Raimondo Vianello

Raimondo Vianello (7 May 1922 – 15 April 2010) was an Italian film actor, comedian, and television host. He was a well-known Italian television personality.

Raimondo Vianello
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Raimondo Vianello (1980s)
Born(1922-05-07)7 May 1922
Rome, Italy
Died15 April 2010(2010-04-15) (aged 87)
Milan, Italy
Other namesRiccardo Vianello
Raimondo Viani
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, television presenter
Years active1947–1968 (cinema)
1954–2008 (TV)
(m. 1962)


He was born in Rome, but spent his youth in Pula, where his father, an Admiral of the Regia Marina, directed the local naval academy.[1]

During World War II he joined the Italian Social Republic,[2] the fascist puppet state established in northern Italy after the Allied invasion of Italy. He was captured by American troops. In 1958 he met actress Sandra Mondaini, whom he married four years later, and with whom he frequently appeared in TV shows during his whole career.

His first famous partner on the small screen was Ugo Tognazzi with whom, starting from 1954, he hosted the satyrical show Un due tre; the show was halted in 1959 after the duo performed an ironical sketch about the then-president of the Republic, Giovanni Gronchi.[2][3] Vianello then moved full-time to cinema, appearing in a total of 79 films between 1947 and 1968. In the 1970s he returned to RAI (the Italian state broadcasting company, then the only one existing) with a series of Saturday shows which made him and Mondaini extremely popular as hosts and authors of sketches.[3] During his TV career Vianello also hosted quiz shows, such as Zig Zag and Il gioco del 9 on Canale 5; he also hosted the 1998 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival[1] and, from 1991 to 1999, Pressing, Mediaset's Sunday night sports talk show.[3]

His best-known and long-lasting TV programme, Casa Vianello, was a sit-com shot from 1988 to 2008 and broadcast by Mediaset channels Canale 5 and later moved to Rete 4, in which he and Mondaini played fictionalised versions of themselves.

He died at the San Raffaele Hospital of kidney failure in Milan on 15 April 2010 at the age of 87.[3][4][5] His wife Sandra Mondaini died on 21 September 2010, in San Raffaele hospital in Milan, 5 months after he died.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "E' morto a Milano Raimondo Vianello Gran signore dello humour televisivo". la Repubblica (in Italian). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Addio a Raimondo Vianello Anche il calcio piange". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Addio Vianello, signore dello humour". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  4. ^ Tv. Raimondo Vianello, the gentleman of Italian humour has just died.
  5. ^ Maria Volpe (18 April 2010). "Sandra, con Raimondo fino all'ultimo" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 26 November 2021.

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