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Michele Mirabella
Mirabella in 2011
Born (1943-07-07) 7 July 1943 (age 80)
Bitonto, Italy
Alma materUniversity of Bari (Graduation, Honorary Degree)
University of Ferrara (Honorary Degree)
Occupation(s)Television presenter, University professor

Michele Mirabella Commendatore OMRI (born 7 July 1943) is an Italian television presenter, University professor and actor.


Mirabella graduated in Letters at the University of Bari with a thesis on Luigi Pirandello[1] and received an Honorary Degree in Pharmacy at the University of Ferrara[2] and another in Medicine at the University of Bari.[3] He's also Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.[4]

Show business

During the University years in Bari, Mirabella began his career as an actor and director of theatrical performances of works by Bertolt Brecht, William Shakespeare, Angelo Beolco, Carlo Goldoni, Samuel Beckett and Georg Buchner. Once he moved to Rome he joined RAI and worked on radio, creating and hosting radio broadcasts. In the early 1980s, Mirabella appeared in several movies, including Massimo Troisi's Ricomincio da tre and Lucio Fulci's The Beyond, where he played the role of librarian Martin Avery.

In 1996 he created the successful TV show Elisir, in transmission on Rai 3 from 1996 to 2017: Elisir was an information television programme dedicated to health and well-being based on clarity and informative simplicity.[5]

Mirabella also curated several cultural programs on Rai Cultura.


Mirabella taught "Sociology of communication: theory and techniques" in the Faculty of Cultural Heritage of the University of Lecce, "Sociology of communication: theory and techniques of mass media" at the University of Bari and has taught at the IULM University of Milan. He has also been the artistic director of the Teatro Traetta in Bitonto and the Teatro Nuovo in Udine.

Personal life

Mirabella has been married once, but now he's separated from his wife; he has two daughters, Margherita and Marta; he considers himself Roman Catholic.[6]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ "Biografia di Michele Mirabella" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Ferrara concede la laurea ad honorem al neo 'farmacista' Michele Mirabella". La Repubblica (in Italian). 6 October 2001. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Laurea Honoris Causa a Michele Mirabella". Università di Bari Aldo Moro (in Italian). 8 March 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Le onorificenze della Repubblica Italiana" (in Italian). Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Home Page - Elisir" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  6. ^ Giordano, Lucio (20 May 2022). "Dio per me è come una medicina: per stare bene parlo con Lui". Dipiù (in Italian). No. 20. pp. 86–89.