ester (Воскресенье, 23 декабря 2007, 21:22:48) писал:
People in our country know him mostly as police officer Corrado Cattani, who fought against Italian mob in the successful TV series "La Piovra". However, Michele Placido played many other successful roles not only in films, but also in theater. Recently he has also been directing films.
He was born on May 19, 1947 in Ascoli Satriano, Foggia, Italy. Growing up in a poor family, he had a number of jobs since his youth. He studied acting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, and with Silvia D'Amica at the Academy of Dramatic Arts.
He made his debut as an actor in the play "Midsummer's Night Dream" in 1969. Two years later he started film work under directors such as Luigi Comencini, Mario Monicelli, Salvatore Samperi, Damiano Damiani, Francesco Rossi, Walerian Borowczyk, Marco Bellocchio and Carlo Lizzani. His first big success came with the role of soldier Paolo Passeri in Marcia trionfale (1976, d. Marco Bellocchio) which brought him Donatello's David. Two years later he won the Golden Bear award for the best actor in Berlin for his role of the homosexual worker in ironical melodrama Ernesto (1978, d. Salvatore Samperi). He appeared in several TV movies in 1970s, but 1983 marked the beginning of his big television career when he played the lead in Damiano Damiani's TV series "La Piovra". That brought him widespread fame, and he went on to play the same part in the subsequent three series. In 1989 Placido made his debut as director with "Pummaro", a film about illegal immigrants in Italy. That film was presented at Cannes, as was his second feature-length film "Le amiche del cuore". His fourth and last film as a director "Of Lost Love / Del perduto amore" was screened out of competition at Venice film festival last year.
Films (selection) - 1971: Voce del verbo (TV); Non ho tempo (TV); 1973: Il caso Pisciotta ; Teresa la ladra ; 1974: Romanzo popolare ; 1975: Mose (TV); 1976: Marcia trionfale ; 1977: Kleinhoff Hotel ; 1978: Ernesto; 1979: Lulu; Un uomo in ginocchio ; Il prato ; 1980: Corleone; 1984: Ars amandi ; La piovra (TV); 1986: La piovra 2 (TV); 1987: La piovra 3 (TV); 1988: Mery per sempre ; La piovra 4 (TV); 1989: Pummaro (d. M. Placido); 1992: Le amiche del cuore (d. M. Placido); 1994: Lamerica ; 1995: Poliziotti ; Un eroe borghese (d. M. Placido); 1998: Del perduto amore (d. M. Placido).