Ninetto Davoli

Ninetto Davoli (born 11 October 1948 as Giovanni Davoli) is an Italian actor who became known through his roles in several of Pier Paolo Pasolini's films. Davoli was born in San Pietro a Maida, Calabria. He was discovered by poet, novelist and film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who had begun a relationship with Davoli, then a 15 year old boy, in 1963. First cast in a non-speaking role in the film Il vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St. Matthew, 1964), Davoli next co-starred with celebrated comic Totò in Uccellacci e uccellini (The Hawks and the Sparrows, 1966). He played mostly comical-naïve roles in several more of Pasolini's films, the last of which was Il fiore delle Mille e una Notte (A Thousand and One Nights/Arabian Nights, 1974). After Pasolini's death in 1975, Davoli turned increasingly to television productions.


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