Mario Fabrizi

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Mario Fabrizi
Born Mario E.P. Fabrizi
Holborn, London, England, UK
Died 5 April 1963
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956-1963
Spouse(s) Katherine Boyne (28 May 1960 – 5 April 1963, his death)

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


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]


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

Selected filmography[edit]


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  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 on IMDb
  8. ^ "Market profile". 
  9. ^ Perry, Chris (3 February 2016). "The Kaleidoscope British Christmas Television Guide 1937-2013". – via Google Books. 
  10. ^ BBC. "Hancock's Half-Hour". 
  11. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Punch and Judy Man, The (1962) Credits". 
  12. ^ Sikov, Ed (19 August 2011). "Mr Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers". Pan Macmillan – via Google Books. 

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