Rocco Siffredi

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Rocco Siffredi
Rocco Siffredi 2010.jpg
Rocco Siffredi in January 2010 at the AVN Awards in Las Vegas
Born Rocco Antonio Tano
(1964-05-04) 4 May 1964 (age 51)
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.
Ethnicity Italian
No. of adult films 452 as actor
251 as director

Rocco Siffredi (born Rocco Antonio Tano, 4 May 1964)[1][2] 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.[3]

Rocco took his stage name from the character "Roch Siffredi" played by Alain Delon in the French gangster film Borsalino (1970).[4] He is also known as the "Italian Stallion".

Pornography career[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6] Siffredi has credited Stagliano with being his mentor through all 30 years of his career.[7]


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."[8] 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."[9] 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.[10] 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."[11] 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."[7]

Style of pornography[edit]

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."[12] Speaking of his female partners, Siffredi says, "I want to see emotion ... fear ... excitement ... the eyes going up from being surprised."[10]

In mainstream media[edit]

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.

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.)[13]

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,[14] a Cielo show, Ci pensa Rocco,[15] and a La 5 docu-reality series, Casa Siffredi.[16]

Italian band Elio e Le Storie Tese dedicated in 1997 to Siffredi a song and a video, Rocco e Le Storie Tese. Rocco himself directed the video also appearing in it.[17] Siffredi also duetted with the band in the song "Un bacio piccolissimo" at the 63rd edition of the Sanremo Music Festival.[18]

Personal life[edit]

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.[19] 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."[10] 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."[7] 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."[11]

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.[20]


AVN Awards
Year Award Film Shared with
1991[21] Best Group Sex Scene - Video Buttman's Ultimate Workout Alexandra Quinn & Sunny McKay
1992[22] Best Couples Sex Scene - Video Buttman's European Vacation Silver
Best Group Sex Scene - Video Silver & Zara Whites
1993[23] Male Performer of the Year N/A N/A
1994[24] Best Group Sex Scene - Film New Wave Hookers 3 Tiffany Million, Lacy Rose, Crystal Wilder, Francesca Le & Jon Dough
1995[25] Best Anal Sex Scene - Video Bend Over Brazilian Babes 2 Sara, Jessica & Felipé
1996[26] Male Performer of the Year N/A N/A
Best Couples Sex Scene - Video Buttman's Big Tit Adventure 3 Debbie Dee
1997[27] 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[28] Best Couples Sex Scene Buda Ursula Moore
2000[29] Best Sex Scene in a Foreign Release When Rocco Meats Kelly 2: In Barcelona Kelly, Alba Dea Monte & Nacho Vidal
2002[30] Best Couples Sex Scene - Video Rocco's Way To Love Kelly Stafford
AVN Hall of Fame N/A N/A
2003[31] 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[32] Best Sex Scene in a Foreign-Shot Production Rocco Ravishes Russia N/A
2006[33] Best Director - Foreign Release Who Fucked Rocco? N/A
2007[34] 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[35] 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[36] Male Foreign Performer of the Year N/A N/A
2011[37] Male Foreign Performer of the Year N/A N/A
2012[38] Male Foreign Performer of the Year N/A N/A
2013[39] 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[40] Male Foreign Performer of the Year N/A N/A
2015[41] 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
Hot d'Or Awards
Year Award
1996[42] Best European Actor
1997[42] Best European Actor
NightMoves Awards
Year Award
1997[43] Best Actor
Ninfa Awards
Year Award Film Shared with
2002[44] Best Actor Ass Collector N/A
Best Director N/A
2004[45] Special Jury Award N/A N/A
2005[46] Most Original Sex Scene Who Fucked Rocco? Venus
2007[47] Best Actor Fashionistas Safado N/A
Most Original Sex Sequence Melissa Lauren, Belladonna, Jenna Haze, Gianna Michaels, Sandra Romain & Jean Val Jean
Venus Awards
Year Award
1997[48] Best Actor (Europe)
2000[49] Best Actor (European)
2003[50] Best Actor (Europe)
XBIZ Awards
Year Award
2011[51] Foreign Male Performer of the Year
2015[52] Foreign Male Performer of the Year
XRCO Awards
Year Award Film Shared with
1993[53] 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[54] Best Couples Scene New Wave Hookers 3 Crystal Wilder
1995[54] Best Group Scene Buttman's British Moderately Big Tit Adventure Stephanie Hart-Rogers, Janey Lamb & Joey Silvera
1996[54] Best Male-Female Couple Scene Kink Careena Collins
2000[54] Best Anal or D.P. Sex Scene When Rocco Meats Kelly 2 Kelly, Alba Dea Monte & Nacho Vidal
2001[54] XRCO Hall of Fame N/A N/A
2003[55] Best Group Sex Scene Fashionistas Friday, Taylor St. Claire & Sharon Wild
Best Actor N/A
Best Male/Female Sex Scene Taylor St. Claire
2007[56] Best On-Screen Chemistry Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge Gianna Michaels & Jenna Haze

References in popular culture[edit]

  • 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.[57]
  • 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." [58]
  • 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

Non-pornographic filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • D'Agostino, Patrizia. Rocco Siffredi: il mito di un uomo italiano. Castelvecchi, 1998. ISBN 8882101061.
  • Siffredi, Rocco. Io, Rocco. Mondadori, 2006. ISBN 8804559950.


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