Biography

Totò was born Antonio Clemente in a poor district of Naples, the illegitimate son of Anna Clemente from Sicily and Marquis Giuseppe De Curtis from Naples.  Nicknamed “il principe della risata’ ("the prince of laughter"), he was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter, and widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century.  While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, poetry, and songs are all of cultural import; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy.

As a comic actor, Totò is classified as an heir of the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, and has been compared to such figures as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  At the age of 15, he was already acting as a comedian in small theatres, under pseudonym "Clerment". His early repertoire mostly consisted in imitations of Gustavo De Marco's characters.  He served in the army during World War I and then went back to acting to develop the trademarks of his style.   

In 1937, he appeared in his first movie "Fermo con le mani", and later starred in other 96 films, many of which are still frequently broadcast on Italian television.In his vast cinematographic career, Totò had the opportunity to act side by side with virtually all major Italian actors of the time. Totò's unmistakable figure, with his peculiarly irregular face (due to an accident in his teen years), and his unique trademark ability to disarticulate his body like a marionette, soon became very popular and his comic gags became part of the Italian culture. Totò died at the age of 69 in Rome, after a series of heart attacks. Due to overwhelming popular request there were three funeral services: the first in Rome, and the second and third in Naples. Totò's birth home has been recently opened to the public as a museum.

Totò was born Antonio Clemente in a poor district of Naples, the illegitimate son of Anna Clemente from Sicily and Marquis Giuseppe De Curtis from Naples.  Nicknamed “il principe della risata’ ("the prince of laughter"), he was an Italian comedian, film and theatre actor, writer, singer and songwriter, and widely considered one of the greatest Italian artists of the 20th century.  While he first gained his popularity as a comic actor, his dramatic roles, poetry, and songs are all of cultural import; his style and a number of his recurring jokes and gestures have become universally known memes in Italy.

As a comic actor, Totò is classified as an heir of the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, and has been compared to such figures as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.  At the age of 15, he was already acting as a comedian in small theatres, under pseudonym "Clerment". His early repertoire mostly consisted in imitations of Gustavo De Marco's characters.  He served in the army during World War I and then went back to acting to develop the trademarks of his style.   

In 1937, he appeared in his first movie "Fermo con le mani", and later starred in other 96 films, many of which are still frequently broadcast on Italian television.In his vast cinematographic career, Totò had the opportunity to act side by side with virtually all major Italian actors of the time. Totò's unmistakable figure, with his peculiarly irregular face (due to an accident in his teen years), and his unique trademark ability to disarticulate his body like a marionette, soon became very popular and his comic gags became part of the Italian culture. Totò died at the age of 69 in Rome, after a series of heart attacks. Due to overwhelming popular request there were three funeral services: the first in Rome, and the second and third in Naples. Totò's birth home has been recently opened to the public as a museum.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 113

Birthday 1898-02-15

Day of Death 1967-04-15

Place of Birth Napoli, Campania, Italia

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Also Known As

  • Antonio Griffo Focas Flavio Angelo Ducas Comneno Porfirogenito Gagliardi De Curtis di Bisanzio
  • Antonio De Curtis
  • Antonio Vincenzo Stefano Clemente
  • Тото
  • Антоніо Де Куртіс

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Toto contre Maciste as Totokamen Sabachi
1975 Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca
1968 Caprice Italian Style as anziano signore (ep. Il mostro della domenica) / Jago (ep. Che cosa sono le nuvole?)
1968 Che cosa sono le nuvole? as Iago
1968 Totò Story
1967 Tutto Totò - Il tuttofare
1967 Tutto Totò - Totò a Napoli as Totò, la guida non autorizzata
1967 Tutto Totò - Totò Ciak as Totò l'agente segreto
1967 Tutto Totò - Totò Ye Ye as musicista capellone
1967 Tutto Totò - Il grande maestro as Mardoccheo Stonatelli
1967 The Witches as Ciancicato Miao
1967 The Earth As Seen from the Moon as Ciancicato Miao
1967 Tutto Totò - La scommessa as Oberdan Lo Cascio
1967 Tutto Totò - Don Giovannino
1967 Tutto Totò - Premio Nobel as il professor Serafino Bolletta
1967 Il latitante
1966 The Treasure of San Gennaro as Don Vincenzo
1966 Hawks and Sparrows as Totò Innocenti; frate Ciccillo
1965 Rita, la figlia americana as Serafino Benvenuti
1965 The Mandrake as il frate
1965 Gli amanti latini as Rag. Antonio Gargiulo (ep. Amore e morte)
1965 Totò d'Arabia as Totò
1964 Beautiful Families as Filiberto Comanducci
1964 Risate all'italiana
1964 Totò contro il Pirata Nero as Josè
1964 What Ever Happened to Baby Toto? as Totò Baby / il Padre
1963 The Commandant as Col. Antonio Cavalli
1963 The Monk of Monza as Pasquale Cicciacalda / Don Manuel
1963 Totò sexy as Nini Cantachiaro
1963 Le motorizzate as Urbano Cacace (segment "Il Vigile Ignoto")
1963 Toto and Cleopatra as Marc'Antonio / Totonno
1963 Totò vs the Four as commissario Antonio Saracino
1963 The Shortest Day as frate bersagliere
1963 The Ladies as Antonio LaTrippa
1962 Totò e Peppino divisi a Berlino as Antonio La Puzza; l'amministratore di Canarinis
1962 Lo smemorato di Collegno as lo smemorato
1962 Two Colonels as Colonnello Di Maggio
1962 Toto at Night as Nini
1962 Totò diabolicus
1962 Totò contro Maciste as Totokamen
1961 The Two Marshals
1961 Totòtruffa '62 as Antonio LoRuffo
1961 Totò, Peppino and... the Sweet Life as Antonio Barbacane
1961 Sua Eccellenza si fermò a mangiare as Dott. Biagio Tanzarella
1960 Chi si ferma è perduto as Antonio Guardalavecchia
1960 The Passionate Thief as Umberto 'Infortunio' Pennazzuto
1960 Totò, Fabrizi e i giovani d'oggi as Cavalier Antonio Cocozza
1960 Signori si nasce as Ottone Degli Ulivi, detto Zazà
1960 Noi duri as L'Algerino
1960 Totò, Peppino e le fanatiche as Antonio Vignarello
1960 Toto in Paris as Marchese Gastone de Chemantel / Chateau-Boiron / il vagabondo Totò
1960 Letto a tre piazze as Antonio Di Cosimo
1959 The Thieves as Commissario Di Savio
1959 The Overtaxed as Torquato Pezzella
1959 La Cambiale as Cesare Posalaquaglia
1959 You're on Your Own as Il nonno
1959 Toto in Madrid as Totò Scorceletti
1958 Totò nella Luna as Pasquale Belafronte
1958 The Law Is the Law as Giuseppe La Paglia
1958 Gambe d'oro as barone Luigi Fontana
1958 Big Deal on Madonna Street as Dante Cruciani
1958 Toto and Marcellino as Il Professore
1957 Totò, Vittorio and the Doctor
1956 Totò, Peppino e i fuorilegge
1956 Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy as Antonio Caponi
1956 The Band of Honest Men as Antonio Buonocore
1956 Totò, lascia o raddoppia?
1955 Destinazione Piovarolo as Antonio La Quaglia
1955 Racconti Romani
1955 Are We Men or Corporals? as Toto Esposito
1955 Il coraggio as Gennaro Vaccariello
1955 Totò all'inferno as Antonio Marchi / March' Antonio
1955 Toto and Carolina as Antonio Caccavallo
1955 Carosello del varietà
1955 I Tre Ladri as Tapioca
1954 Totò cerca pace as Gennaro Piselli
1954 The Gold of Naples as Don Saverio Petrillo
1954 Totò - Il medico dei pazzi as Felice Sciosciammocca
1954 Of Life and Love as Rosario Chiarchiaro
1954 Misère et noblesse (Mario Matolli, 1954)
1954 Where Is Freedom? as Salvatore Lojacono
1954 Poverty and Nobility as Felice Sciosciammocca
1953 Funniest Show on Earth as Tottons
1953 Neapolitan Turk as Felice Sciosciammocca
1953 Toto in Color as Antonio Scannagatti
1953 Una di quelle
1952 Toto and the Women as Antonio Scaparro
1952 47 morto che parla as Il barone Antonio Peletti
1952 Man, Beast, and Virtue as Prof. Paolino
1951 Cops and Robbers as Ferdinando Esposito
1951 Toto the Third Man as Piero / Paolo / Totò
1951 Side Street Story as Pasquale Miele
1951 Sette ore di guai as Totò De Pasquale
1951 Toto and the King of Rome as Ercole Pappalardo
1950 Toto the Sheik as Antonio Sapone
1950 Le sei mogli di Barbablù as Totò Esposito
1950 Tototarzan as Antonio Della Buffas
1950 Figaro qua... Figaro là as Figaro
1950 Totò cerca moglie as Totò
1949 Totò le Mokò as Antonio Lumaconi / Totò le Moko
1949 L'imperatore di Capri as Antonio De Fazio
1949 Yvonne of the Night as Nino, il fantasista
1949 The Firemen of Viggiu as Totò
1949 Totò cerca casa as Beniamino Lomacchio
1948 Toto Tours Italy
1948 Fifa e Arena as Nicolino Capece
1947 I due orfanelli as Gasparre
1945 The Rape of the Sabine as Aristide Tromboni
1943 Due cuori fra le belve as Totò
1941 L'allegro fantasma as Nicolino & Gelsomino & Antonino
1940 San Giovanni decollato as Mastro Agostino Miciacio
1939 Animali Pazzi as Barone Tolomeo dei Tolomei
1937 Fermo con le mani! as Conte Toto di Torretota

Writing

1967 Tutto Totò - Il grande maestro Writer
1955 Are We Men or Corporals? Screenplay Story
1955 Totò all'inferno Story
1954 Totò - Il medico dei pazzi Writer
1953 Toto in Color Story

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