Maurizio Arena

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Maurizio Arena
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Born Maurizio Di Lorenzo
(1933-12-26)26 December 1933
Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died 21 November 1979(1979-11-21) (aged 45)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor
Years active 1952–1978

Maurizio Arena (26 December 1933 – 21 November 1979) was an Italian film actor. He appeared in 78 films between 1952 and 1978.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Rome as Maurizio Di Lorenzo, Arena made his film debut at nineteen years old, with a small role in Bellezze in moto-scooter.[1] His breakout role came in 1956 with the role of Romolo in the successful Dino Risi's romance-comedy film Poveri ma belli.[1] Until the early 1960s Arena was one of the most popular actors in the Italian cinema, as well as a protagonist of gossip columns for his tumultuous sentimental life.[1] Declined the fame, he was active as a character actor in films often of modest value until his death.[1]

An occasional singer, in the last years of his short life Arena was also a healer with some local following.[1] He died at age 45 following a heart attack which occurred as a result of worsening of the renal affection he suffered from some time.[2] In 2008 a park was named after him in his native district Garbatella.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Roberto Chiti, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano. Gli attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 8884402131. 
  2. ^ Luciano Curino (23 November 1979). "Addio, superfusto degli Anni Cinquanta". La Stampa. p. 18. 
  3. ^ Cecilia Cirenei (14 February 2008). "Nel compleanno alla Garbatella un parco per Maurizio Arena". La Repubblica. p. 17. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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