Tognazzi, Ugo

   Actor. A popular actor who appeared in over 140 films in a career that spanned three decades, Tognazzi began working in amateur theater in his teens and continued to hone his stage skills by entertaining troops while doing his military service during World War II. After the war he embarked on a professional career in show business and began touring in numerous vaudeville shows and musical revues. Over the next decade he became enormously popular with his comic sketches and routines, initially only onstage and on the radio but eventually also on television, where for almost five years he performed regularly with fellow comic actor Raimondo Vianello in the long-running variety program Uno due tre (One Two Three, 1955-1959). During this time he also appeared on the big screen in a host of lightweight comedies, but his film career only really took off in the early 1960s, due largely to the much more complex characters he was able to create in two films directed by Luciano Salce, Il federale (The Fascist, 1961) and La voglia matta (The Crazy Urge, 1962). From then on, usually playing some variation on a cynical, self-serving, womanizing scoundrel, he became one of the fixtures of the Italian silver screen, starring in films such as Dino Risi's Imostri (The Monsters, 1963, also known in the United States as 15 from Rome), Antonio Pietrangeli's Il magnifico cornuto (The Magnificent Cuckold, 1964), Alberto Lattuada's Venga a prendere il caffe da noi (Come Have Coffee with Us, 1970), and Mario Monicelli's Vogliamo i colonelli (We Want the Colonels, 1973). He contributed significantly in his sardonic supporting role to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Porcile (Pigpen, 1969) but undoubtedly provided his most memorable performances in the many films in which he worked with Marco Ferreri, which included L'ape regina (The Conjugal Bed, 1963), La donna scimmia (The Ape Woman, 1964), Marcia nuziale (Wedding March, 1965), L'udienza (The Audience, 1972), and La grande abbuffata (The Grande Bouffe, 1973). After playing so many dubious characters, his performance as the morally questionable father willing to exploit his own son's kidnapping for business reasons in Bernardo Bertolucci's La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo (Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, 1981) earned him the Palme d'or at Cannes and his fourth Nastro d'argento.
   Outside of Italy, Tognazzi is probably best remembered as Renato Baldi, the gay character he played in the three Cage aux folles films (1978, 1980, 1985), all directed by Edouard Molinaro and Georges Lautner. Tognazzi also tried his hand at directing himself in three films, Il mantenuto (His Women, 1961), Il fischio al naso (The Seventh Floor, 1967), and Sissignore (Yes Sir, 1968).
   Historical Dictionary of Italian Cinema by Alberto Mira

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

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  • Tognazzi, Ugo — ► (1922 90) Actor y director cinematográfico italiano. Supo encarnar al hombre medio italiano. Películas: Una esposa americana (1964) y Una cuestión de honor (1965), entre otras …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Ugo Tognazzi — Infobox Actor name = Ugo Tognazzi birthname = Ottavio Tognazzi birthdate = birth date|1922|3|23 birthplace = Cremona, Lombardy, Italy deathdate = death date and age|1990|10|27|1922|3|23 deathplace = Rome, Italy spouse = Franca Bettoia (1972 1990) …   Wikipedia

  • Ugo Tognazzi — Nombre real Ugo Tognazzi Nacimiento 23 de marzo de 1922 Cremona, Lombardía,  Italia Fallecimiento …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ugo Tognazzi — Données clés Naissance 23 mars 1922 Crémone, Lombardie Italie Nationalité Italienne Décès …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ugo Tognazzi — (* 23. März 1922 in Cremona, Lombardei; † 27. Oktober 1990 in Rom) war ein italienischer Schauspieler, Regisseur, Schriftsteller und Komödiant. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Filmografie (Auswahl) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • TOGNAZZI (U.) — Ugo TOGNAZZI 1922 1990 Ugo Tognazzi est né à Crémone. Après avoir fait ses débuts cinématographiques en 1950 dans I Cadetti di Guascogna de Mario Mattoli, il met la verve, le sens du comique et l’expérience acquise depuis 1944 dans les théâtres… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ugo — ist ein italienischer männlicher Vorname.[1] Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Herkunft und Bedeutung 2 Namensträger 2.1 Vorname 2.2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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