Lando Buzzanca
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Buzzanca in 2009 at the Roma Fiction Festival
Born
Gerlando Buzzanca

(1935-08-24) 24 August 1935 (age 86)
OccupationActor, Theatre director
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)
Lucia Peralta
(m. 1956; died 2010)
Partner(s)Francesca Della Valle
ChildrenMario and Massimiliano

Gerlando Buzzanca (born 24 August 1935), best known as Lando Buzzanca, is an Italian theatrical, film and television actor, whose career spanned over 55 years.

Life and career

Lando Buzzanca and Delia Scala in the television show Signore e signora (1970)
Lando Buzzanca and Delia Scala in the television show Signore e signora (1970)

Born in Palermo the son of a cinema projectionist, at 16 years old Buzzanca left the high school and moved to Rome to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.[1][2] In order to survive, he took many jobs including waiter, furniture mover, and a brief appearance as a slave in the film Ben-Hur. He made his official debut in Pietro Germi's Divorce, Italian Style, and soon specialized in the role of the average immigrant from southern Italy.[2][3]

After two successful "James Tont" films in which he played a parody of James Bond, starting from the late 1960s, Buzzanca got a large success in a series of satirical commedia sexy all'italiana films which satirized major institutions such as politics, religion, trade unions and financial world. With the decline of the genre, he slowed his film activities, focusing into theatre and television, in which he enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the 2000s thanks to a series of well-received TV-series.[2][3]

In 2013, following the death of his wife Lucia and a heavy depression, Buzzanca attempted suicide by cutting his veins.[4]
In 2014 he suffered from a mild cerebral ischemia which caused him aphasia, but by the following year he had fully recovered from his depressive period and started a relationship with a younger woman, Antonella.
In 2016 he participated as dancer in the television program Ballando con le Stelle and started a new and intense romance with a younger actress and journalist Francesca Della Valle.[5]

In 2019 Buzzanca lived a great moment of happiness with his partner, Francesca, to whom he has been romantically linked since 2016, whom he would liked to marry.[6][7]

In 2020 Buzzanca had some disagreements with his sons for the administration of family assets, and at the request of his sons to the tutelary judge he is joined by an administrator in the management of his assets.[8]

On 21 April 2021, the day after being vaccinated for COVID-19, he fell at home due to a sudden illness that left him unconscious. He suffered a head injury and was rescued by the maid, who found him the day after the accident still unconscious on the ground and called an ambulance. He was admitted to the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome.[9][10][11]

On 15 August 2021, Buzzanca, after the treatment received at the hospital, seems to have fully recovered, as confirmed also by his son Massimiliano. Furthermore, he would be ready to marry again in Rome with his partner Francesca Della Valle.[12]

Awards

David di Donatello

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 I Vicerè Best Actor Nominated

Golden Globes, Italy

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008 I Vicerè Best Actor Won

Filmography

Year Film Role Director
1959 Ben-Hur Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited) William Wyler
1961 Divorce, Italian Style Rosario Mulè Pietro Germi
1962 His Days Are Numbered Son of Cesare Elio Petri
1963 The Eye of the Needle carabiniere Sanfilippo Marcello Andrei
1963 The Girl from Parma Michele Pantanò Antonio Pietrangeli
1963 Le monachine Amilcare Franzetti Luciano Salce
1963 I mostri Luciana's Husband (segment "Come un padre") Dino Risi
1964 Extraconjugal Roberto (segment "La doccia") Massimo Franciosa
1964 Corpse for the Lady Enzo Mario Mattoli
1964 Seduced and Abandoned Antonio Ascalone Pietro Germi
1964 Love in Four Dimensions Sicilian husband Mino Guerrini (segment "Amore e alfabeto")
1964 I marziani hanno dodici mani Lo sposo Castellano & Pipolo
1964 Love and Marriage (segment "La prima notte") Mino Guerrini and Gianni Puccini
1964 The Magnificent Cuckold Guardian Antonio Pietrangeli
1965 Su e giù Cuccio (segment "Questione di Principo") Mino Guerrini
1965 Letti sbagliati (segment "Il complicato") Steno
1965 James Tont operazione U.N.O. James Tont Bruno Corbucci
1965 James Tont operazione D.U.E. James Tont Bruno Corbucci
1965 The Sucker Lino Gérard Oury
1965 The Double Bed Birolli Jean Delannoy, François Dupont-Midi, Alvaro Mancori and Gianni Puccini
1965 Made in Italy Giulio (segment "Usi e costumi") Nanni Loy
1966 For a Few Dollars Less Bill Mario Mattoli
1966 Ringo and Gringo Against All Serg. Gringo Bruno Corbucci
1966 I nostri mariti Ragionier Manzi (segment "Il Marito di Olga") Luigi Filippo D'Amico, Dino Risi and Luigi Zampa
1966 After the Fox Police Chief Vittorio De Sica
1967 Spia, spione Carlo Barazzetti Bruno Corbucci
1967 A Rose for Everyone Lino Franco Rossi
1967 Don Juan in Sicily Giovanni Percolla Alberto Lattuada
1967 Operation St. Peter's Napoleone Lucio Fulci
1968 Colpo di sole ? Mino Guerrini
1968 Anyone Can Play Blackmailer Luigi Zampa
1968 Better a Widow Massito Duccio Tessari
1968 Criminal Affair Esteban de Flori Rossano Brazzi
1969 Puro siccome un angelo papà mi fece monaco... di Monza Nunzio di Licordia Giovanni Grimaldi
1969 La donna a una dimensione Host on TV (uncredited) Bruno Baratti
1969 House of Pleasure Count Lombardini Franz Antel
1969 Monte Carlo or Bust! Marcello Ken Annakin
1970 Un caso di coscienza Salvatore Vaccagnino Giovanni Grimaldi
1970 Il debito coniugale Orazio Franco Prosperi
1970 Fermate il mondo…voglio scendere! Ricky Ceciarelli Giancarlo Cobelli
1970 When Women Had Tails Kao Pasquale Festa Campanile
1970 The Swinging Confessors Don Salvatore Marco Vicario
1970 La prima notte del Dottor Danieli, industriale col complesso del... giocattolo Carlo Danieli Giovanni Grimaldi
1970 Nel giorno del Signore Pietro Bruno Corbucci
1971 The Blonde in the Blue Movie Rosario Trapanese Steno
1971 Man of the Year Michele Cannaritta Marco Vicario
1971 Secret Fantasy Niccolò Vivaldi Pasquale Festa Campanile
1971 Le belve Various characters Giovanni Grimaldi
1972 The Eroticist Giacinto "Gianni" Puppis Lucio Fulci
1972 When Women Lost Their Tails Ham Pasquale Festa Campanile
1972 Il sindacalista Saverio Ravizzi Luciano Salce
1972 La calandria Lidio Pasquale Festa Campanile
1972 L'uccello migratore Andrea Pomeraro Steno
1973 My Darling Slave Demetrio Cultrera Giorgio Capitani
1973 Il magnate Furio Cicerone Giovanni Grimaldi
1973 Io e lui Rico Luciano Salce
1974 Playing the Field Carmelo Lo Cascio Luigi Filippo D'Amico
1974 Il domestico Rosario "Sasà" Cabaduni Luigi Filippo D'Amico
1975 Il fidanzamento Luigi Mannozzi Giovanni Grimaldi
1975 Il gatto mammone Lollo Mascalucia Nando Cicero
1975 Dracula in the Provinces Cav. Costante Nicosia Lucio Fulci
1976 San Pasquale Baylonne protettore delle donne Giuseppe Cicerchia Luigi Filippo D'Amico
1978 Travolto dagli affetti familiari Memé Di Costanzo Mauro Severino
1980 Prestami tua moglie Alex Fortini Giuliano Carnimeo
1982 I'm Going to Live by Myself Giuseppe Marco Risi
1987 Secondo Ponzio Pilato Valerian Luigi Magni
1994 Once a Year, Every Year Giuseppe Marco Risi
2000 Il segreto del giaguaro Mazzaro Antonello Fassari
2007 I Vicerè Prince Giacomo Roberto Faenza
2017 Chi salverà le rose? Claudio Cesare Furesi
2018 W Gli Sposi Reverendo Valerio Zanoli

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Signore e signora
1988 Cinema
1999 Cornetti al miele
2003 Una famiglia per caso
2005 Il cielo può attendere
2005 Mio figlio
2007 Chiara e Francesco
2007 La baronessa di Carini
2010 Lo scandalo della Banca Romana
2010 Capri season 3
2010 Io e mio figlio - Nuove storie per il commissario Vivaldi Federico Vivaldi
2012–2014 Il Restauratore Basilio Corsi season 1–2 (28 episodes)
2012 Terra ribelle – Il nuovo mondo Alfredo Malagridas season 2
2013 Donne in gioco
2016 Ballando con le stelle Ballando con le Stelle (series 11)
2017 Meglio tardi che mai

References

  1. ^ Sergio Buonadonna (8 August 2010). "Lando Buzzanca". La Repubblica. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Fabio Secchi Frau. "Lando Buzzanca: Il cinema italiano mi fece sexy". MyMovies. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. "Buzzanca, Lando". Gli Attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.
  4. ^ "Lando Buzzanca si confessa: "E' vero, ho tentato il suicidio"". Il Mattino. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Lando Buzzanca, playboy senza età". Novella 2000. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Lando Buzzanca si sposa a 83 anni. "Io e Francesca siamo due bambini"". ilgiornale.it. ilgiornale.it. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Lando Buzzanca e la sua nuova fiamma". ilgiornale.it. ilgiornale.it. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Lando Buzzanca in guerra con i figli: "Mi danno del rimbambito per prendersi la casa"". 16 January 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Il malore poi la caduta. Lando Buzzanca è in ospedale". ilgiornale.it. ilgiornale.it. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Lando Buzzanca, lo sfogo della compagna Francesca Della Valle: "Lui è in ospedale e non mi permettono neanche di vederlo" – ESCLUSIVO". oggi.it. oggi.it. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Lando Buzzanca ricoverato da un mese, la compagna rivela: "Non so più nulla di lui"". tgcom24.mediaset.it. tgcom24.mediaset.it. 26 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Lando Buzzanca, dal ricovero alla gioia: la sua vita è cambiata grazie a lei". ultimaparola.com. ultimaparola.com. 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.