Fortunato Cerlino stars in "Gomorrah" on SundanceTV as Pietro Savastano.

Fortunato Cerlino was born in Naples, and after a long career in theater, movie and television, he received his big break with the role of Don Pietro Savastano in "Gomorrah." He had earlier tasted international success with his role in NBC's series "Hannibal," in which he played Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi, the man trying to hunt down the infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

Fortunato graduated in 1991 from L'Accademia d'Arte Drammatica of Calabria, run by Alvaro Piccardi and Luciano Lucignani. In 1990 Fortunato earned a certificate for his three years at L'Accademia del Teatro Diana in Naples, run by Guglielmo Guidi, during which he traveled broadly (Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Argentina) to study and to attend seminars about improvisation, voice training and body language. In 1995, he was an entertainer at Harrods in London. In 2000, he was part of the Chekhov Theatre Project directed by Anton Milenin. In 2006, he attended the Scuola di Perfezionamento, run by Luca Ronconi at the Centro Teatrale Santacristina in Rome.

In 2000, Fortunato was part of the cast of the TV movie "Francesca e Nunziata," directed by Lina Wertmuller. In 2001, Fortunato appeared in the series "La squadra." In 2007, he was in "Mogli a pezzi," directed by Alessandro Benvenuti. In 2009, he joined the casts of "Distretto di polizia 9," directed by Alberto Ferrari, and of "R.I.S. – Delitti imperfetti 6," and, a year later, of "Distretto di polizia 10."

On the big screen, Fortunato was part of the cast of "La via degli angeli" (1998), directed by Pupi Avati, and of "Caro domani" (1999), directed by Mariantonia Avati. Fortunato appeared in "Ribelli per caso" (2006), "Lascia perdere," "Johnny!" (2007), directed by Fabrizio Bentivoglio, "Gomorra" (2009), by Matteo Garrone, and in "Fortapàsc: Il caso Siani" (2008), directed by Marco Risi.

Since 1990 Fortunato has also written for theater and directed many shows, most recently "Potevo far fuori la Merkel, ma non l'ho fatto" and "Edipo a Terzigno."

In 2015, Fortunato was seen in the German TV movie "Auf kurze Distanz" ("At Close Range"), directed by Philipp Kadelbach and produced by UFA Fiction.

Fortunato was a guest star on the Rai TV sitcom "Il Candidato" with Filippo Timi, and he was part of the international TV series "Medici: Masters of Florence," directed by Sergio Mimica and starring Dustin Hoffman.

In 2015, Fortunato was seen in "Inferno," directed by Ron Howard. Fortunato played the lead role alongside Vinicio Marchioni in "Socialmente pericolosi," directed by Fabio Venditti, and in "Senza fiato," directed by Raffaele Verzillo, which was previewed at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival.

In 2016, Fortunato filmed the movie "I Falchi," directed by Toni D'Angelo, and the international TV series "Britannia," produced by Sky UK.




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Age: 46 years old
Birthday: June 17, 1971
Height: 5' 11"
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy


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