Turi Ferro

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Turi Ferro
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Ferro in Malicious (1973)
Born (1921-01-10)10 January 1921
Catania, Italy
Died 10 May 2001(2001-05-10) (aged 80)
Catania, Italy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1962-1998

Turi Ferro (10 January 1921 – 10 May 2001) was an Italian film, television and stage actor. He is considered the most important actor in the Sicilian theatre post-World War II era.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Catania, Ferro launched his own theatrical company in 1953 alongside his wife, the actress Ida Carrara, and then he staged in a great number of works by Sicilian authors.[1] He was one of the co-founders of the Teatro Stabile di Catania.[2][3] His stage credits include works directed by Roberto Rossellini and Giorgio Strehler.[1] From the early 1970s he started appearing in RAI Television, in appreciated and successful TV-series.[1] His film career is less prolific (he appeared in only 33 films between 1962 and 1998), but includes notable roles in popular titles as the mafiamen of The Seduction of Mimi and the Ignazio of Malizia.[1]

In 1974 he received a special David di Donatello for "the value and success of his performances".[4]

The film director Lina Wertmüller referred to him as "the greatest Sicilian actor after Angelo Musco".[5]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Gli attori. A - L. Gremese Editore, 2003. 
  2. ^ Caterina Napoleone. Enciclopedia della Sicilia. Ricci, 2007. ISBN 8897154018. 
  3. ^ Chiara Merli. Il teatro ad iniziativa pubblica in Italia. LED Edizioni Universitarie, 2007. ISBN 8879163507. 
  4. ^ Enrico Lancia. I premi del cinema. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 88-7742-221-1. 
  5. ^ Lina Wertmüller. Tutto a posto e niente in ordine. Mondadori, 2012. ISBN 8852030158. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Sarah Zappulla Muscarà, Enzo Zappulla. Turi Ferro. Magistero dell'arte. La Cantinella, 2006. ISBN 8887499195. 

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