Italian writer and director Luciano De Crescenzo dies at 90

A photo from November 17, 2005 showing Italian writer Luciano De Crescenzo.  According to the Mondadori publishing house, popular Italian writer, actor and director Luciano De Crescenzo died in Rome at the age of 90 after being hospitalized for a few days.  Born in Naples on August 20, 1928, De Crescenzo rose to prominence in 1977 with his bestseller "CosÏ parÚ Bellavista" ("Thus spake Bellavista"), a collection of anecdotes about his beloved Naples.  (Virginia Farneti/ANSA via AP)

A photo from November 17, 2005 showing Italian writer Luciano De Crescenzo. According to the Mondadori publishing house, popular Italian writer, actor and director Luciano De Crescenzo died in Rome at the age of 90 after being hospitalized for a few days. Born in Naples on August 20, 1928, De Crescenzo rose to fame in 1977 with his bestseller “CosÏ parlÚ Bellavista” (“Thus Spoke Bellavista”), a collection of anecdotes about his beloved Naples. (Virginia Farneti/ANSA via AP)

A photo from November 17, 2005 showing Italian writer Luciano De Crescenzo. According to the Mondadori publishing house, popular Italian writer, actor and director Luciano De Crescenzo died in Rome at the age of 90 after being hospitalized for a few days. Born in Naples on August 20, 1928, De Crescenzo rose to fame in 1977 with his bestseller “CosÏ parlÚ Bellavista” (“Thus Spoke Bellavista”), a collection of anecdotes about his beloved Naples. (Virginia Farneti/ANSA via AP)

ROME (AP) — Luciano De Crescenzo, an Italian writer, actor and director, has died in Rome after being hospitalized for a few days. He was 90 years old.

The Mondadori publishing house announced his death on Thursday.

Born in Naples on August 20, 1928, De Crescenzo rose to fame in 1977 with his bestseller “Così parlò Bellavista” (“Thus Spoke Bellavista”), a collection of anecdotes about his beloved Naples.

Over the years, De Crescenzo has become an international bestselling author. His books have sold nearly 20 million copies in Italy and abroad and have been translated in 25 countries.

De Crescenzo was particularly successful in conveying philosophy to the general public with his books. In the 1980s, he made his acting debut in “Il pap’occhio” (“In the Eyes of the Pope”), a comedy directed by Renzo Arbore and starring Oscar-winning actor Roberto Benigni.

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