His birth name was Antonio De Curtis, but the world knows him best as Totò, the Neapolitan comedian whose distinctive face and nutty ways made him one of the most popular Italian film stars in history.
Totò was born on February 15, 1898 in Rione Sanità, a poor area of Naples. As a boy, he had a passion for sports. Legend has it that a nose injury caused by a football or boxing match gave him his signature look that played a major role in the personality of his characters. In 1917, Totò started acting locally in Napoli's "comedia dell'arte" and wrote poetry in his dialect. In the early 20's, he headed to
|A scene from Pasolini's "Uccellacci e uccellini"|
|Totò with Liliana Castagnola|
|L to R- Liliana De Curtis, Totò and Franca Faldini|
According to the website, www.antoniodecurtis.com, several of Totò's films will be broadcast on Italian television this week. The broadcasts will begin on 30 November with Destinazione Piovarolo. For more information, and a complete schedule, go to http://www.antoniodecurtis.com/tv.htm.