Paolo Stoppa was an Italian actor and dubber.
Born in Rome, he began as a stage actor in 1927 in the theater in Rome and began acting in films in 1932. As a stage actor, his most celebrated works include those after World War II, when he met director Luchino Visconti: the two, together with Stoppa's wife, actress Rina Morelli, formed a trio whose adaptions of works by authors such as Chekhov, Shakespeare and Goldoni became highly acclaimed.He gave to the theater a personal touch with his energetic play.
He debuted in television in 1960 in the drama series Vita col padre e con la madre, reaching the top of the popularity in the 1970s, in particular in the adaption of crime novels by Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Augusto De Angelis.
As a film actor, Stoppa made some 194 appearances between 1932 and his retirement in 1983: films he appeared in include popular classics such as Miracolo a Milano, Rocco e i suoi fratelli, Viva l'Italia!, Il Gattopardo, La matriarca, Amici miei atto II. He also had a role in the Sergio Leone epic Once Upon a Time in the West and cameoed in Becket.