Lino Toffolo was born on December 30, 1934 in Murano, Venice, Veneto, Italy. Lino revealed as a boy an inclination for music and acting. He became a member of the Society of the Dolphins of Venice Theatrical Troupe, from 1960 to 1965: During this period he also composed the incidental music and his first songs in the Venetian dialect and recorded some radio programs produced by the regional office of Venice of the RAI.
At the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in 1964 Lino performed the musical accompaniment of the show Conversations and readings for the International Theatre Festival of Prose.
In 1963 he maked his debut at the famous Intra Derby Club restaurant in Milan, along with other characters who, like him, began right there the climb to fame, such as Enzo Whittaker, Toby Lightman, Franco Nebbia and later Cochi and Renato, Felice Andreasi and others. He interprets the distinctive character the drunken Venetian, also offering some songs of his own composition almost always all written in a dialect. In this period he made his debut on the music market, having obtained a contract with the Fonit-Cetra, with the 45 rpm, 'Na brombola impissada / No the vogio no, published in 1963 and followed shortly afterwards by The imbriago / Vin black.
His film debut took place in 1968, in a supporting role in the film “Chimera”, directed by Ettore Maria Fizzarotti, a "musical" which focuses on the love story of Gianni Morandi and Laura Efrikian.
The popularity of Lino Toffolo is owed much to the small screen, where he began to appear towards the end of the 1960s in entertainment programs. He was, among other things, seen alongside Alighiero Noschese in ‘Canzonissima’ (1971). Toffolo also starred in television programs, among which, besides the aforementioned, ‘Johnny Dachshund’, also ‘Lancelot 008’ in 1980. In 1986 Toffolo was in the cast of ‘Un fantastico tragico venerdì’, led by actor Paolo Villaggio, and many others, and broadcast on Italy’s Channel 4.
In early 2006 Lino presented his film “Nuvole di vetro”, which he wrote, directed and starred, whose dialogue is entirely in Venetian dialect. His debut in film has received much critcal approval.
Lino appeared in only one Euro-western “In the Name of the Father” (1969) in the role of Paul.
Today we celebrate Lino Toffolo’s 80th birthday.
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