Noted Italian neo-realist producer. In 1966 became president of the National Association of Film Producers and in 1977 of the International Federation of the Film Producers Association.
Was the mentor of his wife: Claudia Cardinale.
Abandoned work as a lawyer in favour of film production.
Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984
Adopted father of Patrizio Cristaldi (son of wife, Claudia Cardinale).