Mario Fabrizi

Mario Edgio Pantaleone Fabrizi (1924 – 5 April 1963) was an English comedian and actor of Italian descent, noted for his luxuriant moustache. He was active in Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s.[1][2]

Mario Fabrizi
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Born
Mario Edgio Pantaleone Fabrizi

1924 (1924)
Holborn, London, England
Died5 April 1963(1963-04-05) (aged 38–39)
London, England
OccupationActor
Years active1956–1963
Spouse(s)
Katherine Boyne
(m. 1960)
Children1

LifeEdit

Fabrizi was born to Italian parents in Holborn, London, England, in 1924, his mother's maiden name being Pisani.[3] His father was a Vicomte (Italian: visconte), a title that Mario inherited on his father's death in 1959.[4] He married Katherine Boyne of Leeds on 28 May 1960.[4] They had a son, Anthony, in 1961.[5][6]

On 5 April 1963 Fabrizi died of a stress-related illness at his home in Neasden, London; his wife and son survived him. A week before his death, he had announced that he was leaving show business.[7]

His son Anthony is now a businessman based in the City of London.[8]

CareerEdit

On ITV, Fabrizi was well known for his role in Granada Television's popular series The Army Game, as Corporal "Moosh" Merryweather,[9] while on BBC television, he was a regular member of the ensemble cast of the Tony Hancock sitcom Hancock's Half Hour.[10][11] His most notable film role was as Neville Shanks, the photographer, in Hancock's 1963 film, The Punch and Judy Man.[12] He also worked frequently with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.[13]

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mario Fabrizi". www.aveleyman.com.
  2. ^ "Mario Fabrizi".
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS.
  4. ^ a b Daily Mirror 27 May 1960 p26 "Mush Takes a (Real-Life) plunge!"
  5. ^ Pellegrineti claim to fame[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ LucyWho Mario Fabrizi and 5 month old son
  7. ^ Mario Fabrizi at IMDb
  8. ^ "Market profile".
  9. ^ "ITV's First Sitcom - The Army Game". 31 March 2020.
  10. ^ Perry, Chris (3 February 2016). The Kaleidoscope British Christmas Television Guide 1937-2013. Lulu.com. ISBN 9781900203609 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ BBC. "Hancock's Half-Hour".
  12. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Punch and Judy Man, The (1962) Credits". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  13. ^ Sikov, Ed (19 August 2011). Mr Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers. Pan Macmillan. ISBN 9781447207146 – via Google Books.

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