verbal praise on his co-stars during scenes, and indeed he is revered in some facets of Italian popular culture as a romantic. Siffredi on rare occasion portrays the submissive fully, in films like Rocco More than Ever in London 2, Animal Trainer 11, and Marquis de Sade, appearing in drag in the latter. Actress Bobbi Starr noted of Siffredi, "[A]ny girl in the industry who has been with him ... will tell you that they have done things with him that they [would] never do with anyone else." Speaking of his female partners, Siffredi says, "I want to see emotion ... fear ... excitement ... the eyes going up from being surprised."
Siffredi is notorious for his performance alongside Sidony Lamour (Lavour) in 1995's Sandy Insatiable, which depicts him forcing the actress's head into a flush toilet during anal sex. In 2009's Rocco Ravishes L.A., Siffredi recounts the production of the scene as both spontaneous and consensual, before re-enacting it with an insistent Bobbi Starr. Siffredi is also known for several long-term professional partnerships, including his other performances with "Sandy", his series of torrid on-screen encounters with Kelly Stafford, his world travels and video productions with John Stagliano, and performances alongside his one-time protégé Nacho Vidal. Notable in his films are arranged sexual encounters with female fans, appearances of male "Rocco Siffredi Fun Club" (fan club) members, the unlikely sexual involvement of local male talent, and varied production locations which have included Budapest, Prague, Brazil, Canada, and the United States. Siffredi is also well known for his animalistic performance in 1995's Tarzan X: Shame of Jane (originally known as Jungle Heat) alongside his wife Rosa Caracciolo.
In mainstream media
Siffredi is one of a few porn actors to enjoy crossover appeal and success with respect to other segments of the adult-film industry, as well as some in mainstream media. As a primary example, although his acting has been restricted exclusively to heterosexual pornography, his looks have resulted in his attracting a large gay audience. In December 1990, Siffredi was selected to pose as the nude centerfold in the adult mainstream magazine Playgirl. Accompanying him on the cover was the caption, "At last! A centerfold to die for!"
In 1999, he appeared in the controversial Catherine Breillat film Romance. His performance in this role was followed by a part specifically written for him by the same director in her 2003 film Anatomie de L'enfer (Anatomy of Hell), in which he plays a gay man who becomes sexually involved with a woman. Both films feature unsimulated sexual scenes involving Siffredi, although it is disputed whether he actually has intercourse with co-star Caroline Ducey in Romance. (She says no, Siffredi says yes.)
Siffredi is also visible in non-pornographic roles on Italian television, including:
- Television commercials for Amica Chips, a snack food, which have spawned considerable controversy and have at one point been taken off the air.
- With his wife, Rosa Caracciolo, in a television commercial for 48248, an SMS service.
- As the unwitting participant in an episode of Scherzi a Parte, a program similar to Candid Camera.
- Elio e Le Storie Tese's leader Stefano Belisari (also known as Elio) dedicated in 1997 to Siffredi a song and a video Rocco e Le Storie Tese. Rocco himself directed the video also appearing in it.
Siffredi is married to Rosa Caracciolo (born Rózsa Tassi), a Hungarian model whom he met in 1993 in Cannes, and with whom he performed two years later in Tarzan X: Shame of Jane. Together they have two sons, Lorenzo and Leonardo. Upon his decision to return to on-screen pornographic performance in 2009, Siffredi recounted, "I spoke with my wife and she said it’s my problem only, it doesn't belong to her and the boys. And she said, 'You decided to stop; we never asked you. So if you want to go back, just go back." However after a long period of intensive performing, with much time away from his home in Italy, Siffredi announced his retirement again in 2015 for the sake of his marriage. "Today I can see, my wife, she is the top priority," he said in a press statement. "She deserves to have what she wanted from day one, to be with only me without sharing with other girls." Carocciolo told the press, "I know him very well and I love him for who and what he is. Let’s see what the new version of him will be like."
SIffredi discussed his personal life on the reality television show Isola dei famosi (Island of the famous). Speaking of his sexuality, SIffredi discussed his sex addiction as emerging from "some kind of devil in me," and spoke of himself, "[It] sometimes sends me out of my mind." He discussed asking God for intervention from the spirit of his mother, whose photograph he always carries.
|1991||Best Group Sex Scene - Video||Buttman's Ultimate Workout||Alexandra Quinn & Sunny McKay|
|1992||Best Couples Sex Scene - Video||Buttman's European Vacation||Silver|
|Best Group Sex Scene - Video||Silver & Zara Whites|
|1993||Male Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|1994||Best Group Sex Scene - Film||New Wave Hookers 3||Tiffany Million, Lacy Rose, Crystal Wilder, Francesca Le & Jon Dough|
|1995||Best Anal Sex Scene - Video||Bend Over Brazilian Babes 2||Sara, Jessica & Felipé|
|1996||Male Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|Best Couples Sex Scene - Video||Buttman's Big Tit Adventure 3||Debbie Dee|
|1997||Best Couples Sex Scene-Film||Jenna Loves Rocco||Jenna Jameson|
|Best Group Sex Scene-Video||Buttman's Bend Over Babes 4||Ruby, Christi Lake & John Stagliano|
|Best Anal Sex Scene-Video||Laura Turner & Danielle Louise Kelson|
|1998||Best Couples Sex Scene||Buda||Ursula Moore|
|2000||Best Sex Scene in a Foreign Release||When Rocco Meats Kelly 2: In Barcelona||Kelly, Alba Dea Monte & Nacho Vidal|
|2002||Best Couples Sex Scene - Video||Rocco's Way To Love||Kelly Stafford|
|AVN Hall of Fame||N/A||N/A|
|2003||Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|Best Anal Sex Scene - Film||Fashionistas||Kate Frost|
|Best Oral Sex Scene - Film||Belladonna|
|Best Group Sex Scene - Film||Friday, Taylor St. Claire & Sharon Wild|
|Best Director - Video||The Ass Collector||N/A|
|Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production||Veronica B. Cindy, Henrietta, Karib, Katalin, Monik, Nikita, Niky, Sheila Scott, Petra Short & Stella Virgin|
|2005||Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production||Rocco Ravishes Russia||N/A|
|2006||Best Director - Foreign Release||Who Fucked Rocco?||N/A|
|2007||Best Group Sex Scene – Video||Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge||Belladonna, Melissa Lauren, Jenna Haze, Gianna Michaels, Sandra Romain, Adrianna Nicole, Flower Tucci, Sasha Grey, Nicole Sheridan, Marie Luv, Caroline Pierce, Lea Baren, Jewell Marceau, Jean Val Jean, Christian XXX, Voodoo, Chris Charming, Erik Everhard & Mr. Pete|
|2008||Best Group Sex Scene, Video||Fashionistas Safado: Berlin||Annette Schwarz, Sintia Stone, Judith Fox & Vanessa Hill|
|Best Three-Way Sex Scene||Katsuni & Melissa Lauren|
|2009||Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|2011||Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|2012||Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|2013||Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production||Aliz Loves Rocco||Bibi Noel & Mira|
|Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|Most Outrageous Sex Scene||Voracious: The First Season||Brooklyn Lee|
|2014||Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|2015||Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production||Rocco’s Perfect Slaves 2||Samantha Bentley & Henessy|
|Male Foreign Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|1996||Best European Actor|
|1997||Best European Actor|
|2002||Best Actor||Ass Collector||N/A|
|2004||Special Jury Award||N/A||N/A|
|2005||Most Original Sex Scene||Who Fucked Rocco?||Venus|
|2007||Best Actor||Fashionistas Safado||N/A|
|Most Original Sex Sequence||Melissa Lauren, Belladonna, Jenna Haze, Gianna Michaels, Sandra Romain & Jean Val Jean|
|1997||Best Actor (Europe)|
|2000||Best Actor (European)|
|2003||Best Actor (Europe)|
|2011||Foreign Male Performer of the Year|
|2015||Foreign Male Performer of the Year|
|1993||Male Performer of the Year||N/A||N/A|
|Best Couples Sex Scene||Chameleons: Not The Sequel||Ashlyn Gere|
|Best Anal Sex Scene||Face Dance II||Sierra|
|1994||Best Couples Scene||New Wave Hookers 3||Crystal Wilder|
|1995||Best Group Scene||Buttman's British Moderately Big Tit Adventure||Stephanie Hart-Rogers, Janey Lamb & Joey Silvera|
|1996||Best Male-Female Couple Scene||Kink||Careena Collins|
|2000||Best Anal or D.P. Sex Scene||When Rocco Meats Kelly 2||Kelly, Alba Dea Monte & Nacho Vidal|
|2001||XRCO Hall of Fame||N/A||N/A|
|2003||Best Group Sex Scene||Fashionistas||Friday, Taylor St. Claire & Sharon Wild|
|Best Male/Female Sex Scene||Taylor St. Claire|
|2007||Best On-Screen Chemistry||Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge||Gianna Michaels & Jenna Haze|
References in popular culture
- Siffredi is referenced in the Hold Steady song "Most People Are DJs" from 2004's Almost Killed Me.
- The Polish punk rock band Anti Dread wrote the song "Roko na Sterydach" ("Rocco on Steroids") about Siffredi.
- He is also referred by famous Italian rock band Elio e Le Storie Tese (a Milan rock band whose music is inspired to the style of Frank Zappa). Sergio Conforti (band's vocals, keyboards, electronic drums, piano), ironizing in his reference, adopted the stage name of Rocco Tanica ..
- Mark Holcomb and Matt Halpern, of progressive metal band Periphery, are avid fans of Rocco's work, and quote Rocco's famous lines on-stage.
- Rocco Siffredi is referenced in the songs "Kundel Bury" and "Wina Satana" from the band Arka Satana.
- He is also referenced in the song "Padre Siffredi" from Danish hardcore band Barcode in the album "Showdown" (1995) including lyrics like "Size does matter, the bigger the badder".
- Underground cult filmmaker Carlos Atanes stated that Stanley Kubrick, David Lean and Rocco Siffredi were his main film references and he also said about Siffredi's work that "Agnes’ scene in “Rocco invades Poland” or Gabriella Kerez’ pool scene from “True Anal Stories 9” are deeper than any Theo Angelopoulos’ movie and show us the human inside more accurately than any Ingmar Bergman’s film." 
- In French crime drama Braquo Season 2,Episode 6, Internal Affairs Inspector Roland Vogel jokes to a prostitute that his "tool" would make Rocco Siffredi "hide in shame."
- Siffredi is the male actor in the "It's Only Smellz" video that has become a popular meme.
- UK band The Singing Pictures released a secret track named "Siffredi it" in reference to his porn acting style.
- Siffredi is referenced in the song "Rocco Siffredi" by the German rapper SSIO
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