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Meniconi, Mario

Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 21:32

Mario Meniconi in Il bidone (1955)
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Mario Meniconi was a small-part character actor, active in Italian films from at least the late 1940's until the mid-1970's.

Mario was born on March 14th 1912 in Rome (Wikipedia says August 14th). He was the older brother of actor Furio Meniconi, with 2 other brothers, Nello and Alfio.

Following his debut as a non-professional actor in Ladri di biciclette (1948), he worked steadily in most genres up until his retirement in 1976, being found equally in small character roles or smaller generico appearances. He was frequently to be found in the films of Totò, with whom he appeared at least 12 times.

After learning that he was suffering from trigeminal nerve disease, Mario committed suicide in Rome on June 15th 1984, aged 72.

I have found a lot of undocumented appearances by Mario, including many smaller generico appearances, so I'm sure his filmography will continue to grow.

Much of Mario's biographical information comes from his Tototruffa profile.

Filmography
1948
  1. Ladri di biciclette .... Meniconi (uncredited)

    1949
  2. La sposa non può attendere .... Friend of Anselmo (uncredited)
  3. Totò le mokò .... Police officer (uncredited)

    1950
  4. Figaro qua, Figaro là .... Don Alonzo's lieutenant (credited)
  5. Totò cerca moglie .... Giuseppe (credited)
  6. Tototarzan .... Train driver (uncredited)

    1951
  7. Il tradimento .... Detective (uncredited)
  8. Una bruna indiavolata .... Man starting argument at the accident scene (uncredited)

    1952
  9. Il tallone di Achille .... Man listening to Serafino (uncredited)

    1953
  10. La signora senza camelie .... Notarianni (uncredited)
  11. Pane, amore e fantasia .... Matteo (credited)

    1954
  12. Attila .... Hun (uncredited)
  13. Giulietta e Romeo .... Baldassare (credited)
  14. La strada .... Police officer (uncredited)
  15. Pane, amore e gelosia .... Matteo (credited)
  16. Peccato che sia una canaglia .... Traffic policeman (uncredited)
  17. Un americano a Roma .... Fireman (uncredited)

    1955
  18. I due compari .... Man blocking the train corridor (uncredited)
  19. Il bidone .... role? (uncredited)
  20. Il coraggio .... Policeman (uncredited)
  21. Il segno di Venere .... Policeman (credited)
  22. La bella di Roma .... Fruit seller (credited)
  23. Siamo Uomini o Caporali? .... Member of the film crew (uncredited)
  24. Un eroe dei nostri tempi .... Angry man by the river (credited as "Mario Menicone")

    1956
  25. La banda degli onesti .... Financier (credited)
  26. Le schiave di Cartagine .... Guard at the crucifixions (uncredited)
  27. Mio figlio Nerone .... Conspirator (uncredited)
  28. Totò, Peppino e i fuorilegge .... One-eyed bandit (credited)

    1957
  29. A Farewell to Arms .... Intern (uncredited)
  30. Belle ma povere .... Memmo (credited)
  31. I vampiri .... Man who gives Laurette the letter (uncredited)
  32. La ragazza del palio .... Man at the street fight (uncredited)
  33. Parola di ladro .... Man at the tavern (uncredited)
  34. Totò, Vittorio e la dottoressa .... Doctor (uncredited)

    1958
  35. Adorabili e bugiarde .... Police officer (uncredited)
  36. Amore e chiacchiere .... Furlani (credited)
  37. Capitan Fuoco .... One of Pietro's men (credited as "Furio and Mario Meniconi")
  38. Caporale di giornata .... Luciano (credited)
  39. Il pirata dello sparviero nero .... Man who helps Marco (uncredited)
  40. L'uomo di paglia .... Father in restaurant (uncredited)
  41. La mina .... Barbi (credited)
  42. Le dritte .... Angry man in the street (uncredited)
  43. Mia nonna poliziotto .... The coachman (credited)
  44. Mogli pericolose .... Furniture mover (uncredited)

    1959
  45. Arrangiatevi .... Jacket seller (uncredited - uncertain identification)
  46. I tartassati .... Delivery man (uncredited)
  47. Il marito bello: Il nemico di mia moglie .... Nightwatchman (uncredited)
  48. L'amico del giaguaro .... Football supporter (uncredited)
  49. La notte brava .... Mosciarella (credited)
  50. Primo amore .... Pietro (credited)
  51. Simpatico mascalzone .... Theatre audience member (uncredited)
  52. Un maledetto imbroglio .... One of the rowdy group in the tavern (uncredited)

    1960
  53. Cartagine en fiamme .... Conspirator (uncredited)
  54. Il corazziere .... Man on fascist march (uncredited)
  55. Il terrore della maschera rossa .... Guard (uncredited)
  56. Signori si nasce .... Gardener (uncredited)

    1961
  57. Akiko .... Referee (uncredited)
  58. Costantino il grande .... Prison guard (credited)
  59. Fra' Manisco cerca guai .... Brother Abele (credited)
  60. Il carabiniere a cavallo .... Market seller at Porta Portese (uncredited)
  61. Il gigante di Metropolis .... Father of Obro (credited)
  62. La vendetta di Ursus .... Assistant to the gladiators (uncredited)
  63. Pugni pupi e marinai .... Fighting man on the dock (uncredited)
  64. Totòtruffa '62 .... Man outside the hotel (uncredited)

    1962
  65. Totò diabolicus .... Convict who makes the cards (uncredited)
  66. Ursus gladiatore ribelle .... Soldier (uncredited)

    1963
  67. Il boom .... Man outside the hospital (uncredited)
  68. Il segno di Zorro .... Guard taken hostage (uncredited)
  69. Totò e Cleopatra .... Slave merchant (uncredited)
  70. Zorro e i tre moschettieri .... Soldier in the tavern (uncredited)

    1964
  71. I marziani hanno 12 manni .... Spectator at football match (uncredited)
  72. Maciste, gladiatore di Sparta .... Spectator at the arena (uncredited)

    1965
  73. Il segreto del vestito rosso .... Drunk who finds the body (uncredited)
  74. Made in Italy .... Father of Carolina (credited)
  75. Per qualche dollaro in più .... Prison warden (credited)
  76. The Agony and the Ecstasy .... Cart driver (uncredited)

    1966
  77. Delitto quasi perfetto .... Car rental man at the airport (uncredited)
  78. Due mafiosi contro Al Capone .... Bookie (uncredited)
  79. Fantomas minaccia il mondo .... Father (uncredited)
  80. L'uomo che ride .... Villager with crippled son (uncredited)
  81. Mano di velluto .... Gas station attendant (credited)
  82. Per pochi dollari ancora .... Miner (uncredited)

    1967
  83. Tutto Totò (TV series) - E. 4: "Don Giovannino" .... Man from the wardrobe (uncredited)

    1968
  84. I 2 pompieri .... (credited as "Capogruppo" - does not appear)
  85. Stasera Fernandel (TV series) - episode: "A me gli occhi" .... Gang member of L'Hypnotiseur (credits?)

    1969
  86. Una su 13 .... Restaurant customer (uncredited)
  87. Zum zum zum - La canzone che mi passa per la testa .... Father of Enrico (uncredited)
  88. Zum zum zum n° 2 .... The Marshal (uncredited)

    1970
  89. Principe coronato cercasi per ricca ereditiera .... Creditor (uncredited)
  90. Terzo canale - Avventura a Montecarlo .... Member of film crew (uncredited)

    1971
  91. Trastevere .... Sacristian (uncredited)

    1972
  92. Roma .... Man eating on restaurant terrace (uncredited)

    1974
  93. C'eravamo tanto amati .... Guest at the presentation (uncredited)

    1975
  94. Diagnosi (TV mini-series) Ep. 2 …. role? (uncredited)

    1976
  95. Cadaveri eccellenti .... Former inmate (credited)
  96. La dottoressa del distretto militare .... Gate guard who gets peed on by blind man (credited)
  97. Novecento .... Not found (credited)
Titles to check
  • Il figlio di D'Artagnan (1950) ANICA as Monk
  • Peccato di castità (1956) ANICA
  • Ciao, ciao bambina! (1959) ANICA
  • Le cameriere (1959) ANICA as Agente della buoncostume
Mario is missing!
Titles where Mario is listed as appearing somewhere online, but cannot be found. There always has to be one!
  • I soliti ignoti (1958) ANICA with no role, IMDb says he plays "Paolo". Not found
  • Crimen (1960) IMDb as Francesco. I've checked this film several times with no luck finding Mario.
  • Angelica e il gran sultano (1968) IMDb with no role. Not found
  • Scusi, facciamo l'amore? (1968) IMDb as Mr. Breuner. IMDb suggests he should be credited, but he isn't and neither does appear as far as I could find.
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Re: Meniconi, Mario

Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 21:38

Ladri di biciclette (1948) as Meniconi, the street sweeper.

Mario's earliest known role is in this Vittorio De Sica classic. He has a decent-sized role, but is uncredited, unless you count his character being named after himself!
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 21:41

La sposa non può attendere (1949) as Friend of Anselmo (in the hat)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 21:50

Totò le mokò (1949) as Police officer.

Mario was one of the actors who appeared most frequently in the films of Totò.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 21:54

Figaro qua, Figaro là (1950) credited, as Don Alonzo's lieutenant
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 22:04

Totò cerca moglie (1950) credited, in blackface, as Giuseppe
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 22:07

Tototarzan (1950) as Train driver
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 22:14

Il tallone di Achille (1952) as Man listening to Serafino
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 22:19

La signora senza camelie (1953) ANICA describes his role as "Notarianni"
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/12/2021, 22:22

Pane, amore e fantasia (1953) credited, as Matteo
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