Best wishes to Fabio De Luigi for his 54 years. Actor, comedian, imitator, director, television host and former Italian baseball player, he was born on 11 October 1967 in Santarcangelo di Romagna, in the province of Rimini. After graduating from the art school with a grade of 42 and having done his military service in the Air Force, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and graduated in painting. His debut as a comedian took place in 1990 with the participation in the contest “The Golden Mosquito”, in which he obtained the fourth place. Several theatrical performances follow, including The true story of Fabio e Tafano Show, directed by Antonio Catania. Later, it acquires notoriety thanks to its participation in Zelig. He was for many years in the cast of Gialappa’s Band in various Never say…, both as a comedian and as a host. Success comes with Never say Big Brother 2 in which, alongside Paola Cortellesi and Mago Forest, animates the program. His most famous characters are the mushy singer Olmo, the model Fabius with mephitic breath, the perfect presenter Cologno, the clown Baraldi, who always tries to get a laugh despite his health conditions are precarious to say the least, Medioman, the superhero of mediocrity inspired by the competitor of Big Brother Francesco Gaiardelli, the Engineer Cane, hypothetical creator of the Bridge over the Strait of Messina, Bum Bum Picozza, fake correspondent of Hyenas e Strip the news, Petunio, a Latin American dancer musician forced to dance and sing until exhaustion when there is music, and numerous imitations of television and political figures including Patrick Ray Pugliese and Roberto Calderoli.
Leaving the comedy programs, he devoted himself to the sitcom. In 2005 he is the protagonist of Love Bugs, with Michelle Hunziker, a comic series that tells the problems of the couple and is very successful. The following year to join him in the transmission is Elisabetta Canalis. It was on Raiuno conductor of Apocalypse Show, program by Gianfranco Funari, together with Esther Ortega. He has always boasted participation in the cinema also in roles of absolute protagonist, as in Every time you go away, of 2004. At Christmas 2006, he is paired with Claudio Bisio at Christmas in New York; in the same period, he is also at the cinema in Commediasexi, where, however, he only makes a brief cameo with Maurizio Micheli at the beginning of the film. Act in the cast of the next, Christmas on a cruise (2007) e Christmas in Rio (2008) where she joins Michelle Hunziker. He led the Italia 1 program Hyenas with Ilary Blasi until the February 2009 edition, the year in which he joined the cast of the film by Pupi Avati, Friends of the Margherita bar. The following year he is the protagonist of the film by Gabriele Salvatores, Happy Family, and of Males against females by Fausto Brizzi. In 2011 he was the protagonist of Worst week of my life, of which he is also co-writer and co-creator of the story, directed by Alessandro Genovesi and with Cristiana Capotondi, Alessandro Siani and Antonio Catania. During the summer of the same year, he was directed again by Fausto Brizzi in How beautiful it is to make 3D love, with Claudia Gerini, Filippo Timi and Giorgia Würth. Since 2010 he has participated as a testimonial of the ISAL Foundation, chaired by Professor William Raffaeli. At the end of 2012 it was released in theaters Worst Christmas of my life, sequel to the previous one Worst week of my life. In 2013 he plays Alberto Nardi, an entrepreneur who tries to get rid of his wife, played by Luciana Littizzetto, in the film Aspiring widower. In February 2014 he is the protagonist of the film A woman as a friend, next to Laetitia Casta, where he plays the role of Francesco, an awkward lawyer who falls in love with his best friend just when she decides to get married. In 2015 he was engaged in the shooting of a film with Angelo Duro entitled tiramisu, his debut as a director, released in theaters on February 25, 2016. Marco Limberti, already known on the set of Love Bugs. Between September and October 2016 he was busy shooting a film with Elio Germano. It appears in Fabio Rovazzi’s video clip All very interesting, released on 2 December 2016, as a record producer. From 25 September to 18 December 2017 every Monday evening was a regular guest at What a long time ago, broadcast on Rai 1. In 2018 he is the protagonist, together with Miriam Leone, in the film Put Grandma in the freezer. In the same year he also acted in the film by Guido Chiesa This is Sofia, with Micaela Ramazzotti.
In 2019 he is one of the protagonists ofheist movie The golden men, in an unusual dramatic role, very distant from the typical character he plays in his comedies. From October 2020 to December 2020 it runs Give me back my wife, TV series broadcast in 2021 directed by Alessandro Genovesi. From March 2021 to May 2021 he shoots the film La befana comes at night 2 – The origins, directed by Paola Randi.
Great-grandson of Tonino Guerra. He has two children named Dino (2007) and Lola (2011) with his partner Jelena Ilic with whom he has lived since 1998.
De Luigi was also a professional baseball player and played in Serie A1. He grew up in the team of his hometown, Santarcangelo, then joined Rimini Baseball in 1994, being mainly employed as a left winger. In his first year in neroarancio, he won the regular season with the team, but the Rimini team were eliminated in the semi-finals of the championship against Nettuno. In Rimini he also played in the 1995 season and part of the 1997 one, when he agreed to play some matches despite his radio commitments with Radio Rai. In total he made 87 appearances in the top flight, 93 also considering the championship playoffs.