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Massimo Ranieri is a Actor Italien born on 3 may 1951 at Naples (Italie)

Massimo Ranieri

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Birth name Giovanni Calone
Nationality Italie
Birth 3 may 1951 (73 years) at Naples (Italie)

Massimo Ranieri (born in Naples, Italy Giovanni Calone, 3 May 1951), is an Italian pop singer, film and stage actor.

He was born in Naples (at Santa Lucia), the fifth of eight children in the family. When he was 10, young Giovanni would sing at restaurants, wedding receptions, etc. He was discovered by a music producer about four years later and was flown to New York to record an EP under the name of Gianni Rock.

He recorded four songs in 1964: Tanti auguri signora, Se mi aspetti stasera, Non chiudere la porta, and La Prima Volta. None of the records were successful, primarily because young Gianni's voice was changing. Two years later, he would re-emerge under his new stage name, Massimo Ranieri. In 1966, he made his TV debut singing "Bene Mio". A year later, he made another TV appearance singing, "Pietà per chi ti ama". In 1968, he recorded two more songs: "Da Bambino", Ma L'amore cos'è" and "Preghiera".

But it wasn't until 1969 when he achieved success and became a teen idol when he sang "O Sole Mio" on live TV. Soon, in most every TV appearance he made, you could hear the girls screaming in the background. That same year, he had a string of hits: "Rita", "Se bruciasse la citta", "Quando l'amore diventa poesia", "Il mio amore resta sempre", "Rose rosse" and "Zingara". In 1970, "Vent'anni", "Sogno d'amore", "Sei l'amore mio", "Aranjuez Amore Mio", and "Candida". During that year, he decided to venture into acting.

Massimo's screen debut, Metello received rave reviews from critics, and won him the David DiDonatello award for best actor for portraying the title character. He co-starred with Anna Magnani in the television film La Sciantosa, later that year. In 1971, Massimo recorded the songs "Adagio Veneziano", "Via del Conservatorio", and "Io e Te". He represented Italy in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, where he placed 5th with the song "L'Amore E' Un Attimo. "

That same year, he fathered a daughter, Cristiana, out of wedlock with Franca Sebastiani. He didn't have anything to do with the raising of his daughter, saying that he was too young and inexperienced for fatherhood, and that it would be damaging to his career. He was never linked with any other woman thereafter. He didn't have any contact with his daughter until they met when she was about 20 years old.

In 1972, he released the songs "Ti Ruberei", "O Surdato 'nnamurato", and "Erba di Casa Mia"; in 1973, "Amo Ancora Lei". He returned to the Eurovision Song Contest that year, in Luxembourg, to represent Italy with "Chi sarà con te", where he placed 13th. In 1974, came the singles "Te Voglio Bene Assaie", "Immagina", and "Per Una Donna". During that year, he filmed Salvo D'Acquisto, where he portrayed a Carabinieri policeman who was executed by the Nazis during World War II.

When his singing career started to decline in 1975, Massimo concentrated on his acting career, both in the cinema and, most importantly, as a stage actor: he collaborated with the directors Mauro Bolognini, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Giorgio de Lullo, Giorgio Strehler and Maurizio Scaparro, performing a wide range of material from modern plays and musicals, to Molière and Shakespeare.

In 1988, he made a comeback with the song, "Perdere L'Amore", which won the Sanremo Festival, that year. In 1997, he made another comeback with "Ti parlerò d'amore". That same year, he did the Italian voice-over for Quasimodo in Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame", where he also sang Quasimodo's part as well.

On 16 October 2002, Massimo Ranieri was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). In 2004, he made his first French film, a trilogy series called Les Parisiens, where he played a street artist. In 2005, he returned on the stage with the show "Accussì Grande", after a long bout with illness, from which he fully recovered.

At the start of 2007, he decided to publicly acknowledge his long-estranged daughter, and embraced her for the first time on live TV. It was a tearful reunion between father and daughter. During that year, he was in a docu-film called Civico 0, where he played Guilano, a fruit vendor, who becomes homeless after the death of his mother. In 2008, he starred in the film L'Ultimo Pulcinella.

In 2009, he played the storyteller in the play, Polvere di Baghdad, directed by Maurizio Scaparro. In February 2007, he started a concert tour of Italy, titled "Canto perché non so nuotare...da 40 anni" which lasted for more than two years, with more than 500 shows, was made into a CD and a DVD, which went platinum.

In 2010, Massimo was featured in Passione, a documentary about the history of music from Naples, Italy, directed by Italian-American actor, John Turturro. In November 2010, he took part in the miniseries remake of the classic play, Filumena Marturano, produced by Italian TV RAI Uno, with Mariangela Melato in the title role. Massimo portrayed Filumena's husband, Domenico Soriano.


Masismo Ranieri has never been married. In 2007, the singer has recognized the illegitimate daughter (Cristiana) born in 1971 from the relationship with Franca Sebastiani. He also became grandfather in July 2011.

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Filmography of Massimo Ranieri (15 films)

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The Ploy
The Ploy (2016)
, 1h53
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Historical
Actors Massimo Ranieri, Libero De Rienzo, Milena Vukotic, François-Xavier Demaison, Roberto Citran, Paolo Bonacelli
Roles Pier Paolo Pasolini
Rating62% 3.131313.131313.131313.131313.13131
Rome, été 1975. Pier Paolo Pasolini, poète et réalisateur à succès, travaille à la production du film Salò ou les 120 Journées de Sodome et, entre-temps, écrit ce qui sera son dernier roman, Pétroloe, dans lequel il parle de l'économie italienne. Depuis quelque temps, cependant, Pasolini est engagé dans une relation homosexuelle avec Giuseppe Pelosi, un jeune criminel romain. Un soir, les amis de Pelosi volent le négatif du film Salò et demandent au poète une très grosse somme d'argent pour le lui rendre. C'était un piège et dans la nuit du 1er au 2 novembre 1975, Pier Paolo Pasolini est sauvagement assassiné.
Passione (2010)
, 1h30
Directed by John Turturro
Genres Drama, Documentary, Historical, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors John Turturro, Lina Sastri, Massimo Ranieri, Fausto Cigliano, Max Casella
Rating68% 3.4343953.4343953.4343953.4343953.434395
Passione chronicles the rich Neapolitan musical heritage, tracing the influences of European, African and Arabic cultures, while touching on the Canzone napoletana (Neapolitan song) tradition. The film features dozens of contemporary solo performers and ensembles who are currently established on the city's music scene, including Fiorenza Calogero, Pietra Montecorvino, James Senese, Peppe Barra, Fausto Cigliano, and Rosario Fiorello.
What War May Bring, 2h
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Actors Dominique Pinon, Samuel Labarthe, Jacky Ido, Anouk Aimée, Raphael, Audrey Dana
Roles le chanteur du camp
Rating64% 3.2445553.2445553.2445553.2445553.244555
Ilva is a woman who falls in love too quickly. Unaware and unconcerned about how her passion may be perceived, she finds herself having to live with the consequences of her actions. First, in the middle of the German occupation in Paris, she falls for a Nazi, which indirectly leads to the death of her father. For many, her relationship was interpreted as her collaboration with the Nazis. Her next love story, however, bring additional tragedy. During the liberation of France in '44, when she is violently summoned to answer for her relationship with the German, she is saved by two Americans GIs, one white and one black. She falls in love with both these men, at the same time. Her inability to choose between them, creates conflict, unhappiness and murder.
The Courage to Love, 1h43
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Mathilde Seigner, Maïwenn, Massimo Ranieri, Michel Leeb, Arielle Dombasle, Line Renaud
Roles Massimo
Rating57% 2.857042.857042.857042.857042.85704
Brochette de portraits éclectiques du genre humain parisiens « selon Lelouch » : artistes chanteurs, milieu du spectacle, soirées mondaines, hommes d'affaires, barmans de bar de nuit, clodos, commerçants, etc.
Les parisiens, 1h58
Directed by Claude Lelouch
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Maïwenn, Massimo Ranieri, Mathilde Seigner, Alessandra Martines, Constantin Alexandrov, Catherine Arditi
Roles Massimo Brondi
Rating49% 2.484452.484452.484452.484452.48445
Une kyrielle de personnages, souvent marginaux, mais rêvant tous d'être sur le même échelon de ce que l'on pourrait appeler « l'échelle amoureuse de Richter » se croisent et composent un inventaire à la Prévert. Parmi eux, un couple de chanteurs amoureux l'un de l'autre, Shaa et Massimo, qui nous guide dans le cours de cette histoire.
Chaste and Pure
Directed by Salvatore Samperi
Origin Italie
Genres Erotic, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Fernando Rey, Laura Antonelli, Massimo Ranieri, Christian De Sica, Enzo Cannavale, Valeria Fabrizi
Roles Fernando
Rating46% 2.3019952.3019952.3019952.3019952.301995
Peu de temps avant la mort de sa femme, riche héritière d’un empire industriel, Antonio (Fernando Rey), comprenant qu’il risque d'être évincé par les actionnaires, la convainc de faire promettre à sa jeune fille, comme dernières volontés avant de mourir, de formuler un vœu de chasteté de façon à n’épouser personne jusqu’à la mort de son père.
Priest of Love, 1h38
Directed by Christopher Miles
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner, Sarah Miles, Penelope Keith, Jorge Rivero
Roles Piero Pini
Rating60% 3.0434853.0434853.0434853.0434853.043485
Il s'agit d'un film biographique à propos de l'écrivain britannique D. H. Lawrence et sa femme Frieda (née Von Richthofen).
Hot Potato
Hot Potato (1979)
, 1h40
Directed by Steno
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Renato Pozzetto, Massimo Ranieri, Edwige Fenech, Clara Colosimo, Adriana Russo, Umberto Raho
Roles Claudio
Rating62% 3.147263.147263.147263.147263.14726
Bernardo Mambelli alias "Gandhi" (Renato Pozzetto) is a PCI militant and pugilist working at a Milanese paint factory. One night, he sees a bunch of neo-Nazis beating a frail young man (Massimo Ranieri). He saves the man and brings him to his house to learn that he is Claudio, a homosexual. With nowhere to go, Claudio starts staying at Bernardo's house but a series of typical misunderstandings lead his comrades as well as his girlfriend Maria (Edwige Fenech) to believing that he has "turned gay". Bernardo is now seen as a potential lost cause and the ongoings soon reveal a "hot potato" situation for him.
Death Rage
Death Rage (1976)
, 1h32
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Yul Brynner, Barbara Bouchet, Martin Balsam, Massimo Ranieri, Giacomo Furia, Giancarlo Sbragia
Roles Angelo
Rating52% 2.610392.610392.610392.610392.61039
A chance for revenge brings a hit man out of retirement in this crime drama directed by genre specialist Antonio Margheriti (aka Anthony M. Dawson). Sal Leonardi is a well-connected American Mafioso who, while vacationing in Naples, visits a racetrack and is persuaded by good natured tout Angelo (Massimo Raniei) to put his money on a long shot. While Angelo sometimes works around the odds at the track by putting front-running horses off their stride with a pellet gun, in this case Angelo's horse wins without outside interference and pays off big. But after Sal collects his winnings, he's spotted by Gennare Gallo (Giancarlo Sbragia), a local mob boss who holds a grudge against Sal's partners; guns are drawn, Sal and his bodyguards are killed, while Angelo, who is also a police informant, is stripped of his winnings. Back in New York, Leonardi's partners are eager to even the score against Gallo, and they approach Peter Marciani (Yul Brynner), a former hired killer who retired after the traumatic murder of his brother. Peter is persuaded to assassinate Gallo when he learns that the Italian mobster was behind the murder of his brother; Peter flies to Naples and finds an ally in Angelo, but he soon learns that there's more to this story than he's been led to believe.
Salvo D'Acquisto
Directed by Romolo Guerrieri
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Massimo Ranieri, Enrico Maria Salerno, Isa Danieli, Massimo Serato, Giustino Durano, Ivan Rassimov
Roles Salvo D'Acquisto
Rating69% 3.471793.471793.471793.471793.47179
Real life events of the Carabinieri member Salvo D'Acquisto, who during the Nazist occupation of Rome saved 22 civilians from being executed by German soldiers.
Chronicle of a Homicide, 1h39
Directed by Mauro Bolognini
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Massimo Ranieri, Martin Balsam, Valentina Cortese, Turi Ferro, Pino Colizzi, Salvo Randone
Roles Fabio Sola
Rating63% 3.1757253.1757253.1757253.1757253.175725
Fabio, un étudiant en architecture, militant de Lotta Continua, formation de l'extrême-gauche italienne, participe à une manifestation. Celle-ci dégènère en affrontement sanglant entre forces de l'ordre et jeunes contestataires. Au cours de cet événement, un étudiant est tué d'une balle de calibre 7,65. Fabio est lui-même violemment malmené. Il s'empare alors d'un poing américain, trouvé au sol, et blesse mortellement un agent de police. Alors qu'un de ses compagnons, Massimo Trotti, est inculpé pour ce meurtre, Fabio veut se constituer prisonnier mais son responsable politique l'en dissuade. Le juge Aldo Sola, le propre père de Fabio, est chargé d'enquêter sur les deux assassinats. Les premiers interrogatoires ne donnent pas de résultats fiables : les culpabilités respectives n'ont guère été formellement établies. Afin de prouver l'innocence de Massimo, Fabio subtilise dans le bureau de son père les procès-verbaux d'instruction et transmet les copies au journal La Cause du Peuple, organe de Lotta Continua, qui publie en titre : « La magistrature accumule de fausses preuves contre Trotti ». Désormais, la confrontation entre un père et son fils s'avère inévitable.
Romance (1971)
, 1h32
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Melodrama
Actors Massimo Ranieri, Florinda Bolkan, Claude Mann, Mariangela Melato, Claudio Giorgi, Leonard Mann
Roles Sandro Zanichelli
Rating73% 3.689163.689163.689163.689163.68916
Sandro Zanichelli, timide Parmesan de vingt ans, et Claudia Ridolfi, séduisante trentenaire de la grande bourgeoisie romaine, s'éprennent passionnément l'un de l'autre. Sandro la voudrait tout entière à lui, mais elle est mariée à Stefano, un important technocrate qui la néglige, continuellement absent pour voyages d'affaires. La différence d'âge avec son amant est un frein qui empêche Claudia de quitter son mari, malgré les incessantes suppliques de Sandro. En revenant de voyage, le mari découvre la liaison de sa femme et n'est pas du tout prêt à lâcher prise. Lorsque Claudia se décide enfin, il est trop tard : Sandro, désespéré, s'est suicidé.
Bubu (1971)
, 1h40
Directed by Mauro Bolognini
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Actors Massimo Ranieri, Ottavia Piccolo, Gigi Proietti, Nike Arrighi
Roles Piero
Rating62% 3.137763.137763.137763.137763.13776
Bubù renonce à son métier d'artisan boulanger par paresse et parce qu'il considère que l'on peut gagner plus d'argent autrement. Il décide donc de vendre les charmes de Berta, sa compagne, qui accepte ce commerce, par amour pour lui. Mais Berta contracte bientôt la syphilis et entre à l'hôpital. Bubù, désargenté et affamé, dérobe la caisse d'une boutiquière : il est très vite arrêté et emprisonné. Après une période d'incertitudes, Berta retrouve Piero, un étudiant qui fut autrefois son client et à qui elle a transmis la maladie. Piero demeure pourtant très attaché à elle et accepte de l'héberger durant quelque temps.
The Light at the Edge of the World, 2h
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Yul Brynner, Kirk Douglas, Samantha Eggar, Fernando Rey, Massimo Ranieri, Renato Salvatori
Roles Felipe
Rating59% 2.9983952.9983952.9983952.9983952.998395
The year is 1865. Will Denton (Kirk Douglas) is a jaded American miner escaping a troubled past. Seeking isolation for two reasons - to mend his broken heart after a failed romance during the California Gold Rush, and also to escape punishment after he murdered a man in a gunfight - Denton tends a lonely and isolated lighthouse with a minimal crew of three men, himself included.
Metello (1970)
, 1h47
Directed by Mauro Bolognini
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Actors Massimo Ranieri, Lucia Bosè, Ottavia Piccolo, Tina Aumont, Renzo Montagnani, Frank Wolff
Roles Metello Salani
Rating66% 3.318253.318253.318253.318253.31825
During the end of the 19th century, young Metello decides to start a new life after the sudden loss of his parents. He meets a young girl, Ersilia. They get married and have a son. Metello becomes involved in a political activity at work and is arrested. He then lies that he won't be involved in the activity anymore, and as a result, has to flee town. He arrives at his new destination, and meets Viola, a middle-aged school teacher. He then has an affair with her, and as a result, she gives birth to his daughter. Towards the end of the film, Metello realizes that he really belongs back home with Ersilia.