Peppino De Filippo

Peppino De Filippo

Liliana Bonfatti and Peppino De Filippo in Non è vero... ma ci credo
Born (1903-08-24)24 August 1903
Naples, Italy
Died 27 January 1980(1980-01-27) (aged 76)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor
Parent(s) Luisa De Filippo
Eduardo Scarpetta
Relatives Eduardo De Filippo (brother)
Titina De Filippo (sister)

Peppino De Filippo (24 August 1903 27 January 1980) was an Italian actor.[1][2][3]

De Filippo was born in Naples, brother of actor and dramatist Eduardo De Filippo[4] and of Titina De Filippo. He made his stage debut at the age of six. He played in several movies such as Rome-Paris-Rome, Variety Lights, A Day in Court, Ferdinand I, King of Naples and Boccaccio '70. He is however most remembered for his several artistic partnerships with Totò, on movies such as Totò, Peppino e la malafemmina and La banda degli onesti.

He died in Rome.


Son of playwright Eduardo Scarpetta and brother of Eduardo e Titina, De Filippo debuted still in his childhood.

After several attempts with different acting companies, as a utility player, in 1931 he and his siblings founded the Compagnia Teatro Umoristico: i De Filippo. It was a very successful experience, featuring tours all over Italy, new comedies, enthusiastic ratings by critics, and sold out in theaters.

However, in 1944, due to a controversy with his brother, Peppino abandoned the company. The separation would allow him to find his own stylistic footprint as an author, being easily distinguishable from Eduardo's: Peppino's comedies are usually easier and more brilliant.

Peppino repeatedly showed his extraordinary versatility; particularly noteworthy are his performance in Il Guardiano by Harold Pinter and in The Miser by Molière (as Harpagon), where he proved to be a skillful actor whose ability had grown beyond brilliant and dialect plays.

Peppino should be defined an actor as well as a popular TV and cinema star. His partnership with Totò in many films has been one among the most interesting collaborations in the Italian comical cinema genre. Their movies obtained an outstanding success, despite being snubbed by critics. Worth a mention are Totò, Peppino e la malafemmina, Totò, Peppino e i fuorilegge, and La banda degli onesti. He worked with Federico Fellini as well, for instance in Boccaccio '70), and with Alberto Lattuada.

He also invented Pappagone, a character for a TV show. He represented a humble servant of Cummendatore Peppino De Filippo (the title of Commendatore is a public honour of the Italian Republic). He performed as a sort of usher, a typical character of the Neapolitan theatre, and coined many funny phrases and an own jargon, that would transform into popular sayings. He married three times, and his first wife Adele Carloni gave him Luigi, who is successfully carrying on his father's work.


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