1953 – Massimo Troisi, born on the 19th of February in San Giorgio a Cremano, a town near Naples. He was an Italian Academy Award-nominated actor, film director and poet.
1969 – He started to play in a small local theatre together with some childhood friends (including Lello Arena and Enzo De Caro).
1972 – Started his artistic career as a cabaret showman, as a member of the comic trio called "I Saraceni" ("The Saracens") and, later, "La Smorfia" (from the name of the "book of the numbers" traditionally used in Naples for Lotto and tombola).
1976 – He went to the United States for a heart transplant, the expenses for which were paid with the help of his friends.)
1977 – 1979 – His mates were De Caro and Arena. They gained national fame on the radio and increased it consistently onwards, when they become TV stars with the shows Non Stop, La sberla) and Luna Park.
1983 – He wrote, directed and played his first film, Ricomincio da tre ("I Start Over from Three").
1985 – He starred opposite to Roberto Benigni in Non ci resta che piangere, in which they play two friends who are accidentally transported back in time to the 15th century.
1987 – He directed the movie Le vie del Signore sono finite, set during the Fascist era.
– The movie won a Silver Ribbon for best screenplay.
1988 – 1990 – He starred alongside actor, Marcello Mastroianni, in the movie Ettore Scola’s Splendor, Che ora è? and Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa.
1991 – His last movie as director (also as screenwriter and actor) was Pensavo fosse amore, invece era un calesse, again centering on the every day difficulties of love between a man and a woman (portrayed by Francesca Neri).
1994 – He is best known for the film Il Postino.
– He was only 41 years old, died on the 4th of June, of a massive heart attack in his sister’s house in Ostia (Rome) just twelve hours after the main filming on Il Postino had finished.