Cochi Ponzoni
Ponzoni in 1973
Born (1941-03-11) 11 March 1941 (age 80)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
  • Actor
  • screenwriter
  • singer
  • comedian
Years active1964–present

Aurelio Ponzoni (born 11 March 1941), known professionally as Cochi Ponzoni, is an Italian actor, screenwriter, singer and comedian.

Life and career

Born Aurelio Ponzoni in Milan, Ponzoni studied at the Italian Liceo classico in Milan, having Enrico Beruschi as his deskmate.[1]

Ponzoni became first known as one half of the popular comedy duo Cochi & Renato, along with Renato Pozzetto.[2][3]

In 1976 Ponzoni started a parallel solo career, making his film debut as the protagonist in Alberto Lattuada's Cuore di cane and playing the role of the Agostina Belli's lover in The Career of a Chambermaid.[2] After appearing in pair with Pozzetto in a number of comedy films, in the early 1980s, Ponzoni found himself at odds with the work choices by his partner, and chose to focus on dramatic theatre instead, limiting his film career to the occasional sporadic supporting character role.[2] After a long separation, he reunited with Pozzetto in 2000s for a series of television and stage projects.[2]


  1. ^ "Quell'amico che ti segue tutta la vita. Un anno senza il compagno di banco" [The friend who follow you for all the life. A year without the deskmate]. Il Corriere della Sera (in Italian). August 29, 2020. Archived from the original on August 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli artisti. Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.
  3. ^ Aldo Grasso, Massimo Scaglioni, Enciclopedia della Televisione, Garzanti, Milano, 1996 – 2003. ISBN 881150466X.