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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 658,996 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia. Dario Fo is the 257th most popular writer (down from 249th in 2019), the 339th most popular biography from Italy (down from 313th in 2019) and the 21st 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 257 out of 5,755Before him are Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Eckhart Tolle, Isabel Allende, Bartolomé de las Casas, and Halldór Laxness. After him are Henrik Pontoppidan, Frédéric Mistral, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Alcaeus of Mytilene, Jaroslav Hašek, and Alfonso X of Castile.

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Among people born in 1926, Dario Fo ranks 12Before him are Alfredo Di Stéfano, Jiang Zemin, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Leslie Nielsen, Miles Davis, and Sathya Sai Baba. After him are Svetlana Alliluyeva, Klaus Kinski, Andrzej Wajda, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Chuck Berry, and René Goscinny. Among people deceased in 2016, Dario Fo ranks 14Before him are Alan Rickman, Debbie Reynolds, Shimon Peres, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Imre Kertész, and Zaha Hadid. After him are Cesare Maldini, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Islam Karimov, Andrzej Wajda, George Michael, and Abbas Kiarostami.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Dario Fo ranks 339 out of 4,668Before him are Sofonisba Anguissola (1535), Lucky Luciano (1897), Pope Paschal II (1050), Roger II of Sicily (1095), Andrea Doria (1466), and Canaletto (1697). After him are Pope Paul II (1417), Publius Quinctilius Varus (-46), Cesare Maldini (1932), Pope Linus (1), Antipope John XXIII (1370), and Longinus (100).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Dario Fo ranks 21Before him are Pliny the Younger (61), Juvenal (50), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Torquato Tasso (1544), Sallust (-86), and Christine de Pizan (1365). After him are Carlo Goldoni (1707), Marcus Terentius Varro (-116), Eugenio Montale (1896), Primo Levi (1919), Alberto Moravia (1907), and Lorenzo Valla (1407).