Giancarlo Magalli (born 5 July 1947) is an Italian television writer and presenter.
Life and career
Born in Rome, Magalli studied at the Istituto Massimiliano Massimo, having Mario Draghi and Luca Cordero di Montezemolo as classmates.
He started his artistic career as an entertainer in the first Italian tourist village at the end of the 1960s. In the seventies he became collaborator of Pippo Franco, writing his monologues. He was contracted as a television writer by RAI in 1977.
In 1985, Magalli debuted as a television presenter with the Rai Uno TV-quiz Pronto chi gioca?. He later hosted several successful TV-programs, including Fantastico, I fatti vostri and Domenica in.
For seven years Magalli has done volunteer work with the municipal police of Rome, of which he is honorary agent, going on patrol two nights a week, receiving the degree of sergeant, then to lieutenant and captain. He is also an honorary carabiniere.
In April 2007, Magalli was appointed Commendatore of the Italian Republic. In January 2015, he ranked first in an Il Fatto Quotidiano poll resulting the preferred candidate to be the successor of Giorgio Napolitano as President of the Italian Republic.