Dario Fo

1926 - 2016

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Dario Luigi Angelo Fo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdaːrjo ˈfɔ]; 24 March 1926 – 13 October 2016) was an Italian playwright, actor, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, political campaigner for the Italian left wing and the recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. In his time he was "arguably the most widely performed contemporary playwright in world theatre". Much of his dramatic work depends on improvisation and comprises the recovery of "illegitimate" forms of theatre, such as those performed by giullari (medieval strolling players) and, more famously, the ancient Italian style of commedia dell'arte.His plays have been translated into 30 languages and performed across the world, including in Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Iran, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Yugoslavia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dario Fo has received more than 619,838 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 85 in 2019). Dario Fo is the 249th most popular writer (up from 261st in 2019), the 313th most popular biography from Italy and the 19th most popular Italian Writer.

Dario Fo is most famous for his work as a playwright, actor, and director. He's best known for his plays "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" and "Can't Pay? Won't Pay!"

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Among writers, Dario Fo ranks 249 out of 5,794Before him are Alphonse Daudet, Sallust, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Isabel Allende, Ian Fleming, and Anna Akhmatova. After him are Torquato Tasso, Carlo Goldoni, Terry Pratchett, Chinghiz Aitmatov, John Keats, and Germaine de Staël.

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Among people born in 1926, Dario Fo ranks 11Before him are Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ingvar Kamprad, Jiang Zemin, Leslie Nielsen, Chuck Berry, and Sathya Sai Baba. After him are Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Miles Davis, René Goscinny, Klaus Kinski, Hugh Hefner, and Andrzej Wajda. Among people deceased in 2016, Dario Fo ranks 16Before him are David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Imre Kertész, Zaha Hadid, Cesare Maldini, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. After him are Andrzej Wajda, Islam Karimov, Alvin Toffler, Jerome Bruner, João Havelange, and Carlos Alberto Torres.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Dario Fo ranks 313 out of 4,088Before him are Gallienus (218), Saint Cecilia (200), Salvatore Riina (1930), Lucius Tarquinius Priscus (-700), Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625), and Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655). After him are Antonio Canova (1757), Torquato Tasso (1544), Canaletto (1697), Pope Paul I (700), Pope John X (860), and Pope Paul II (1417).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Dario Fo ranks 19Before him are Guillaume Apollinaire (1880), Catullus (-84), Pliny the Younger (61), Juvenal (50), Christine de Pizan (1365), and Sallust (-86). After him are Torquato Tasso (1544), Carlo Goldoni (1707), Marcus Terentius Varro (-116), Primo Levi (1919), Alberto Moravia (1907), and Elena Ferrante (1943).