Born Maurizio Di Lorenzo on December 26, 1933 in Rome, Italy, he was the brother of actress Rosanna Di Lorenzo [1938- ]. He appeared in 80 films from his first appearance in “Bellesse in moto-scooter” (1952) directed by Carlo Campogalliani until his final appearance in the 1978 film “Pugni, dollari e spinaci” directed by Emmino Salvi.He was very popular in the 1950s due to his appearance in a trilogy of 'Poveri' films directed by Dino Rossi. Maurizio also directed two films “Il principi fusto” (1960) in which he produced, wrote the screenplay, composed the music and starred. His mother and father also appeared in the film. He also directed “Gli altri, gli altri e no” (1967). During this time he appeared in two Euro-westerns, starring in “The Terror of Oklahoma” (1959) and “The Grandsons of Zorro” (1975) with Franco Franchi. Maurizio Arena died of a heart attack on November 11, 1979. A park and plaque in Rome are dedicated to his memory.
ARENA, Maurizio (Maurizio Di Lorenzo) [12/26/1933, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 11/21/1979, Rome, Lazio, Italy (heart attack)] – producer, director, screenwriter, composer, TV actor, brother of actress Rossana Di Lorenzo [1938- ].
The Terror of Oklahoma – 1959 (Clay Norton “Terror of Oklahoma”)
The Grandsons of Zorro – 1975 (Friar Miguel)