Rocco Siffredi Biography

He was born in Ortona Porto in the province of Chieti on May 4, 1964. At the registry office his name is Rocco Tano.

Rocco, a teenager, at the age of sixteen enlisted in the Merchant Navy as a volunteer. He finished the experience in 1982 to go to Paris to join his brother Giorgio.

In the capital French helps by working in the family-run restaurant but does not disdain even to pose as a model. It is in France that Rocco Siffredi begins to work to enter that world that fascinates him so much and that - in a few years - will see him as the undisputed protagonist: the world of hard.

Rocco Tano is in a red-light club when in 1985 he meets Gabriel Pontello, a hard actor of well-known fame during the 80s. The two get to know each other and a good feeling is immediately created: Pontello opens the doors of the hard to Rocco. The first activities concern some photos for porn magazines, which will be useful to present it to the producer Marc Dorcel and the director Michel Ricaud.

Thus comes his first audition where, although not without embarrassment,Rocco passes the test. He is assigned a part: the first hard film in which he participates is entitled "Belle d'Amour".

The sentimental sphere - in this period his partner is Tina, a splendid eighteen-year-old English model - involves him to such an extent that he decides to abandon the film sets and return to the steps of the model career, a path that he had already tried previously.

He flies to London with Tina and is hired as a model by gawin's agency; here he perfects his English and begins a phase of study and improvement of his style, looking for an ever greater refinement.

After about two years, after the end of the story with Tina, not feeling fully realized in the field of fashion, Rocco decides to try again with the world of hard. The opportunity is provided by Teresa Orlowsky, a German pornodiva.

His first Italian hard film is destined to remain a historical piece of the genre, also thanks to the presence (also in the title) of its protagonist, Moana Pozzi,who will become an icon-symbol of the genre: "Fantastica Moana" (by Carlo Reale) is the title of the film.

Rocco is determined to break through seriously: in 1990 he leaves for Los Angeles to knock on the door of Jim South's agency. He met the director John Leslie, who he had already met a few years earlier in Rome: for his film "Curse of the Catwoman" Leslie entrusted Rocco Siffredi with an important role. The film will be a success also thanks to the fact that it represents one of the first (few) films with a semblance of plot, as well as starring professional actors. Rocco stands out for his performance so much that the following year he received in Las Vegas his first "A.V.N. Award" (Adult Video News Award), for the film "Buttman's Workout" (by John Stagliano); Rocco is "Best Hard Actor for Threesome Sex Scenes".

After a few other films he returned to Italy, intending to maintain and increase the success achieved so far. He deepens his acting studies. The most important European production companies call Rocco Siffredi to offer him leading roles.

Among his films in these years there are "Wild Attraction", "Gran Prix Australia", "Dr. Rocco Mr. Sodo" (parodyof "The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"),"Portrait Passion" (which refers to the novel"The Portrait of Dorian Gray",by Oscar Wilde),"Ejacula" (by Max Belloccio, where Rocco plays the vampire protagonist).

John Leslie then recalls him to the United States and entrusts him with perhaps the most important role for his career: the title of the film is "Chamaleons" and it is, according to many critics of the sector, one of the most beautiful stories ever made.

Between 1992 and 1993 he won four more "A.V.N. Awards" in Las Vegas and two "Hot D' Or" in Cannes.

On the occasion of the CannesPrize, in 1993 he met Rozsa Tassi (formerly Miss Hungary), known in Italy under the pseudonym of Rosa Caracciolo. With her she plays some films, but will become important in Rocco's life especially as a wife and mother of his two children.

During the 90s Rocco feels mature enough to start a career behind the camera. He worked as a director and producer, winning a "Hot D' Or" in 1996 for Best New Director.

The enormous success of Rocco Siffredi makes him an icon of the genre; it must be said that much of its notoriety must be attributed to the considerable size of the penis: 24 cm in length and 16 cm in circumference.

Later he created his own production company, Rocco Siffredi Production. In 1997 he released one of his most important and famous films "Rocco e le Storie Tese I e II", at high production cost (with Anita Dark, Anita Blonde, Rosa Caracciolo),and which sees the exceptional participation of the musical group Elio e le Storie Tese as a nice and sonorly side dish to the whole film.

In 1999 a book dedicated entirely to the story of Rocco and his character was published ("Il mito di un uomo italiano", Patrizia D'Agostino, Rocco Siffredi).

Rocco Siffredi then starred in three films that deviate from the hard genre: in 1999 he was in "Romance", a film-scandal by Catherine Breillat,in 2001 in "Amorestremo" by Maria Martinelli, and in 2004 in "Pornocrazia", also by Breillat.

He announced that he wanted to abandon the world of hard and, after a brief decline in popularity, in February 2006 he returned to the limelight interpreting the advertising of a brand of French fries where there is a bold play on words that sees "potato chip", as a nickname alluding to the female genital organ. The commercial is censored by the Jury of advertising self-discipline for vulgarity, indecency and commodification of women. After that, an alternate version will be shot.

In September 2006 the autobiography entitled "Io, Rocco" (Mondatori) was published.

In 2015 Rocco Siffredi is one of the most anticipated participants in the new edition of the reality show "The island of the famous".

This article was updated on September 24, 2021