Mario Riva (26 January 1913 – 1 September 1960) was an Italian television presenter and actor. He appeared in 51 films between 1941 and 1960.[1]

Mario Riva
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Mario Riva (on the left) and Riccardo Billi (on the right) in It Happened at the Police Station (1954)
Mario Bonavolontà

(1913-01-26)26 January 1913
Rome, Italy
Died1 September 1960(1960-09-01) (aged 47)
Verona, Italy
Years active1941–1960

Life and careerEdit

Born in Rome as Mariuccio Bonavolontà, the son of a composer, Giuseppe (Joseph) Bonavolonta (b.1885) and his wife Teresa Chinzari. His father composed over 500 popular tunes including "Goodbye Nemi" and "Fiocca Snow". Mario attended St Joseph College in Piazza di Spagna in Rome.[2]

Riva debuted at young age as a dubber and a radio actor.[3] His film debut was in 1941 in Due cuori sotto sequestro (Two Hearts Seized). He became first known as presenter of the stage show Clan (1942).[3]

After a long season of successes on stage (often in couple with Riccardo Billi) Riva reached the peak of his career with the RAI variety television Il Musichiere (1957-1960) (the Italian version of Name That Tune).[3] He also appeared on several films, usually in supporting roles. While he was presenting from the Arena di Verona (a special event linked to the TV program), the Secondo Festival del Musichiere, he inadvertently fell into a hole in the stage covered with a tarpaulin and died from his injuries a few days later.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Mario Riva". MyMovies. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402697.

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