Sunday, February 18, 2018

RIP Pier Paolo Capponi

Farewell to Pier Paolo Capponi, actor of cinema and TV , from Fernando Di Leo to Mara Venier
By Ivan Zingariello
February 16, 2018

Pier Paolo Capponi, the famous actor of cinema and fiction, has died.  He often worked with Fernando Di Leo, but also with Dario Argento and the Taviani. He had a son with Mara Venier.

The actor Pier Paolo Capponi is gone, he had been sick for some time and died yesterday in Torri in Sabina, in the province of Rieti, at the age of 79.  The funeral is tomorrow.  In the mid-'70s he had a son with Mara Venier, Paolo, who last year had made him a grandfather, with the birth of little Claudio.

Born in Subiaco, near Rome, June 9, 1938, in the '70s Capponi was a famous film actor and appeared in television dramas, often acting for the Italian police master Fernando Di Leo: the violent I ragazzi del massacro (1969), in which played the role of the tough commissioner grappling with a group of teenagers who barbarously killed a teacher, gave him a certain notoriety, followed by the role of the killer in Il boss (1973) and that of the right arm of the boss Martin Balsam in Diamanti sporchi di sangue (1978).  With Di Leo he also shot the TV miniseries L’assassino ha le ore contate in 1981.

Pier Paolo Capponi also recited for the Taviani brothers in I sovversivi (1967) and Fiorile (1993), for Valerio Zurlini in Seduto alla sua destra (1968), for Francesco Rosi in Uomini contro (1970) and Alessandro Blasetti in the series fantascienza (1979). He often served as inspector or commissioner, as in Dario Argento's Il gatto a nove code (1971), and he participated in other Gallos of the time, such as Uccidete il vitello grasso e arrostitelo (1970) by Salvatore Samperi, Le foto proibite di una signora per bene (1970) by Luciano Ercoli, Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso (1972) by Umberto Lenzi, and the famous drama RAI Dov'è Anna?  (1976) by Piero Schivazappa.

CAPPONI, Pier Paolo
Born: 6/9/1938, Subiaco, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died:  2/15/2018, Torri in Sabina, Rieti, Latium, Italy

Pier Paolo Capponi’s western – actor:
My Name is Pecos – 1968 (Joe Kline) [as Norman Clark]

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