name = Angelo Musco
caption = Giovanni Grasso and Angelo Musco
birthdate = birth date|1872|10|18
deathdate = death date and age|1937|10|6|1872|10|18
Angelo Musco (
Catania, October 18, 1872- Milan, October 6, 1937) was an Italian actor in theater and film. He was known for his comic abilities as well as for his carefully drawn psychological portraits.
Born into a poor Sicilian family, Musca worked at a number of menial, odd jobs in his youth, spending time as a
barber, a shoemaker, and a mason. He broke into theatrical work by finding employment with the " Opera dei Pupi", the local marionettetheater. In 1899 he joined the theatrical company of Giovanni Grasso, whose actors performed only in the Sicilian language.
In 1902 Musco began a collaboration with
Nino Martoglio, who had seen him in Romein "Malia" of Luigi Capuanaand "I Mafiusi" of Giuseppe Rizzottoand Gaspare Mosca. Martoglio became director of Musco's company in 1907, and wrote for him the plays "San Giovanni decollatu" and "L'aria del continente". Musco also collaborated with Pier Maria Rosso di San Secondo, author of the play "Madre", and he worked with Marinella Bragagliaand Rosina Anselmi. He also founded his own theater company, supported by the critic Renato Simoniand by Luigi Pirandello. The latter wrote a number of comedies for him to play, including " Il berretto a sonagli" (which he played in Rome), " Liolà", and " Pensaci, Giacomino!". This last was filmed with Musco in the lead role; his cinematic career had begun in 1932 and was a great success.
Musco died suddenly in Milan in 1936, immediately after a performance. He was the subject of a documentary directed by
Giorgio Walter Chiliin 1953, "C'era una volta Angelo Musco".
*"Cinque a zero" (1932)
*"L'eredita dello zio buonanima" (1934)
*"Fiat voluntas dei" (1935)
*"Lo smemorato" (1936)
*"Il re di denari" (1936)
*"L'aria del continente" (1936)
*"Pensaci, Giacomino!" (1937)
*"Gatta ci cova (1937)"
*"Il feroce Saladino" (1937)
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