Rome, autumn 1944, National Academy of Dramatic Art: the examinations for admission to the Academy are in progress. Among the candidates to be examined is a young man, Saturnino Manfredi, who arrived almost by chance to accompany his friend Franco Giacobini. Manfredi, on the advice of Luigi Squarzina, who is a third year student of the course for directors, recites a scene from a drama by Eugene O'Neill with such enthusiasm that he breaks a table at the Commission, chaired by Silvio D'Amico and a little 'dismayed by so much enthusiasm, he gave the answers suggested by Squarzina and was admitted to the first course for actors (The actors' factory, page 105).
Manfredi, who chose to shorten his name to Nino, was then just 23 years old. Born in Castro dei Volsci, in the province of Frosinone in a peasant family, he soon moved to Rome, sublet in an old abandoned railway tollbooth in via del Mandrione, then in a house near the Ponte della Ranocchia to finally land in one of the newly built houses for public employees in via Pozzuoli (his father had joined the Rome traffic police). After middle school he was enrolled as a semiconvittore at the Santa mania Institute in viale Manzoni but repeatedly fled from the institute. He continued his studies as a private practitioner but fell seriously ill with bilateral pleurisy (1937) and spent a long time in the hospital where he began to play the banjo in a small band. Years later, in 1982, in an interview he stated that he played "to find the strength to live, even though I was used to it when I died" (Hit Parade International, Armando Curcio Editore).
In 1941 he made his debut as an actor in a show staged at the parish of the Nativity, in via Gallia in Rome. He was enrolled in the Faculty of Law of the University of Rome when (1943) to escape the call to arms of Graziani, put by Mussolini at the head of the Armed Forces of the Social Republic, he abandoned his house in via Pozzuoli and lived in the bush for a year, in the woods near his country of origin.
In 1944 he returned to Rome, enrolled in the faculty of law and obtained the coveted admission to the National Academy of Dramatic Art. He learned to be an actor, studied and together did a thousand jobs to help the family: the driver for American soldiers arriving at Ciampino airport, the insurer, the postal employee, the bookmaker, up to first voice actors of films starting to arrive from the United States dubbed to make a living in a difficult time, Robert Mitchum in “Seven Weeks of Trouble”. He is the first of many Italian and foreign actors to whom he will give his voice until 1955: Earl Holliman in "The Forbidden Planet" (1956), Gerard Philipe, Franco Fabrizi in "I vitelloni" (1953), Sergio Raimondi in " Little Plague "(1955), Antonio Cifariello in" La bella di Roma "(1955), Renato Salvadori in" The Sunday of the good people "(1953) and Marcello Mastroianni in" Paris is always Paris "(1951)
In 1945 he graduated in Law with a thesis in criminal law and in 1947 he graduated as an actor at the “Academy of Dramatic Art. In the theater he immediately began to work as early as 1947 in the Piccolo Teatro of Rome, directed by Orazio Costa, with Vittorio Gassman and Evi Maltagliati and the following year at the Piccolo Teatro of Milan directed by Giorgio Strehel, but they are small side parts that he does not they give great economic and artistic satisfaction. On the radio he makes imitations, tells jokes, invents some little sketches (Il sor Tacito, Il soldier Tenoretti and many others), obtaining a good success with the public. In 1949 he obtained a small part in the film "Monastero di Santa Chiara", for the modest fee of 10.000 lire: it is the first of a long series of films set in Naples ("Simme 'e Napule, paisà", "Anema e core") of little artistic value and with low wages which were also necessary for him to live and which often were not even paid to him, as he himself will declare a few years later.
In 1953 Manfredi decided to change course: he made his debut in the theater of review with the three Nava sisters in "Tre per tre ... Nava". The following year he worked in the Festival magazine and in the 1956-57 season he was in the magazine company of Wanda Osiris with Riccardo Billi and Mario Riva.
In 1955 he married Erminia Ferrari, a model who would be close to him for more than half a century. In 1956 he appeared for the first time on television in the screenplay "Alfiere", directed by Anton Giulio Majano, while he continued his activity in films of little importance, such as "Tempo di villeggiatura" (1956), "Susanna tutto panna "(1957)," Guard, thief and waitress "(1958)," Corporal of the day "(1958)," Carmela is a doll "(1958) and many other analogues.
In 1958 he played with Delia Scala "Un trapezio per Lisistrata", a musical comedy by Garinei and Giovannini written on the track of "The clouds" by Aristophanes: it seems now launched on the road to success that explodes the following year in "Canzonissima", the radio variety combined with the New Year's lottery conducted with Delia Scala and Paolo Panelli. Ceccano's bartender's speck and the joke "Fusse che fusse la vorta bbona" quickly became very popular. Manfredi nevertheless never ceased to consider himself not a comic actor, but a dramatic actor who played the roles entrusted to him in an ironic key. In the cinema he often tended to enlarge the narrow spaces in which the character entrusted to him would have to move: the directors accused him of improvising, but in reality Manfredi never improvised, even when he seemed to do so, but tried with his thoughtful acting to remedy scripts sometimes approximate, to subjects so thin as to appear even non-existent, as in the case of films produced to exploit the success of a song of which they had the same title.
In 1959 he worked for the first time with Nanni Loy in "The audacious blow of the usual unknown" and the following year he had a leading role for the first time in the film "The employee" directed by Gianni Puccini. In 1962 he was in Luigi Zampa's "Anni Roarenti" and the following year he made his directorial debut in "Amore difficile", based on a short story (L'avventura di un soldier) by Italo Calvino: Manfredi managed to convince the production to leave episode without dialogue, with only background noises and musical commentary, but the experiment did not have the hoped-for success.
In 1963 he returned again to the magazine theater as the main interpreter of the musical comedy "Rugantino", by Garinei and Giovannini: it was a great success which, however, did not yet open the doors of cinema to the level of notoriety he had already acquired: they will contribute to this also his tough, tenacious character, with an ingrained habit of calling things by their name. The result was a sometimes difficult relationship with the other actors and directors: he had great respect for Orazio Costa, whom he considered his teacher, for Eduardo De Filippo, in whose company he had interpreted three unique acts in 1952 at the Teatro Eliseo in Rome, and for Totò, with whom he had worked in 1956 in "Totò, Peppino e la malafemmina", and was very attached to the old friends of the Academy, such as Paolo Panelli, but did not hide his deep dislike for others, such as Alberto Sordi who believed the his direct rival in the "Italian comedy". With him she interpreted in 1956 “Lo scapolo”, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli and the bad relations between the two began, even if Manfredi had a marginal role in the film. With Sordi in the same year he played a secondary part in the film “Guard, chosen guard, brigadier and marshal” (1956). He will remember «I only had four poses: a couple, however, with Sordi. So I found myself with the “Monster”, I began to fight, I was the new boxer who went into the ring with the champion ».
He considered Deaf a mask, an actor always equal to himself out of laziness who had not attended the Academy. When Sordi received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice in 1996, Manfredi stated that it was a shame to only compete for tragic films and then give the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement "to those who made people laugh" (Internet, Libero, Speciale Farewell to Nino Manfredi), a statement that was the almost natural conclusion of a conflict that had lasted for forty years but which did not prevent the two actors from working together on other occasions, such as in the film "Venice, the moon and you" (1958), who increased the disagreements with Sordi, irritated by the greater appreciation of the critics for Manfredi, who had a small part in the film, “Crimen” (1960) and “Our heroes will succeed” (1968)). The following year Sordi did not want the presence of Manfredi in the film "Tutti a casa" directed by Luigi Comencini: by now the relations were so tense as to no longer allow the two actors to work together if not rarely and in exceptional cases.
The conquered notoriety also earned Manfredi two important advertising contracts, first for the Bic pen and then for IGNIS and for 17 years for Lavazza coffee, also as co-author of the texts for television advertising.
Manfredi always loved writing for the cinema: in 1958 he interpreted “Camping”, directed by Franco Zeffirelli: the subject was by Manfredi and Paolo Ferrari and the film, even if made with little means, achieved a good success with the public. In 1966 he obtained the first Silver Ribbon as best leading actor in the film “This time let's talk about men” directed by Lina Wertmuller. Two years later with “Italian Secret Service”, directed by Luigi Comencini, he obtained the same award. They were still films for the general public, with little artistic pretensions. With the film "Le Bambole" (1965) directed by Dino Risi, Manfredi, interpreter of one of the episodes of the film, ended up on trial on charges of obscenity: he was acquitted in the preliminary investigation but did not forget the bad adventure.
In 1971, after some fairly successful films ("Operation San Gennaro" (1966) and "Straziami, ma di baci saziami" (1969), directed by Dino Risi and "In the year of the Lord" (1969), with directed by Luigi Magni, a film for which he received the David di Donatello and the Nastro d'Argento, again as best leading actor) came the great cinematic success with the film "By grace received", which he interpreted and directed. The film won the Opera Prima award at the 1972th Cannes Film Festival, the David di Donatello for best direction and the Nastro d'Argento for best story and screenplay. This was followed in 1972 by the interpretation of the character of Geppetto in "Pinocchio" directed by Luigi Comencini, originally a drama broadcast by RAI UNO, and in XNUMX that of "Girolimoni", in the part of the "monster", after Alberto Sordi's refusal to interpret it.
In the film "Pane e cioccolata", directed by Franco Brusatti, the story of an Italian emigrant in Switzerland, Manfredi, who came from a family that had known the emigration route for many years, also wanted to collaborate on the screenplay, significantly modifying the original one by Brusatti and Ugo Pirro. The film, also distributed in the United States, obtained the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the Grolla d'Oro at that of Saint Vincent, the Silver Ribbon for the best subject, the European David di Donatello, and others. minor prizes. The following year it was a success again with "We loved each other so much", directed by Ettore Scola, which had three Silver Ribbons (for the screenplay, for the actress and for the supporting actor).
For his collaboration on the screenplay of “Attenti al buffone”, directed by Bevilacqua in 1975, a film in which he was also an interpreter, he obtained the David di Donatello for best screenplay: the film, however, had little success with the public.
"Ugly, dirty and bad", directed by Ettore Scola in 1976, was the occasion for Manfredi to build a theatrical character that Alberto Moravia (L'Espresso, 10 October 1976) defined as memorable and which earned Scola the prize for the best directed at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1977 in "In the name of the Pope King", directed by Luigi Magni, Manfredi obtained the award for best actor at the Paris Film Festival, the David di Donatello, the Silver Ribbon and the 1978 Gino Cervi award, all for the best actor.
Finally Manfredi had achieved great success with audiences and critics, even if there was no lack of critics who continued to consider his frequent use of dialect as negative, understood almost as a limit to the actor's possibilities, who among other things had a excellent Italian diction, as evidenced by his decades of experience as a film voice actor as well as his theatrical experience.
In 1979 he starred in "Café Express", directed by Nanni Loy which had a good success and in 1980 earned him the Nastro d'Argento, once again, for best actor.
"Nudo di donna" (1981) was the third directing experience for Manfredi, who was also the main interpreter of the film: the contrasts with Alberto Lattuada, the original director of the film, who complained about Manfredi's continuous changes to the screenplay, induced Lattuada himself to abandon the direction and Manfredi took over, with some critical success.
In 1982 he sang his song "La frittata" as a guest at the Sanremo Festival and the following year, again as a guest, "Clean song" which, however, had little success: the previous songs had better luck ("Tarzan lo fa" by 1978 and "La panzanella" of 1979) and above all his interpretation of "Tanto pe 'canta', written and sung by Ettore Petrolini in 1932.
By now cinema no longer seemed to interest him: in 1983 he published an anthology of "Proverbs and other Romanesque things" and in 1985 a cookery recipe book.
He was over sixty years old, he lived in a beautiful villa on the Aventine right in front of the Parco degli Aranci with his three children, Luca, Roberta and Giovanna, it seemed that everything was proceeding in the best way when a Bulgarian woman, Svetla Bogdanova, asked him to recognize one of his daughters that he claimed to have had by him during a visit to Sofia in 1985. In 1986 he began a trial before the Sofia court which in 2000 proved the woman right. This was followed by the DNA test requested by Manfredi which turned out to be positive: the young Tonina was actually the daughter of Nino, who did not appeal against the sentence and agreed to pay the alimony (45 euros per month) decided by the court. Even in this circumstance the Manfredi family remained united: the vormal life continued between the villa of the Aventine and that of Scauri, on the Pontine coast, where everyone spent the summer.
In 1984 Manfredi published a book, “Viva gli sposi” based on a television drama he proposed to RAI and refused. Subsequently he drew a theatrical work which he interpreted with Giovanna Ralli, which was performed in 1989 in Modena and the following year in Rome.
In 1990 he returned to the cinema playing the character of Ciceruacchio in the film "In the name of the sovereign people", directed by Luigi Magni but the success was modest. In the same year he was awarded the special David di Donatello Lifetime Achievement Award. He was over seventy years old when I returned to television with two crime series ("A commissioner in Rome", in 1993 and "Linda and the brigadier" in 1997), followed by the TV film "God created us for free", based on from the homonymous book by Marcello D'Orta, broadcast in December 1998 by Canale5. In the same year he starred in the film "Thank you for everything", directed by his son Luca, who did not find critical consensus, and in 2000 "A whatsoever story", directed by his son-in-law Alberto Simone, who also directed him in the TV film "A defect of family ", interpreted with Lino Banfi and broadcast by RAI in 2002. The theatrical attempts, interpreting works of which he was also the interpreter and director (" Words of love ... words ", staged in Ferrara on 12 December 1992, originally performed in Spanish in Buenos Aires, with the sole direction of Manfredi, and "People of easy virtue", performed in 1994, then revived in 1997) did not give him much satisfaction.
The last television drama, also interpreted with Banfi, was "A quiet place", directed by his son Luca and aired on RAIUNO in 2003. In January 2003 Canale5 broadcast "The night of Pasquino", directed by Luigi Magni, in which Manfredi played the role of a cardinal.
In September 2003, as soon as the shooting of the posthumously released film “The End of a Mystery”, dedicated to the poet Garcia Lorca and directed by Spanish director Miguel Hermoso, had finished, Manfredi was struck by a heart failure. The Pietro Bianchi Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to him in Venice by the Union of Film Journalists was withdrawn by his wife.
Manfredi never recovered completely, he suffered a cerebral stroke and died in a Roman hospital on June 4, 2004, a year and four months after Alberto Sordi: attending his funeral he had almost prophesied that he too was close to now. The daughter Roberta, in an interview (Repubblica, 24 November 2008) had very harsh expressions towards the doctors, guilty, according to her, of therapeutic persistence against her father "for a very long and atrocious year of agony". Overall, Manfredi interpreted more than a hundred films (the number varies depending on whether or not the editing films are considered, such as "Laugh, laugh, laugh", obtained by putting together excerpts from films he interpreted and the films in which Manfredi's participation it is limited to short appearances, as in "Once upon a time Angelo Musco" of 1953 and "The Sunday of the good people" of the same year: he was voiced for the occasion by Corrado, while he himself dubbed Renato Salvadori).
After his death, his son Luca directed (2004) a video portrait ("80 years of actor. Encounter with Nino Manfredi"), containing archive material and family films, including that of the marriage between father and mother made by Elio Pandolfi.
In 2003, when Manfredi was still alive, his Bulgarian daughter requested his interdiction, a request linked to the inheritance (assets valued at one hundred million euros).
- Aldo Bernardini, Nino Manfredi, Rome, 1999
- Maurizio Giammusso, The actors' factory, Rome, 1973
- Nino Manfredi, Actor nude, Milan, 1993
- The antiquarian's family, by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Alfredo Zennaro, with Paolo Panelli, Maria Teresa Albani, Tino Buazzelli, Nino Manfredi, Franca Mariani, Giulia Bellini, Renato Lupi, 17 April 1946, Quirino Theater, Rome.
- Woyzeck, by George Buchner, directed by Ettore Gaipa, with Nino Manfredi, Anna D'Alessio, 4 July 1946, Teatro Eliseo, Rome.
- The fan, by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Alfredo Zennaro, with Luciano Salce, Tino Buazzelli, Nino Manfredi, Giancarlo Sbragia, Gianni Bonagura, 15 April 1947, Quirino Theater, Rome.
- Those of Stralsund, by Fritz Stavenhagen, directed by Ettore Gaipa, with Tino Buazzelli, Nino Manfredi, Bice Valori, Franco Giacobini, 19 June 1947, Teatro Valle, Rome.
- The man and the rifle, by Sergio Sollima, directed by Luigi Squarzina, with Rossella Falk, Tino Buazzelli, Achille Malo, Vittoria Martello, Nino Manfredi, Luciano Salce, Arnoldo Foà, Alberto Bonucci, 1947.
- Richard II, by William Shakespeare, directed by Giorgio Strehler, with Armando Anzelmo, Antonio Battistella, Lilla Brignone, Antonio Crast, Renata Donati, Carlo D'Angelo, Mario Feliciani, Ettore Gaipa, Nino Manfredi, Grazia Migneco, Marcello Moretti, Franco Parenti, Camillo Pilotto , Gianni Santuccio, Giancarlo Sbragia, Piccolo Teatro of Milan, April 23, 1948.
- Three by three ... Nava, by Faele, Mario Ferretti, Carlo Silva, Italo Terzoli, with Pinuccia, Lisetta, Diana, Tonini Nava, Gianni Bonagura, Pier Luigi Pelitti, Raffaele Pisu, Nino Manfredi, Paolo Ferrari, directed by Marcello Marchesi, Teatro Sistina, Rome 1953.
- Festival, by Age, Furio Scarpelli, Dino Verde, Orlo Vergani, music by Armando Trovajoli, directed by Luchino Visconti, with Wanda OsiriS, Marina Doge, Alberto Lionello, Nino Manfredi, Raffaele Pisu, Elio Pandolfi, 14 October 1954, Teatro Nuovo, Milan.
- That's how Italians are !, by Marcello Marchesi, Vittorio Metz, directed by Marcello Marchesi, music by Lelio Luttazzi, with Mario Riva, Riccardo Billi, Alba Arnova, Diana Dei, Isa Di Marzio, Paolo Ferrari, Nino Manfredi, Gianni Bonagura, Mariolina Bovo, March 6, 1957, Teatro Lirico, Milan.
The musical comedy
- A trapezoid for Lysistrata, by Garinei and Giovannini, music by Gorni Kramer, with Delia Scala, Nino Manfredi, Paolo Panelli, Mario Carotenuto, Eliana Silli, Ave Ninchi, Quartetto Cetra, 24 October 1958, Teatro Sistina, Rome.
- Rugantino, by Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Luigi Magni, music by Armando Trovajoli, with Nino Manfredi, Lea Massari, Aldo Fabrizi, Bice Valori, Marisa Belli, Toni Ucci, Fausto Tozzi, Carlo Delle Piane, Landau
Fiorini, Luciano Bonanni, 15 December 1962, Sistina Theater, Rome…. - Renzo Tian on the II Messaggero di Roma, "It is only right to start the quotations from Nino Manfredi without him, without his return to the stage, after the long absence, Rugantino would not be what he is on the scene: an inexhaustible character for communication, inspiration, comic strength… ".
- Monastery of Santa Chiara, directed by Mario Seguí (1949)
- Back to Naples, directed by Domenico Gambino (1949)
- Heart and soul, directed by Mario Mattòli (1951)
- Long live the cinema !, directed by Enzo Trapani (1952)
- The prisoner of the tower of fire, by Giorgio Walter Chili (1952)
- I chose love, directed by Mario Zampi (1952)
- Good people's Sunday, directed by Anton Giulio Majano (1953)
- Laugh, laugh, laugh, episode At the Night Club Bar Zellette, directed by Edoardo Anton (1954)
- The lovers, directed by Mauro Bolognini (1955)
- Prisoners of evil, directed by Mario Costa (1955)
- Don't mess with women, directed by Giuseppe Bennati (1955)
- The bachelor, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1955)
- Guard, chosen guard, sergeant and marshal, directed by Mauro Bolognini (1956)
- Totò, Peppino and the ... malfemmina, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (1956)
- Vacation time, directed by Antonio Racioppi and Luigi Zampa (1956)
- Susanna all cream, directed by Stefano Vanzina (1957)
- Camping, directed by Franco Zeffirelli (also subject and screenplay) (1957)
- Bitches three times, directed by Steno (1957)
- Guard, thief and maid, directed by Steno (1958)
- Corporal of the day, directed by Gianni Puccini (1958)
- Adorable and lying, directed by Nunzio Malasomma (1958)
- Piece, foreman and captain, directed by Wolfgang Staudte (1958)
- Carmela and a doll, directed by Gianni Puccini (1958)
- Venice, the moon and you, directed by Dino Risi (1958)
- The boys of Parioli, directed by Sergio Corbucci (1959)
- Daring blow of the usual unknown, directed by Nanni Loy (1959)
- Employee, directed by Gianni Puccini (also subject and screenplay) (1960)
- The pills of Hercules, directed by Luciano Salce (1960)
- Crimen, directed by Mario Camerini (1960)
- The universal judgment, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1961)
- Riding the tiger, directed by Luigi Comencini (1961)
- The carabiniere on horseback, directed by Carlo Lizzani (1961)
- Roaring years, directed by Luigi Zampa (1962)
- The motorized, directed by Camillo Mastrocinque (1962)
- Difficult love, episode The adventure of a soldier, directed by Nino Manfredi, Luciano Lucignani, Alberto Bonucci, Sergio Sollima (1962)
- Parmigiana, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1962)
- The executioner's ballad (E1 Verdugo), directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga (1963)
- The broken hearts, episode And they lived happily ..., directed by Gian-ni Puccini, Vittorio Caprioli (1963)
- High infidelty, episode Scandalous, directed by Franco Rossi, Luciano Salce, Elio Petri, Mario Monicelli (1963)
- Dolls, episode The phone call, directed by Dino Risi, Mauro Bolognini, Luigi Comencini, Franco Rossi (1964)
- Countersex, episodes Cocaine on Sunday, "A business woman" directed by Franco Rossi, Renato Castellani, Marco Ferreri (1964)
- This time we talk about men, directed by Lina Wertmilller (1964)
- The gaucho, directed by Dino Risi (1964)
- Me, me, me ... and the others, directed by Alessandro Blasetti (1965)
- Made in Italy, directed by Nanni Loy (1965)
- Thrilling, episode II vittímísta, directed by Ettore Scola, Gian Luigi Polidoro, Carlo Lizzani (1965)
- The complexes, episode A decisive day, directed by Dino Risi, Franco Rossi, Luigi Filippo D'Amico (1965)
- I knew her well, directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (1965)
- A rose for everyone, directed by Franco Rossi (also subject and screenplay) (1966)
- Operation San Gennaro, directed by Dino Risi (1966)
- Italian adultery, directed by Pasquale Festa Campanile (1966)
- Italian Secret Service, directed by Luigi Comencini (1967)
- The father of the family, directed by Nanni Loy (1967)
- Tear me apart, but satisfy me with kisses, directed by Dino Risi (1968)
- Will our heroes be able to find their friend who has mysteriously disappeared in Africa ?, directed by Ettore Scola (1968)
- In the year of the Lord, directed by Luigi Magni (1969)
- I see naked, directed by Dino Risi (1969)
- Rosolino Paternò soldier, directed by Nanni Loy (1970)
- General dispute, episode Three fifes concert, directed by Luigi Zampa (1970)
- By grace received, directed by Nino Manfredi (1971)
- La Betia or in love for every pleasure it takes suffering, directed by Gianfranco De Bosio (also screenplay) (1971)
- Rome well, directed by Carlo Lizzani (1971)
- Trastevere, directed by Fausto Tozzi (1971)
- The adventures of Pinocchio, directed by Luigi Comencini (screened on television in a longer version) (1972)
- Girolimoni, the monster of Rome, directed by Damiano Damiani (1972)
- We will call him Andrea, directed by Vittorio De Sica (1973)
- Bread and chocolate, directed by Franco Brusati (also subject and screenplay) (1974)
- We loved each other so much, directed by Ettore Scola (1974)
- Beware of the fool, directed by Alberto Bevilacqua (1975)
- Ugly dirty and bad, directed by Ettore Scola (1975)
- As long as you don't know around ... !, episodes II top e The misunderstanding directed by Luigi Magni, Luigi Comencini, Nanni Loy (1976)
- Those strange occasions, episode The Swedish seahorse, directed by Luigi Magni, Nanni Loy,
- Ladies and gentlemen, goodnight, episode the Holy Throne, directed by Luigi Magni, Age, Leo
- In the name of the Pope King, directed by Luigi Magni (1977)
- The bribe, directed by Sergio Corbucci (1978)
- My coconut (Gros calin), directed by Jean-Pierre Rowson (1979)
- The toy, directed by Giuliano Montaldo (also subject and screenplay) (1979)
- Café Express, directed by Nanni Loy (1980)
- Nude of a woman, directed by Nino Manfredi (1981)
- Spaghetti House, directed by Giulio Paradisi (1982)
- Heads or tails, episode The Bedouin's son, directed by Nanni Loy (also
- This and that, directed by Sergio Corbucci (also subject and screenplay) (1983)
- Department stores, directed by Castellano and Pipolo (1986)
- The lieutenant of the carabinieri, directed by Maurizio Ponzi (1986)
- According to Pontius Pilate, directed by Luigi Magni (1987)
- The picari, directed by Mario Monicelli (1987)
- Naples-Berlin, a taxi in the night (Helsinki-Naples all night long), directed by Mika
- Traveling with Alberto (Alberto Express), directed by Albert Joffé (1990)
- In name of the sovereign people, directed by Luigi Magni (1991)
- Mima, directed by Philippe Esposito (1991)
- The Flying Dutchman (Der fiegende Hollander), directed by Jos Stelling (1995)
- Shot of the moon, directed by Alberto Simone (1995)
- Thanks for everything, directed by Luca Manfredi (1998)
- The carbonara, directed by Luigi Magni (1999)
- A Milanese in Rome, directed by Diego Febbraro (2001)
- Open your eyes and ... dream, directed by Rosario Errico (2002)
- Pasquino's night, directed by Luigi Magni (2002)
- The end of a mystery (La luz prodigiosa), directed by Miguel Hermoso (2003)
- The life of Jesus (1975)
- Julianus coffin, directed by Gébor Koltay (1991)
- A commissioner in Rome, directed by Ignazio Agosta and Luca Manfredi (telefilm series) (1992)
- Linda and the sergeant, directed by Gianfrancesco Lazotti and Roberto Giannarelli (telefilm series) (1997)
- Father and daughter
- Hunting and fishing
- The door closed
- The missing tourist
- The beauty of the donkey
- The missing towel
- The morality of the ant
- The doctor of the USL
- Linda and Brigadier 2, directed by Gianfrancesco Lazotti (telefilm series) (1998)
- Linda's brother
- The coat exchanged
- The stolen pension
- The discreet eye
- God created us for free, directed by Angelo Antonucci (1998)
- Linda, the sergeant and ..., directed by Alberto Simone (telefilm series) (1999)
- Better late than never, directed by Luca Manfredi (1999)
- Any story, directed by Alberto Simone (2000)
- A family defect, directed by Alberto Simone (2002)
- Chiaroscuro, directed by Tomaso Sherman (2003)
- La Pasquino night, directed by Luigi Magni (2003)
- A quiet place, directed by Luca Manfredi (2003)
Director and screenwriter
- Difficult love, episode The adventure of a soldier (also screenplay) (1962)
- By grace received (also subject and screenplay) (1970)
- Nudo di donna (started by Alberto Lattuada, also subject and screenplay) (1981)
- Angels and colors comedy by Carlo Linati directed by Pietro Masserano Taricco, with Salvo Randone, Nino Manfredi, Giovanni Cimara, Nella Maria Bonora, Anna Maestri, Thursday 15 May 1950, blue network, 21,15 pm.
- Red and black n ° 2, varieties of Faele, Amurri, Ricci and Romano, present Nino Manfredi, Paolo Ferrari, Gianni Bonagura with Corrado orchestra directed by Riz Ortolani directed by Riccardo Mantoni, on Friday evenings 1955 1956, according to program at 21pm.
- Canzonissima by Garinei and Giovannini with the collaboration of Dino Verde, Lina Wertmuller, with Delia Scala, Nino Manfredi, Paolo Panelli, choreography Don Lurio, Bruno Canfora orchestra, directed by Antonello Falqui, Wednesdays 1959 1960.
- Variety Show, presents Nino Manfredi, from the Impero Theater of Varese orchestra by Gorni Kramer directed by Antonello Falqui Wednesday 31 May 1961, 22,05 pm.