October 13, 2016 - 18:06 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Dario Fo, the Italian playwright and actor famous for his cutting political satires, has died in Milan at the age of 90, BBC News reports.
Fo, whose plays include Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can't Pay? Won't Pay!, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997.
He was also known for Mistero Buffo, a one-man play he travelled the world with for 30 years. His plays often starred his actress wife Franca Rame.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, a target himself of Fo's sharp wit, remembered him as "one of the great protagonists of theatre, culture and the civic life of our country".
He said: "His satire, his research, his work on set design, his multi-faceted artistic activity remain the legacy of a great Italian in the world."
Born in March 1926 in Sangiano, a small town on Lake Maggiore, Fo learned the art of storytelling from his grandfather, a travelling salesman with a gift for spinning yarns.
He was conscripted towards the end of World War II but managed to escape, spending the last months of the war hidden in an attic.
Moving to Milan, Fo studied architecture before turning to writing and performing.
After meeting Rame in the early 1950s, he achieved success with a series of monologues that led to his own show on Italian national radio.
After establishing the Fo-Rame theatre company in 1957, Fo and his wife earned national recognition with a series of hit stage farces.
But their work, often critical of the political establishment, led to battles with the censors and attempts at suppression.