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Franco Merli

Franco Merli was born on October 31, 1956 in Rome, Italy. In 1973, famous Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini discovered the youngster. The 16-year-old was working as a gas station attendant at that time (as Ninetto Davoli, a friend of Pasolini and actor in most of his films, recounts). Pasolini was searching for a young man to play the... See full bio »

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Franco Merli was a gas station attendant in Sicily when he was discovered by director Pier Paolo Pasolini for the lead in "Il fiore delle mille e una notte". Since by that time (1973/74) he was reportedly 16 years old he must have been born around 1957/58. After appearing once again under Paolini's direction in "Salò" he did a few other films but the parts got smaller and smaller and by the ... See more »



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