167. Michele Abruzzo (1904-1996)

Born in Sciacca, Abbruzzo made his debut on stage at 12 years old. A few years later he was part of the silent movie “A Law”, directed by Elvira Notari (1920), and in 1938 he was the protagonist in “L’ha fatto una signora” (A Lady did it), directed by Mario Mattioli. Often regarded as the successor of Angelo Musco, Abruzzo founded with Rosina Anselmi a great company that run the most prestigious theaters of the peninsula. In 1952 Abruzzo co-founded -together with Turi Ferro- the Ente Teatro di Sicilia, later known as the Teatro Stabile di Catania .

Recognized for his artistic merits by the Presidency of the Republic as Knight of the Grate Cross of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, Abruzzo received many awards including “Telamon” and ” Pirandello” prizes. Abruzzo announced his retirement in 1979, then he came back on stage in 1989, at the age of 85.

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