Carlo Ponti

Film Producer

Carlo Ponti was born in Magenta, Lombardy, Italy on December 11th, 1912 and is the Film Producer. At the age of 94, Carlo Ponti biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Carlo Fortunaro Pietro Ponti
Date of Birth
December 11, 1912
Place of Birth
Magenta, Lombardy, Italy
Death Date
Jan 10, 2007 (age 94)
Zodiac Sign
Film Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Carlo Ponti Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 94 years old, Carlo Ponti has this physical status:

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Hair Color
Eye Color
Dark brown
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Carlo Ponti Religion, Education, and Hobbies
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University of Milan for Law
Carlo Ponti Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
4; including Carlo Jr. and Edoardo
Dating / Affair
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Carlo Ponti Career

Ponti was born in Magenta, Lombardy, where his grandfather had been mayor of the city. Ponti studied law at the University of Milan. He joined his father's law firm in Milan and became involved in the film business through negotiating contracts. Ponti attempted to establish a film industry in Milan in 1940 and produced Mario Soldati's Piccolo Mondo Antico there, starring Alida Valli, in her first notable role. The film dealt with the Italian struggle against the Austrians for the inclusion of northeastern Italy into the Kingdom of Italy during the Risorgimento. The film was successful, because it was easy to see "the Austrians as Germans" during World War II. As a result, he was briefly jailed for undermining relations with Nazi Germany.

Ponti accepted an offer from Riccardo Gualino's Lux Film in Rome in 1941, where he produced a series of commercially successful films featuring the comedian Totò. In 1954 he had his greatest artistic success with the production of Federico Fellini's La strada. However, Fellini denied Ponti's role in its success and said that "La Strada was made in spite of Ponti and De Laurentiis". Ponti produced Boccaccio '70 in 1962, Marriage Italian Style in 1964, and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in 1965. He produced his most popular and financially successful film, Doctor Zhivago, in 1965; the movie was directed by David Lean. He subsequently produced three notable films with Michelangelo Antonioni, Blowup in 1966, Zabriskie Point in 1970 and The Passenger in 1974.