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Massimo Ranieri

  Massimo Ranieri (born Giovanni Calone, May 3, 1951), is an Italian pop singer, film and stage actor. He was born in Naples (at Santa Lucia), the fourth of eight children in the family. When he was 10, young Giovanni would sing at restaurants, wedding receptions, etc. He was discovered by a music producer about 4 years later and was flown to New York to record an EP under the name of Gianni Rock. He recorded 4 songs in 1964: Tanti auguri signora, Se mi aspetti stasera, Non chiudere la porta, and La Prima Volta. None of the records were successful, because young Gianni's voice was changing. Two years later, he would later re-emerge under his new stage name, Massimo Ranieri. In 1966, he made his TV debut singing "Bene Mio". A year later, he made another TV appearance singing, "Pietà per chi ti ama". In 1968, he recorded 2 more songs: "Da Bambino", Ma L'amore cos'è" and "Preghiera". But it wasn't until 1969, when he really became successful and became a teen idol making all the young girls scream for him, when he sang "O Sole Mio" on live TV. Soon, in most every TV appearance he made, you could hear the girls screaming in the background. That same year, he had a string of hits: "Rita", "Se bruciasse la citta", "Quando l'amore diventa poesia", "Il mio amore resta sempre" and "Zingara". In 1970, "Vent'anni", "Sogno d'amore", "Sei l'amore mio", "Aranjuez Amore Mio", "Candida". During that year, Massimo decided to venture into acting. His screen debut, Metello received rave reviews by critics, and he even won an award for portraying the title character. He co-starred with Anna Magnani in La Sciantosa, later that year. In 1971, "Adagio Veneziano", "Via del Conservatorio", "Io e Te". He represented Italy in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, where he placed 5th with the song, "L'Amore E' Un Attimo. " That same year he had fathered a daughter, Cristiana, out of wedlock with Franca Sebastiani. He didn't want to have anything to do with her, saying that he was too young and inexperienced, and that it was damage to his career. He didn't have any contact with her until she was about 20. In 1972, "Ti Ruberei", "O Surdato 'nnamurato", "Erba di Casa Mia". In 1973, "Amo Ancora Lei". He returned to the Eurovision Song Contest that year in Luxembourg to represent Italy with "Chi sarà con te", where he placed 13th. And in 1974, "Te Voglio Bene Assaie", "Immagina", "Per Una Donna". During that year, he filmed Salvo D'Acquisto, where he portrayed a Carabinieri policeman who was executed by the Nazis during World War II.   Description above from the Wikipedia article Massimo Ranieri, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 3, 1951 In Naples, Campania, Italy
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Eurovision Song Contest 1956-05-24
Latest Project:
Movie Ferro 2020-11-06
Known For
Poster of Ferro
Poster of I Hate Summer
Poster of Meraviglie - La penisola dei tesori
Poster of Romance
Movie Ferro Himself 2020-11-06
Movie I Hate Summer Se stesso 2020-01-30
Series Meraviglie - La penisola dei tesori Unknown 2018-01-04
Movie Pino Daniele - Il tempo resterà Himself 2017-03-20
Movie Riccardo va all'inferno 2017-11-30
Movie La macchinazione Pier Paolo Pasolini 2016-03-24
Movie Sabato, domenica e lunedì Peppino Priore 2012-05-01
Movie The Squallor himself 2012-09-26
Movie La meravigliosa avventura di Antonio Franconi Antonio Franconi 2011-10-29
Movie Questi Fantasmi Pasquale Lojacono 2011-11-16
Movie Passione 2010-09-04
Movie Filumena Marturano Domenico Soriano 2010-11-30
Movie L'ultimo gattopardo - Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo Himself 2010-09-07
Movie L'ultimo Pulcinella Michelangelo Fracanzan 2009-03-13
Movie Civico zero Giuliano 2007-11-23
Movie Pilot Operation Raffaele 2007-02-18
Movie No way out - A broken love 2007-06-04
Movie The Courage to Love Massimo 2005-06-29
Movie Le Genre humain, 1re partie : Les Parisiens Unknown 2004-09-15
Movie Fondali notturni 2002-10-04
Movie To Fly! Antonio 1999-01-16
Movie L'ombra nera del Vesuvio Toni Carità 1987-02-22
Movie Habibi, amor mío 1981-03-02
Movie A Gun for a Cop Paolo Palumbo 1981-01-01
Movie L'ultima volta insieme Paolo Antonelli 1981-10-21
Movie Priest of Love Piero Pini 1981-10-11
Movie Casta e pura Fernando 1981-10-30
Movie Hot Potato Claudio 1979-02-02
Movie Born Winner Sandro 1976-01-01
Movie Death Rage Angelo 1976-10-22
Movie The Cousin Enzo 1974-07-26
Movie Salvo D'Acquisto Salvo D'Acquisto 1974-12-03
Movie Chronicle of a Homicide Fabio Sola 1972-02-04
Movie Bubu Piero 1971-02-16
Movie The Light at the Edge of the World Felipe 1971-07-16
Movie Romance Sandro Zanichelli 1971-10-29
Movie Tre donne - La sciantosa Tonino / young soldier 1971-09-26
Movie Metello Metello Salani 1970-06-02
Series Eurovision Song Contest Unknown 1956-05-24