ANDREA RONCATO BIOGRAPHY :
Andrea Roncato (born 7 March 1947 in Bologna) is an Italian actor, comedian and television personality. Andrea Roncato has a Law degree from the University of Bologna and a solfège diploma from the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini. He has attended several acting courses, both in Italy and in the United States. His notoriety is mainly due to the comedy duo Gigi e Andrea with fellow comedian Gigi Sammarchi: after several television appearances they have become one of the most famous duos of Italian cinema in the 80s. They are known for their easy-going style and irreverence. Gigi e Andrea have been spokespeople for Agip Petroli and Autobianchi Y10 4WD in the 1980s. After gaining popularity with Sammarchi, Andrea Roncato continued his solo career starring in several films (including some Christmas comedies with Massimo Boldi and Christian De Sica) and in some television series. From 2002 to 2008, he starred as Romanò in the television series Carabinieri on Canale 5 (7 seasons). In 2007, he was made a Knight of Malta. In 2008, he starred in the film Ho ammazzato Berlusconi and in the same year he had his first book, Ti avrei voluto, published by Excelsior1881. The following year, he participated as a contestant to Ballando con le stelle, a reality show on Rai 1 (and the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars). Besides acting, presenting and voice-acting, Roncato is also an acting teacher. He has worked as art director in some nightclubs and at various charity events, he has been a promoter of the campaign “SOS Foca Monaca”, of the campaign in Fabriano to raise awareness about dog’s excrement collection, and he has been named a world ambassador for the protection of disabled children. He is a great lover of animals, especially dogs, and has managed to create a special shelter for strays. He personally owns two, a setter named Padberg and a Czechoslovakian shepherd, Tullio.