|Birth name||Gian Luigi Morandi|
|Born||11 December 1944|
Monghidoro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Gianni Morandi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanni moˈrandi]; born 11 December 1944) is an Italian pop singer, actor and entertainer.
Gian Luigi Morandi was born in a little village called Monghidoro on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. His father Renato was active within the Italian Communist Party and Gianni used to help him sell the party newspapers. At an early age Morandi worked as a shoe-shiner, cobbler and as a vendor of sweets in the village's only cinema. His vocal abilities led him to a number of small gigs, some of which were during the Communist Party’s activities.
He made his debut in 1962 and quickly placed high at or won a number of Italian popular song festivals, including the Canzonissima festival in 1969. In 1962 he was signed by RCA Italiana and achieved national stardom with the song "Fatti mandare dalla mamma", and remained Italy’s darling throughout that decade.
In 1970, he represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with "Occhi di ragazza". His career went into a decline in the 1970s but underwent a revival in the 1980s. He won the Festival of Sanremo in 1987 with "Si può dare di più" together with Enrico Ruggeri and Umberto Tozzi, placed second in 1995 and third in 2000 and 2022.
It is estimated that Morandi has sold 50 million recordings.
He has written a number of autobiographical books and appeared in 18 films. In TV he played Claude Jade's husband Davide in the 1984 TV series Voglia di volare. He also played as actor in several TV series, as well as the host in popular Italian television shows.
In 1966 he married actress Laura Efrikian, with whom he played in several Musicarelli films together. The couple divorced in 1979.
Morandi was chosen to be the presenter of Sanremo Music Festival 2011, together with Belén Rodriguez and Elisabetta Canalis. They were joined by comedians Luca Bizzarri and Paolo Kessisoglu from Italia 1's satire show Le Iene. In October 2011, he was confirmed as the presenter of the Sanremo Music Festival 2012.
At the beginning of 2016, Gianni Morandi started a tour called "Capitani Coraggiosi Tour" with Claudio Baglioni. A double album will be published on February 5. In 2017 he sang with Fabio Rovazzi the song "Volare", a big hit.
In 2019 his 1964 song "In ginocchio da te" gained renewed popularity as it was featured in one of the main scenes of the South Korean movie Parasite, which won four Oscars the following year, including Best Picture.
Morandi participated at the 2022 Sanremo Festival, where his song "Apri Tutte le Porte" finished in 3rd place, in a competition of 25 other singers.
|In ginocchio da te||1964||Gianni Traimonti|
|Highest Pressure||1965||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|Se non avessi più te||Gianni Traimonti|
|Non son degno di te|
|Mi vedrai tornare||1966||Gianni Aleardi|
|Per amore... per magia...||1967||Aladdin|
|A Pocketful of Chestnuts||1970||Luigi Vivarelli|
|La cosa buffa||1972||Antonio|
|Società e responsabilità molto limitata||1973||Enea Marano|
|Natale a casa Deejay||2004||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|Padroni di casa||2012||Fausto Mieli|
|The Pills - Sempre meglio che lavorare||2016||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|1967||TuttoTotò||Himself||Italian TV Series; episode: "Totò Ciak"|
|Dietro le quinte - Gianni Morandi & Patti Pravo||Himself||Co-host, alongside Patti Pravo|
|1969||Stasera Gianni Morandi||Himself||Host|
|1970||Canzonissima||Himself||Musical performer & winner|
|1975||Alle nove della sera||Himself||Host|
|1978–1979||10 Hertz||Himself||Co-host alongside Carla Carbone|
|1984||Voglia di Volare||Davide||Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|1985||Voglia di Cantare||Paolo Fontana||Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|1987||La voglia di vincere||Marco||Italian TV Miniseries: 3 episodes|
|1990||Gianni Morandi: Questa è la storia||Himself||Host|
|1993||In fuga per la vita||Michele||Italian TV Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|1995||La voce del cuore||Daniele Montero||Italian TV Miniseries; 4 episodes|
|1998||La forza dell'amore||Fabrizio||Italian TV Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|1999||C'era un ragazzo||Himself/ Various||Musical show, host|
|2000–2003||Un disco per l'estate||Himself||Regular guest|
|2004||Stasera Gianni Morandi||Himself||Host|
|2006||Non facciamoci prendere dal panico||Himself||Variety show|
|2011||Sanremo Music Festival||Himself||Annual music festival|
|2012||Himself||Annual music festival|
|2013||Gianni Morandi - Live in Arena||Himself||Live concert|
|2014||Zelig||Himself||Variety show; 4th episode|
|2015||Capitani coraggiosi||Himself||Co-host alongside Claudio Baglioni|
|2016||Untraditional||Himself||Italian TV Series; episode: "Un ricco spuntino"|
|2017–2019||L'isola di Pietro||Dr. Pietro Sereni||Italian TV Series; 18 episodes, Lead actor|
|2018||Io e Lucio||Himself||TV Special; co-host|