Rocco Siffredi was born Rocco Antonio Tano on May 4, 1964 in Ortona a Mare, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy. Siffredi is the stage name of an Italian pornographic actor, director and producer of pornographic movies who is known for his rough sex scenes. He’s starred in more than 450 pornographic films. He’s directed over 250 of these films.
Rocco took his stage name from the character "Roch Siffredi" played by Alain Delon in the French gangster film Borsalino (1970). He is also known as the "Italian Stallion". Siffredi is one of the few porn actors to enjoy crossover appeal and success with respect to other segments of the adult-film industry, as well as some in mainstream media. As a primary example, although his acting has been restricted exclusively to heterosexual pornography, his looks have resulted in his attracting a large gay audience. In December 1990, Siffredi was selected to pose as the nude centerfold in the adult mainstream magazine Playgirl. Accompanying him on the cover was the caption, "At last! A centerfold to die for!".
In 1999, he appeared in the controversial Catherine Breillat film “Romance”. His performance in this role was followed by a part specifically written for him by the same director in her 2003 film “Anatomie de L'enfer”, in which he plays a gay man who becomes sexually involved with a woman. Both films feature unsimulated sexual scenes involving Siffredi, although it is disputed whether he actually has intercourse with co-star Caroline Ducey in Romance. (She says no, Siffredi says yes.)
Recently Siffredi has also been visible in non-pornographic roles on Italian television.
Siffredi has starred in four Euro-porno westerns including “Outlaws 1 & 2” (1997) and “Calamity Jane 1&2” (1999).
Today we celebrate Rocco Siffredi’s 50th birthday.