He left high school in Palermo when he was 16 years old, and moved to Rome to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. In order to survive, he took many jobs: waiter, furniture mover, and a brief appearance as a slave in the film Ben-Hur.
In his long career he often interpreted the role of the average Italian immigrant from southern Italy, who slowly began to enjoy moderate success during the years of the Italian economic miracle. His films showcased all the freshness of the 1960s, the 1970s and the heavier transition to the 1980s, focusing on the common life in several Italian cities such as Rome, Verona or Milan, balanced between personal happiness and professional achievement.
Buzzanca often interpreted roles of a subordinate white collar worker, with a heavy vein of machismo, as a frustrated employee who tries to redeem his dull existence with his virility. He became famous for his role in the film Il merlo maschio, (The Male Blackbird), where in a provincial environment of cultural importance, like it is the philharmonic orchestra of the Arena di Verona, he vents out his own frustrations, indulging into candaulism when he induces his bride to expose her naked body in the middle of a bridge in Verona.
Some critics, in a lighter vein, has defined Buzzanca as an "Homo eroticus": a human being halfway between Homo erectus, and Homo sapiens, who risked extinction in the 1970s, because of the harsh struggle with feminism activists. Today, even if fortunately much less important, this human type is still very present between the Italian male.
Buzzanca's fame is greater in foreign countries that in his native land, and in countries as France, Japan, Greece, Israel, Spain and Switzerland, he is a renowned international stereotype of the Italian provincialotto, elegant, naif, always causing mischief, and not obtaining anything from it.
Singles & EPs
|3C006-17748||Lando Buzzanca||Il Bello (7", Single)||Odeon||3C006-17748||Italy||1971||Sell This Version|
|CI 20463||Lando Buzzanca||L'Uomo Oggetto (7")||Carosello||CI 20463||Italy||1978||Sell This Version|
|YEP 00739||Lando Buzzanca||Ma Che Sei Stata Tu (7")||Yep Record||YEP 00739||Italy||1981||Sell This Version|