Ricky Tognazzi is an Italian actor and film director. He has appeared in 50 films and television shows since 1963. His film The Escort was entered into the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. In 1991, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for his film Ultra. Five years later, his film Strangled Lives won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.