Antonino ‘Nino’ Terzo was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy on May 22, 1923. Prior to becoming a character actor in Italian films he worked in theater revues with such actors as Totò, Peppino De Filippo, Domenico Modugno, Franchi and Ingrassia, Lino Banfi. He was also a singer, appearing in several operettas.
He appeared in his first film in 1962, reinventing the character that made him famous in vaudeville, which he developed as a troubled soul with a huge speech impediment, which did not allow him to speak until he inhaled and exhaled loudly.
He appeared as a supporting actor in comedy roles but his character was a bit disruptive and monotonous, he starred in such notable films as “The Clowns” (1970) directed by Federico Fellini, “Café Express” (1980) by Nanni Loy and “Cinema Paradiso” (1988) by Giuseppe Tornatore, in what would be his last film appearance, demonstrating his propensity for drama. Terzo appeared in two Euro-western comedies with Franco & Ciccio: “The Two Sergeants of General Custer” (1965) and “The Two Sons of Ringo” (1966).
In the first half of the 1980 had also had the opportunity to participate in two erotic films,
“La dottoressa di campagna” and “Chiamate 6969: taxi per signora” (both 1981), in which he did not participate in the sex scenes.
In 1992 he gave up show business because of serious health problems. Ill for some time he died on May 8, 2005 in Marano di Napoli, Campania, Italy, after suffering a series of four heart attacks .
Today we remember Nino Terzo on what would have been his 90th birthday.