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Virginio Scotti

(1956-08-07) 7 August 1956 (age 67)
Miradolo Terme, Pavia, Italy
  • Television presenter
  • actor
Years active 1983–present
Patrizia Grosso
(m. 1991, divorced)
Partner(s) Gabriella Perino (2011–present)
Awards Telegatto (2008)
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
In office
Preceded by Graziano Pappalardo
Succeeded by Davide Negri
Andrija Borovićanin
Personal details
Political party Italian Socialist Party

Virginio "Gerry" Scotti (born 7 August 1956) is an Italian television presenter, actor and former member of the Italian Parliament.

Early years

Scotti was born Virginio Scotti on 7 August 1956 in the hamlet of Camporinaldo, in Miradolo Terme, Pavia. After giving up studying law, Scotti began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey" at Radio Milano International. In 1982, he moved to Radio DeeJay and a year later became the host of DeeJay Television, the first Italian programme for music videos, broadcast by Italia 1. Scotti also hosted other music programmes such as Festivalbar.

Television career

Scotti was a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Socialist Party from 1987 to 1992.

Since the 1990s, Scotti has been a television presenter, almost exclusively for Canale 5. He is known as a quiz show host, having presented Chi vuol essere milionario?, the Italian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Passaparola, the Italian version of The Alphabet Game and The Money Drop. He also directed entertainment programmes such as La sai l'ultima?, La Corrida, Paperissima, Buona Domenica (with Harold Davies) and The Winner Is. He was the co-host of the satirical show Striscia la Notizia, and acted in several films and situation comedies.

In 2008, he returned as a host on R101 (the former Radio Milano International), and became deputy-president of Monradio (the radio division of Arnoldo Mondadori Editore).

In 2011, after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? ended, he presented The Money Drop, until its end in 2013.

He was the host of Avanti un Altro! along with Paolo Bonolis in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015 he presented Guinness World Record and Caduta libera, the Italian version of Who's Still Standing which achieved good ratings. In the summer of 2017, he presented The Winner Is. In December 2017 he started to present the Italian version of the American game show The Wall. In January 2018 he returned to present Striscia la notizia.


Scotti won the Italian television Telegatto prize in 1984, 1985, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

In 2008, he won the platinum Telegatto, in the Excellence category. In 2011, he was mentioned in the Guinness World Records as the TV host who hosted the most episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

Personal life

Scotti was married to Patrizia Grosso, with whom he had one son, Edoardo, in 1992. Since 2011, he has been in a relationship with architect Gabriella Perino. His son has two children, born in 2020 and 2023.

On 27 October 2020, Scotti tested positive for COVID-19 and spent time in the hospital. He has since recovered.



Film roles showing year released, title, role played and notes
Title Year Role Notes
Cucciolo 1998 Himself Cameo appearance
Natale a casa Deejay 2004 Bacco
Toy Story 3 2010 Chatter Telephone (voice) Italian dub; voice role
A Dog's Purpose 2017 Bailey (voice) Italian dub; voice role


Television roles showing year released, title, role played and notes
Title Year Role Notes
Deejay Television 1983–1987 Himself/ Presenter Musical programme (seasons 1–5)
Zodiaco 1985 Himself/ Co-host Game show
Candid Camera 1986–1987 Himself/ Presenter Prank comedy show
Domenica Deejay 1987 Himself/ Presenter Special
Deejay Beach Himself/ Presenter Special
Smile 1987–1990 Himself/ Presenter Prank comedy show
Candid Camera Show 1988–1991 Himself/ Presenter Prank comedy show
Festivalbar 1988–1992 Himself/ Presenter Annual music festival (editions 24–29)
Il vigile urbano 1989 Angelo Zemella Episode: "Panettoni D.O.C."
Evviva l'allegria 1990 Himself/ Presenter Variety show
Il gioco dei 9 1990–1992 Himself/ Presenter Game show (seasons 3–4)
I tre moschettieri 1991 Porthos Television film
Sabato al circo Himself/ Presenter Variety show
L'Odissea Menelaus Television film
Simpaticissima 1991–1995, 1998 Himself/ Presenter Variety show (seasons 1–4, 7)
Serata d'amore per San Valentino 1992 Himself/ Presenter Special
Festa della mamma Himself/ Presenter Special
1992 Telegatto Himself/ Presenter Annual ceremony
Ore 12 1992–1993 Himself/ Presenter Talk show
La grande sfida 1992–1994 Himself/ Presenter Game show
La sai l'ultima? 1992, 1995–1999 Himself/ Presenter Variety show (seasons 1, 4–6)
Campionissimo 1993 Himself/ Presenter Game show
Buona Domenica 1993–1995 Himself/ Presenter Variety show (seasons 6–7)
Donna sotto le stelle 1993–2003 Himself/ Presenter Fashion show (editions 8–12, 16, 18)
Il Quizzone 1994–1997 Himself/ Presenter Game show (seasons 1–4)
Stelle a quattro zampe 1995–1998, 2000 Himself/ Presenter Dog's talent show (seasons 2–3, 5, 7)
Tutti in piazza 1996 Himself/ Presenter Variety show
Non dimenticare lo spazzolino da denti 1996–1997 Himself/ Presenter Variety show (season 2)
Io e la mamma 1997–1998 Gigi Lead role; 40 episodes
Striscia la notizia 1997–present Himself/ Guest host Variety show (seasons 9, 11, 17, 19, 26, 28–34)
Scopriamo le carte 1998 Himself/ Presenter Variety show
Forza papà Himself/ Presenter Game show
Finalmente soli 1999–2004 Gigi Lead role; 85 episodes
Passaparola 1999–2008 Himself/ Presenter Game show
Un disco per l'estate 2000–2001 Himself/ Presenter Annual music festival
Chi vuol essere milionario? 2000–2020 Himself/ Presenter Game show
Telegatto 2001 2001 Himself/ Presenter Annual ceremony
Gian Burrasca 2002 Father Television film
La Corrida 2002–2009 Himself/ Presenter Variety show (seasons 11–18)
Paperissima 2004–2013 Himself/ Presenter Comedy show (seasons 9–13)
Additional voices
Chi ha incastrato lo zio Gerry? 2005 Himself/ Presenter Variety show
Il mio amico Babbo Natale Achille Malerba Television film
Il mio amico Babbo Natale 2 2006 Television film
Finalmente Natale 2007 Gigi Television film
50-50 2008 Himself/ Presenter Game show
Finalmente a casa Gigi Television film
Finalmente una favola Television film
Italia's Got Talent 2009–2013 Himself/ Judge Talent show (seasons 1–5)
Io canto 2010–2013 Himself/ Presenter Talent show
I liceali 2011 Himself Episode: "Il Milionario"
The Money Drop 2011–2013 Himself/ Presenter Game show
Lo show dei record 2011, 2015, 2022 Himself/ Presenter Game show (seasons 4, 6, 8)
Avanti un altro! 2014–2015 Himself/ Co-host Game show (season 4)
Tu sí que vales 2014–present Himself/ Judge Talent show
Caduta libera 2015–present Himself/ Presenter Game show
Masters of Magic 2016 Himself/ Presenter Talent show
Litte Big Show 2016–2017 Himself/ Presenter Game show
The Wall 2017–2019 Himself/ Presenter Game show
Paperissima Sprint 2018–present Additional voices Comedy show (seasons 25–present)
Amici Speciali 2020 Himself/ Judge Talent show

See also

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