Enrico Montesano is an Italian actor with a great television experience. He was born in Rome in 1945, by Armando Montesano and Iolanda Braconi. As a young man Enrico graduated as a surveyor, but his path seems already marked; in the sixties he acted at the Goldoni Theater for Vittorio Metz’s Black Humor show and walked the stage of a Roman club called Puff, where he joined Lando Fiorini in the role of stand-up comedian.
In 1968, Montesano made his television debut in the Sunday Friends of Castellano and Pipolo program. Here he presents his first successful character, Felice Allegria. Back on the stage, he made his debut at the Bagaglino with the show Tiette la Cica. An important stage that inaugurates his collaboration with Gabriella Ferri: the two, in fact, will meet again a few years later on television and will then collaborate in Dove sta Zazà (1973) and Mazzabubbù (1975).
In the seventies, De Filippo had a successful radio program, Gran Varietà, in which many characters emerged who became milestones of his career: the retired Torquato, the Neapolitans Dudù and Cocò, the English woman. He also stands out in I have nothing to do with it (1975) and Quantunque io (1977), where he is the absolute protagonist. Although his film debut is dated 1966, when he participates in the film Io non protesto, io amo by Ferdinando Baldi, it is in the seventies that he also emerges on the big screen. A trilogy produced by Dino De Laurentiis – I do not scgire … I run away, I do not break … I break, I do not see you do not speak / I do not see he does not hear – paved the way for an exceptional amount of feature films.
In the 70s and 80s we see him in Bread, butter and jam, Io tigro tu tigri lui tigra and Aragosta a breakfast by Giorgio Capitani; Italy is broken, horse fever, sue me for Steno; Il ladrone, Qua la mano, Culo e shirt by Pasquale Festa Campanile; The Count Tacchia and Canta Canta by Sergio Corbucci. And again in Camera d ‘hotel and I picari by Mario Monicelli; Under… under… scrambled by Lina Wetmuller’s anomalous passion; The lieutenant of the carabinieri, We tough men, Maurizio Ponzi’s Il volpone.
In 1978 Enrico Montesano achieved great success in the role of Rugantino and in 1981 he made an encore with one of the first Italian one-man-shows, Bravo! In 1988 he returned to television with a conduction edition of the success of Fantastico, which listens to the highest ratings in the history of the program and a sales success of Italy lottery tickets still unsurpassed today. Subsequent programs include If time were a shrimp (1986), Blessed are you! (1992) and Thank God for Mary (1997), based on Robin Williams’ Mrs Doubtfire.
In the 2000s, the actor Enrico Montesano devoted himself mainly to theatrical activity. He has acted in shows like In spite of everything blessed are you!, Noio voulevan savuar, It’s allowed!, A family dream, Roman walks, From Petrolini to Montesano, Happy birthday and There is something in you. In 2016 and 2017 he was a member of the jury of Tale e show, the Rai 1 Saturday evening program conducted by Milly Carlucci. From October 2022 he will be among the competitors of Dancing with the Stars, the Saturday evening program of Rai 1 conducted by Milly Carlucci. On the dance floor he is paired with the dancer Alessandra Tripoli.
Indeed, Enrico Montesano’s family background is full of artists. Great-great-grandfather Nicola was a comedian; great-grandfather Michele founded an operetta company with his brother Achille; grandfather Enrico was an orchestra conductor and grandmother Bianca was an actress. The actor’s love life is particularly rich when you consider that he had six children with three different women. While still young, he got engaged and was a long time partner of the stylist Marina Spadafora. From their relationship was born Mattia (1986). Later he met and married Tamara Montrasio with whom he had three children in a few years, Lavina, Tommaso and Oliver. At the beginning of the 1992 bride Enrico Montesano Teresa Trisorio, his current consort. It is a relationship that turns out to be long-lived and fruitful: the two become parents of Michele Enrico and Marco Valerio and are,
In the seventies, Enrico Montesano was a leftist and supporter of Achille Occhetto, but then he got involved in politics and was elected city councilor in Rome in 1993. In 1994 he was elected to the European Parliament as a member of the PSI. He later joined Gianni Alemanno’s right-wing party and supported him as mayor of Rome. But Montesano criticized some of Alemanno’s actions and in recent years he joined the 5 Star Movement. As the Covid-19 virus spread across Europe, it appeared in online video publications and public demonstrations against measures taken to fight the virus. In several cases it has made statements that have been found to be false or misleading.