Italian Unsung Heroes


Adorf, Mario:
- *8 September 1930 in Zürich
- his father is Italian
- he is a famous German actor
- at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in 2012 in San Francisco he got an award for his lifework

Farina, Johann Maria:
- *8 December 1685 in Santa Maria Maggiore, Piedmont, Italy
- † 25 November 1766 in Cologne
- he is the inventor of the world-wide known toilet water 'Eau de Cologne'

Labbadia, Bruno:
- *8 February 1966 in Darmstadt
- he was a footballer in Germany
- now he is working as a football coach
- he has been the manager of several German clubs since 2003
- his last job was the head coach of Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart


Lanz, Markus:
- *16 March 1969 in Bruneck, South Tyrol
- he works as the host of a famous talkshow on German television
- he still holds his Italian citizenship

Maccarone, Angelina:
- *21 August 1965 in Pulheim
- she is a German film director and script writer
- her father was an Italian guest worker

Passarelli, Pasquale:
- *14 March 1957 in Gambatesa, Italy
- he came with his family to Ludwigshafen on the Rhine when he was 6 years old
- he was a German wrestler: he started wrestling in 1968
- in 1981 he won the World Championship at Oslo, Norway

Potente, Franka:
- * 22 July 1947 in Münster, Germany
- her great-grandfather was an Italian roofer who immigrated to Germany in the 19th century
- she is a German actor


Thurn and Taxis:
- is a German noble family
- these are two different family names
- the Taxis come from Italy

Zarella, Giovanni:
- *4 March 1978 in Hechingen
- he is a German-Italian musician and host
- he became famous as a member of the band 'Bro’sis'