Who Is Pippo Zeffirelli (Franco Zeffirelli Son) Wiki, Bio, Age, Siblings, Family
Pippo Zeffirelli Biography
Pippo Zeffirelli is the adopted son of the late Oscar-nominated Italian director and producer Franco Zeffirelli whose operatic designs and productions have become worldwide classics.
Pippo Zeffirelli Father (Franco Zeffirelli)
Pippo is one of the adopted sons of Franco Zeffirelli, his other brother is Luciano Zeffirelli. He was adopted when he was an adult and has been living and managing his father’s affair together with his adopted brother.
Franco was an Italian director and producer who grew up among English expatriates in Florence and captured his experience in his film Tea with Mussolini. His early training as an architect was interrupted by war; Zeffirelli fought with the Italian partisans and became an interpreter for the British army after the Allied invasion of Italy.
In 1967 he made his first film as a director ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. He followed it up with ‘Romeo & Juliet’ which became popular among teenagers and was used by some schools as the definitive film version of the play. In the 1970s, Zeffirelli’s focus shifted from the romantic to the spiritual. His 1977 made-for-television “Life of Jesus” became an instant classic with its portrayal of a Christ who seemed authentic and relevant.
Pippo died on June 15, 2019 at his home in Rome. His death was confirmed by his son Luciano Zeffirelli who told The Associated Press that; “He had suffered for a while, but he left in a peaceful way.”
Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for operas, films and television, dies in Rome at age 96. https://t.co/5KT6b8FuXX
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 15, 2019
Pippo Zeffirelli Defends His Father Against Sexual Assault Allegation
After his father was accused of sexual assault by actor Johnathon Schaech in 2018, Pippo released a statement that read;
‘It is alleged that 25 years ago an actor, who was then in his early twenties, was the victim of alleged verbal abuse and alleged attempted sexual abuse by my father during the filming of The Sparrow in Sicily, Italy. [He] would have been 70 at the time.
It is also alleged that my father drank alcohol and may have been drunk on set. Mr. Zeffirelli and all our family were living in a villa, whilst actors, production and staff were staying in a hotel in Catania; all these allegations are not credible.
At the time Johnathon suffered from a throat type of obstruction which made his speaking difficult. Directors have different styles and some time they could be much more demanding on inexperienced actors.
My father is in poor health and not able to understand this attack and to respond to the allegations made by Jonathan Schaech. ‘This would be an attack to a great director, an artist and to a man at the end of his life that he is not able, nor he will be in the future able to respond. This will be an incredible damage to his image and reputation on the basis of allegations which are not credible and cannot be proved.’