Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthNovember 25, 1955
MarkExuberant comments and critiques after couples' performances on dancing shows.


Where is Bruno Tonioli from? Wiki Bio

Bruno Tonioli was born in Ferrara, Italy on 25 November 1955, so under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius and holding Italian nationality – Bruno came under the spotlight thanks to his career as a dancer, while he is also a choreographer and a TV personality.

Early life and education

Bruno grew up in Italy, but has also spent a portion of his life in Paris, London, and in Germany – he was raised by Werther who worked as a bus driver, and Fulvia who was a upholsterer, making covers for car seats.

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Bruno fell in love with dancing at a very early age, and began taking dance lessons at the age of five. Further motivated by his parents who provided support to him while he was still working on his career, he went on to become a successful dancer, and his name is today recognized in the world of dancing. After Bruno matriculated from a local high school in Ferrara in Italy, he chose not to enroll at college, but to rather entirely focus on his career as a dancer.

Bruno’s career as a dancer

Bruno’s career officially began in 1981, after he joined La Grande Eugene dancing group which was exercising in the capital city of France – Paris. After spending a few years with them, he went on to join the Lindsay Kemp Company based in the UK, and while with them held classes for his own dancing students.

Before he became part of La Grande Eugene, Bruno tried to make his way into the Eurovision Song Contest, however, he and his team failed to win the UK’s competition at which the 43presentativ from the UK was chosen.

While Bruno has mostly been focused on his dancing career throughout the years, he has also spent a lot of time working as a choreographer. He helped create numerous videos for some of the most popular names in the music industry, including Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury (frontman of Queen), Boy George, and numerous others – he has also been praised for numerous videos for the Bananarama music group, which he helped create.

As his name steadily became recognized in the field of choreography as well, he was invited to work on several films, such as “The Gathering Storm”, “The Body in the Library”, “Blonde Bombshell”, and “The Bare Necessities”. At around the same time, Bruno worked as a choreographer for several theatre plays too, such as “Godspell” and “Forbidden Passion” among others.

He went on to become one of the judges in the “Dancing with the Stars” TV reality show, and then roamed around the US for a while, appearing in numerous talk shows including but not limited to “Larry King Live”, “The Bonnie Hunt Show”, “Live with Regis & Kelly”, and “Chelsea Lately”. At the beginning of 2008, Bruno signed a contract with Hollywood Records and went on to serve as a judge for the “Strictly Come Dancing Live” TV dancing competition series in both 2009 and 2010.

Bruno Tonioli

Some might call Bruno a writer as well, since he published his autobiographical book in the second half of 2012, entitled “Bruno Tonioli: My Story”. Some of his most recent achievements include being cast to appear in the “Fuller House” TV series in 2016, and being chosen to present his own radio series entitled “Bruno Tonioli at the Opera” in November 2018.

Love life and wife

Bruno has always been open about being gay, and had numerous problems in his teenage years, as he was bullied by his peers who did not support his way of life. Consequently Bruno decided to keep his personal matters to himself, and has only on rare occasions talked about his love life.

He is currently dating Jason Schanne who is a dancer as well, and who competed alongside him in the “Dancing with the Stars” reality TV show. Although neither of them have shared details regarding their relationship, they apparently began dating in 2000, and have been together to this day – it does not appear as though the two are planning on exchanging their wedding vows, but are living together in their home in London. Jason is the only man who Bruno has been associated with throughout the years.

Hobbies and interests

Bruno has been a big lover of travelling from a very early age, and has been all around the US and Europe – he has also had a chance to go to Asia and Africa, but hasn’t spent a lot of time there. His travels around the world made him fall in love with languages and he has learned many of them – Bruno can fluently speak English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.

Bruno enjoys spending his free time in nature, especially at the sea, or on it in his boat, and is very concerned about climate change and the dangers we have brought upon ourselves – he stands in support of Greta Thunberg, 16 years old Swedish teenage environmental activist who is raising awareness of climate change, and is urging people in charge to change the way in which the world works.

To show his support, Bruno has recently uploaded a picture onto his Instagram account about the burning of the Amazon rainforest, which is the largest rainforest in the world spreading across Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and a few other South American countries.

Appearance and net worth

Bruno is currently 63 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, while he hasn’t shared his weight with the public. His net worth is more than $10 million.

General Info

Full NameBruno Tonioli
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthNovember 25, 1955
Height1.7 m
ProfessionTV Personality, Writer, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer

Family

ParentsWerther Tonioli, Fulvia Tonioli
PartnerJason Schanne, Jason Schanne

Accomplishments

NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Personality
MoviesAbsolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Absolute Beginners
TV ShowsStrictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, DanceX, Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Exuberant comments and critiques after couples' performances on dancing shows.

Pictures

Movies

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Born and Bred2005TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Agatha Christie's Marple2004TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Ella Enchanted2004choreographer
Down to Earth2004TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
French and Saunders2003TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale2003TV Movie choreographer
Absolutely Fabulous2003TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team2003Video choreographer
The Gathering Storm2002TV Movie choreographer
Me Without You2001choreographer
Hotel Splendide2000choreographer
Bad Girls2000TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
The Blonde Bombshell1999TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes
The Scarlet Pimpernel1999TV Series choreographer - 1 episode
Steve Coogan: The Man Who Thinks He's It1998Video documentary choreographer
Little Voice1998choreographer
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis1997choreographer
The Ghosts of Oxford Street1991TV Movie choreographer - as Bruno Tunioli
Dancin' Thru the Dark1990choreographer
Dead or Alive: Rip It Up Live1988Video documentary choreographer
Space Riders1988choreographer
Grizzly II: The Concert1983choreographer

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fuller House2016TV SeriesGiuseppe Pignoli
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie2016Bruno Tonioli
What a Girl Wants2003Fashion Emcee
The Bill2001TV SeriesRolf
Absolute Beginners1986Maltese Lodger
Murder of a Moderate Man1985TV Mini-SeriesItalian policeman
Oscar1985TV SeriesPeppino
Blakes 71981TV SeriesDead Young Man

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann2008TV Series 7 episodes

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eyes of Faith2017Documentary post-productionHimself
West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic2016TV Movie documentary
Strictly Come Dancing2004-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Strictly Len Goodman2016TV Movie documentary
Breakfast2005-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Dancing with the Stars2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Children in Need2016TV SeriesHimself
Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two2005-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Through the Keyhole2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Panellist / Himself
Dancing with the Stars2007-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge / Himself - Judge
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Dancing with the Stars
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2005-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael2009-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Host / Himself - Guest Host / ...
The People's Strictly for Comic Relief2015TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Reality Bites2015TV SeriesHimself - Team Member
Daily Brunch with Ocado2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tom and Jerry Show2014TV SeriesHimself - on Strictly Come Dancing
Nashville2014TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Squares2014TV SeriesHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Dancing with the Stars
Would I Lie to You?2014TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Dancing with the Stars
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Room 1012014TV SeriesHimself
Let's Do Christmas with Gino & Mel2013TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Any Given Tuesday2013ShortHimself
Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor2013TV MovieHimself
Katie2013TV SeriesHimself
Goodbye Television Centre2013TV Special documentaryHimself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2013TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
8 Out of 10 Cats2012TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Brunch2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2008-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Kidnap Victim
Top Gear USA2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Alan Carr's New Year Specstacular2011TV MovieHimself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2011TV SeriesHimself
The One Show2010-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Magicians2011TV SeriesHimself
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2010TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Question Presenter
Sport Relief 20102010TV SpecialHimself
The Greatest TV Shows of the Noughties2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The National Lottery: Big 72009TV MovieHimself - Celebrity Quizzer
2009 Game Show Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2009TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
The View2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
The Money Programme2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2008TV SeriesHimself
The Royal Variety Performance 20082008TV MovieHimself
Best Ever Worst Dance Moments2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
2008 Asian Excellence Awards2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Access Hollywood2008TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday Brucie!2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann2008TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Ding Dong2008TV SeriesHimself
The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
The Strictly Come Dancing Story2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2007TV SeriesHimself
Dancing with the Stars2007Video GameHimself
The Most Annoying Pop Songs.... We Hate to Love2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Friday Night Project2007TV SeriesHimself
Richard & Judy2007TV SeriesHimself
DanceX2007TV SeriesHimself - Judge
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2007TV SeriesHimself
ASBO Teen to Beauty Queen2006TV SeriesHimself
CC Variety TV2006Video shortHimself
CMT Insider2006TV SeriesHimself
Be My Baby: The Girl Group Story2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making Your Mind Up2006TV MovieHimself - Judge
2005 TV Moments2005TV MovieHimself
Generation Fame2005TV MovieHimself
The Weakest Link2005TV SeriesHimself
Making Your Mind Up2005TV MovieHimself - Judge
The Don Ho Show1976TV SeriesHimself - Dancer (1977)

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHimself - Judge on 'Dancing with the Stars'
Almost Famous II2009TV Movie documentary
Dancing with the Stars2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Judge / Himself - Guest Judge
Larry King Live2007TV SeriesHimself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramDancing with the Stars (2005)
2007Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV: PersonalityDancing with the Stars (2005)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramDancing with the Stars (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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