Eduardo De Filippo

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Senator for life
Eduardo De Filippo
Eduardo De Filippo e sughero del Teatro San Carlino.jpg
De Filippo with a model of the
Teatro San Carlino [it] (1955)
Born (1900-05-24)24 May 1900
Died 31 October 1984(1984-10-31) (aged 84)
Occupation Actor, playwright, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Isabella Quarantotti (m. 1977) (d.2005)
Thea Prandi (1956-1959) (d.1961)
Dorothy Pennington (1928-1956)
Children Luca De Filippo
Parent(s) Luisa De Filippo
Eduardo Scarpetta
Relatives Peppino De Filippo (brother)
Titina De Filippo (sister)

Eduardo De Filippo (24 May 1900 – 31 October 1984), also known simply as Eduardo[1] was an Italian actor, playwright, screenwriter, author and poet, best known for his Neapolitan works Filumena Marturano and Napoli Milionaria. Considered as one of the most important italian artists of 20th century was author of many theatrical dramas put on play and directed by himself first and later awarded and played outside Italy. For his artistic merits and contribution to the culture was nominee senatore a vita by Italian Presidente della Repubblica Sandro Pertini.


De Filippo was born in Naples to playwright Eduardo Scarpetta and theatre seamstress and costumier Luisa De Filippo. He began acting at the age of five and in 1932 formed a theater company with his brother Peppino and sister Titina, called compagnia del Teatro Umoristico I De Filippo. Peppino left the troupe in 1944 and Titina departed by the early 1950s. After the war, in 1948 he bought the S. Ferdinando theatre in Naples, inaugurated in 1954. De Filippo starred in De Sica's L'oro di Napoli with Totò and Sophia Loren in 1954. In 1973 a production of his Sabato, domenica e lunedi (1959, Saturday, Sunday and Monday), starring Laurence Olivier in the lead role, won the London drama critics' award.[2][3] His translation of Shakespeare's The Tempest into Neapolitan was published in 1982.

In 1981, De Filippo was appointed life senator of the Italian Republic. He died three years later in Rome. His artistic legacy has been carried over by his son Luca De Filippo.



  • Farmacia di turno (The All-night Chemist, 1920)
  • Uomo e galantuomo (Man and Gentleman, 1922)
  • *Requie a l'anema soja/I morti non fanno paura (May his soul rest, 1926)
  • Ditegli sempre di sì (Always tell him "yes", 1927)
  • Filosoficamente (Philosophically, 1928)
  • Sik-sik, l'artefice magico (Sik-sik the magical maker, 1929)
  • Chi è cchiu' felice 'e me (Who's Happier than Me?, 1929)
  • Quei figuri di trent'anni fa (Those Dudes of 30 Years Ago, 1929)
  • Ogni anno punto e da capo (Every Year Back from the Start, 1931)
  • È arrivato 'o trentuno (The 31st is Here, 1931)
  • Natale in casa Cupiello (Christmas at the Cupiello's, 1931)
  • La voce del padrone/Il successo del giorno (Success of the Day, 1932)
  • Napoli milionaria (The Millions of Naples, 1945)
  • Filumena Marturano (1946)
  • Questi fantasmi (These Ghosts, 1946)
  • Le voci di dentro (Inner Voices, 1948)
  • La grande magia (The Great Magic, 1948)
  • La paura numero uno (The Greatest Fear, 1950)
  • Mia famiglia (Family of Mine, 1955)
  • Bene mio e core mio (My Heart, my Treasure, 1955)
  • De Pretore Vincenzo (Vincent De Pretore, 1957)
  • Sabato, domenica e lunedì (Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 1959)
  • Il sindaco del rione Sanità (Mayor of "Sanità" alley, 1961)
  • L'arte della commedia' ("The Art of Comedy", 1964)
  • Il monumento (The Monument 1970)
  • Gli esami non finiscono mai (Exams never end, 1973)


Totò and Eduardo De Filippo in Napoli Milionaria.


  1. ^ Name used only as actor; as actor and director he signed himself with both name and surname.
  2. ^ Cassell Dictionary of Italian Literature - Page 164
  3. ^ McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of world drama: an international ...: Volume 1 - Page 19

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