Vincenzo Salemme
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Born (1957-07-24) 24 July 1957 (age 64)
Bacoli, Italy
Years active1975-present
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)

Vincenzo Salemme (born 24 July 1957) is an Italian actor, playwright, director and screenwriter.

Life and career

Born in Bacoli, Province of Naples, Salemme began his career in 1976, with the stage company of Tato Russo.[1]

The following year he joined the theatre crew of Eduardo De Filippo, later led by his son Luca, where he worked until 1992.[1] In a 2018 interview, he said that De Filippo taught him to "italianise" words in Neapolitan when not in Naples, so everybody could understand the play.[2]

In the 1990s, Salemme started writing and producing his own comedy plays, enjoying a large success with E fuori nevica.[1][3]

He debuted in the movie industry the early 1980s as a character actor; following his increasing popularity on stage, in 1998 he wrote, directed and starred in the comedy film L'amico del cuore, which enjoyed a considerable commercial success.[1][3]

In the following years, Salemme alternated his personal projects, on stage and on the big screen, and leading roles in films by other directors, usually comedies.[3]

Salemme was also the protagonist of two television shows, Famiglia Salemme Show (2006) and Da Nord a Sud... e ho detto tutto! (2009), both of them aired on RAI.[4]


As director and screenwriter

As actor (selection)


  1. ^ a b c d Peppe D'Antonio, Maurizio Di Rienzo (1999). 1998, un anno di esordi: talenti, opportunità e mercato. Lindau, 1999. ISBN 8871802721.
  2. ^ "Interview with Vincenzo Salemme: the Neapolitan theatre explained". The Shortlisted. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Gianni Canova (2005). Enciclopedia del cinema. Garzanti, 2009. ISBN 881150516X.
  4. ^ ""E ho detto tutto": Salemme torna in tv "Con le risate farò unire Nord e Sud"". Il Mattino. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2014.