Riccardo Billi

  • Born: (Siena, Tuscany, Italy)
  • Died: (Rome, Lazio, Italy)

Riccardo Billi (April 22, 1906 Siena, Tuscany, Italy – April 15, 1982 Rome, Lazio, Italy) was an Italian film actor and comedian. With Mario Riva he appeared as Billi & Riva, one of the most popular Italian comic duos in the 1950s.

After his debut, in 1926, as a speaker at the Casina delle Rose in Rome, he was hired by the Lydia Johnson operetta company, where he remained until 1931, the year he entered the Maresca company, alongside Wanda Osiris. Subsequently, he went from variety to prose and from musical comedy (he was chief comedian in one of the first ones, Il vedovo allegro, 1937) to the music hall

He joined Radio Rai di Roma's Compagnia del Teatro Comico Musicale in Rome, participated in various music hall and variety programs (Il bilione, 1947), gaining great popularity with Garinei's La Bisarca radio show (1948-1951) and Giovannini, where he played the role of Noah, later brought to the music hall and the film of the same name (1951)..


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