Pure Italians in the International Cinema

by fannasse12 | created - 25 Aug 2016 | updated - 18 Nov 2017 | Public

1. Pierfrancesco Favino

Actor | World War Z

Pierfrancesco Favino was born on August 24, 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on World War Z (2013), Rush (2013) and Angels & Demons (2009).

2. Vincenzo Amato

Actor | Unbroken

Vincenzo Amato was born on March 30, 1966 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is known for his work on Unbroken (2014), Golden Door (2006) and Respiro (2002).

3. Giampiero Judica

Actor | All the Money in the World

Giampiero Judica is an actor, known for All the Money in the World (2017), Boardwalk Empire (2010) and The App (2019).

4. Vittorio Gassman

Actor | Sleepers

Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works. Since 1946 he also worked at the movies and his first big role there was the criminal in Bitter Rice (1949). This fixed him to his ...

5. Alessandro Gassmann

Actor | Transporter 2

Alessandro Gassmann was born on February 24, 1965 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Transporter 2 (2005), The Mongrel (2012) and The Dinner (2014). He has been married to Sabrina Knaflitz since June 7, 1998. They have one child.

6. Vito Antuofermo

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Vito Antuofermo was born on February 9, 1953 in Palo del Colle, Apulia, Italy. He is an actor, known for The Godfather: Part III (1990), Goodfellas (1990) and The Sopranos (1999).

7. Franco Nero

Actor | Django Unchained

Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than 200 movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer ...

8. Giselda Volodi

Actress | Hudson Hawk

Giselda Volodi was born on September 28, 1959 in Tangier, Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco as Giselda Mazzantini. She is an actress, known for Hudson Hawk (1991), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Miracle at St. Anna (2008).

9. Valeria Golino

Actress | Rain Man

The second child of an Italian germanist and a Greek painter, Valeria Golino grew up in Naples until her parents parted. After three years in Athens with her mother and another three in Naples with her father, she began to work as a model. She left high school after her first movie and didn't study...

10. Giancarlo Giannini

Actor | Quantum of Solace

Giancarlo Giannini is an Oscar-nominated Italian actor, director and multilingual dubber who made an international reputation for his leading roles in Italian films as well as for his mastery of a variety of languages and dialects.

He was born August 1, 1942, in La Spezia, Italy. For ten years young ...

11. Adriano Giannini

Actor | Swept Away

Adriano Giannini was born on May 10, 1971 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Swept Away (2002), Il gioco (2009) and Daylight (1996). He has been married to Gaia Trussardi since August 2019.

12. Asia Argento

Actress | Land of the Dead

Asia Argento was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of actors and filmmakers, both occupations which she has herself pursued. She made her debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citti's Sogni e bisogni (1985). In 1988 she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini's first film, Zoo (1988)...

13. Monica Bellucci

Actress | Malèna

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci. She originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to ...

14. Raoul Bova

Actor | AVP: Alien vs. Predator

Raoul Bova was born in a Roman white collar family, his father was an employee and his mother a housewife. He has two sisters who he is close to. His passion in his youth was swimming and he became a champion at 16. He performed his military duty in the "Bersaglieri" and he studied at the ISEF but ...

15. Frank Crudele

Actor | Step Up All In

Frank Crudele is likely best known to American audiences as "Big Jim Colosimo", one of the main characters establishing the story line in the pilot episode of "Boardwalk Empire" directed by Martin Scorsese which among its many awards went on to win a Golden Globe and SAG award for best ensemble. ...

16. Giovanni Lombardo Radice

Actor | The Omen

Giovanni Lombardo Radice achieved substantial cult favorite status by portraying a handful of memorably sick, sleazy, and eccentric characters who are gruesomely killed in numerous 1980's Italian splatter pictures. He's usually credited in these movies under the pseudonym John Morghen.

Born on ...

17. Urbano Barberini

Actor | Casino Royale

Urbano Barberini was born on September 18, 1961 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Urbano Riario Sforza Barberini Colonna di Sciarra. He is an actor, known for Casino Royale (2006), Gor (1987) and Gor II (1988).

18. Sergio Castellitto

Actor | Non ti muovere

Sergio Castellitto was born in Rome in 1953. After graduating from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1978, he began his theatrical career in Italian public theater with "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at the Teatro di Roma and with roles in other plays such as "La Madre by ...

19. Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Actress | The World Is Not Enough

Maria Grazia Cucinotta (born 27 July 1968) is an Italian actress who has featured in many films and television series since 1990. She has also worked as a producer, screenwriter and model. Cucinotta was born in Messina, Province of Messina, Sicily, Italy. She is well known in Italy as a movie and ...

20. Adolfo Celi

Actor | Thunderball

Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball (1965). However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by ...

21. Gabriele Ferzetti

Actor | C'era una volta il West

Elegant, urbane and well-spoken, Gabriele Ferzetti was one of Italy's most prominent international stars of the 1950's and 60's. His passion for the stage had begun with performing in university plays. This paved the way to a scholarship at the Rome Academy of Dramatic Art (Accademia d'arte ...

22. Nicola Siri

Actor | Vidas Opostas

Nicola Siri was born on September 20, 1968 in Genova, Italy. He is an actor, known for Opposite Lives (2006), Dark Soccer (2019) and The Scent of the Night (1998).

23. Lorenzo Richelmy

Actor | Marco Polo

Lorenzo Richelmy is an actor, known for Marco Polo (2014), Rainbow: A Private Affair (2017) and The Girl in the Fog (2017).

24. Caterina Murino

Actress | Casino Royale

Caterina Murino was born on September 15, 1977, in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. In 1996 she took fourth place in the Miss Italy contest. Then she moved to Milan, where she began working as a model in commercials for MasterCard, Swatch, Mercedes-Benz and Nescafe, among other gigs. From 1999-2000 she ...

25. Edoardo Ballerini

Actor | The Sopranos

Edoardo Ballerini was born on March 20, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Sopranos (1999), Quarry (2016) and Dinner Rush (2000).

26. Davide Borella

Actor | The Sopranos

Davide Borella is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Norman (2016) and Pan Am (2011).

27. Carlo Giuliano

Actor | When in Rome

Carlo Giuliano is an actor, known for When in Rome (2010), The Sopranos (1999) and Non con un bang (1999).

28. Bruno Bilotta

Actor | The Tourist

Bruno Bilotta is an actor, known for The Tourist (2010), Double Team (1997) and American Assassin (2017).

29. Bruno Maccallini

Actor | Donna Roma

Bruno Maccallini was born on March 7, 1960 in Avezzano, Abruzzo, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Donna Roma (2007), L'anno prossimo... vado a letto alle dieci (1995) and Sotto... sotto (1984).

30. Fortunato Cerlino

Actor | Inferno

Fortunato Cerlino was born on June 17, 1971 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is an actor, known for Inferno (2016), Gomorrah (2008) and Medici (2016). He has been married to Antonella Sava since July 21, 2018. They have one child.

31. Marco D'Amore

Actor | Gomorra: La serie

Marco D'Amore was born on June 12, 1981 in Caserta, Campania, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Gomorrah (2014), The Immortal (2019) and Un posto sicuro (2015).

32. Cosimo Fusco

Actor | Angels & Demons

Cosimo Fusco was born on September 23, 1962 in Matera, Basilicata, Italy as Cosimo Massimo Fusco. He is an actor and director, known for Angels & Demons (2009), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) and HOMS 2016 A.D..

33. Ivano Marescotti

Actor | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Ivano Marescotti was born on February 4, 1946 in Villanova di Bagnacavallo, Italy. He is an actor, known for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), King Arthur (2004) and Hannibal (2001).

34. Alberto Brosio

Actor | The Bold and the Beautiful

Alberto Brosio was born in Turin, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for The Bold and the Beautiful (1987), Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007) and Angel-Dust (2009).

35. Luciano Giancarlo

Actor | Arrested Development

Luciano Giancarlo was raised in a large and tightly-knit extended family in Bologna, Italy where he was an avid soccer and volleyball player and a huge fan of American television. His love of the entertainment business ignited in him a strong desire to become an actor in America. It was a huge ...

36. Lorenzo De Angelis

Actor | King Arthur

Lorenzo De Angelis was born on October 7, 1984 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on King Arthur (2004), The Teacher (2005) and Sopra e sotto il ponte (2005).

37. Giorgio Cantarini

Actor | La vita è bella

Giorgio Cantarini was born in Orvieto, Italy on April 12, 1992. He has lived in Rome and Paris. He made his cinema debut at just five years old in the role of Joshua in the film "La Vita è Bella" (Life is Beautiful) by Roberto Benigni, a role for which he won the Jackie Coogan Award (Young artist ...

38. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi ...

39. Loris Loddi

Actor | Ladyhawke

Loris Loddi is an Italian actor born in Rome. Started in "Cleopatra" 1962 directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz playing Cesarione son of Cleopatra (Elisabeth Taylor) and Giulio Cesare (Rex Harrison). In 1963 he was casted by Luchino Visconti in theatre playing the role -il diavolo - (the devil) in "Il ...

40. Giancarlo Prete

Actor | Ladyhawke

Giancarlo Prete was born on February 5, 1943 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor, known for Ladyhawke (1985), Warriors of the Wasteland (1983) and Street Law (1974). He died on March 9, 2001 in Rome.

41. Andrea Piedimonte Bodini

Actor | Hannibal

Andrea Piedimonte spent his childhood living and studying across Italy, France and Switzerland until he eventually moved to New York to pursue his passion in acting by training at several top theater schools and private studios. During that time, he also started working on short films and Off-Off ...

42. Mario Brega

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Mario Brega was born on March 25, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Florestano Brega. He was an actor and producer, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). He died on July 23, 1994 in Rome.

43. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

44. Raf Vallone

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Raf Vallone was an internationally acclaimed Italian movie star known for his rugged good looks. The athletic Vallone, a former soccer player who often was compared to Burt Lancaster, was born Raffaele Vallone in 1916 in Tropea in Calabria, Italy, the son of a prominent lawyer and his aristocratic ...

45. Leopoldo Trieste

Actor | Don't Look Now

Leopoldo Trieste was born on May 3, 1917 in Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Don't Look Now (1973), Il peccato degli anni verdi (1960) and Cinema Paradiso (1988). He died on January 25, 2003 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

46. Vittorio Duse

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Vittorio Duse was born on March 21, 1916 in Loreto, Marche, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for The Godfather: Part III (1990), Il nostro campione (1955) and Queen of Hearts (1989). He died on June 2, 2005 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

47. Leonard Mann

Actor | Flowers in the Attic

Leonard Mann was born on March 1, 1947 in Albion, New York, USA as Leonardo Manzella. He is an actor and director, known for Flowers in the Attic (1987), The Humanoid (1979) and Night School (1981).

48. Angelo Infanti

Actor | The Godfather

Angelo Infanti was born on February 16, 1939 in Zagarolo, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor, known for The Godfather (1972), Letters to Juliet (2010) and Borotalco (1982). He was married to Emanuela Rolando. He died on October 12, 2010 in Tivoli, Lazio.

49. Francesca Neri

Actress | Hannibal

Francesca Neri was born on February 10, 1964 in Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy. She is an actress and producer, known for Hannibal (2001), Collateral Damage (2002) and Live Flesh (1997). She has been married to Claudio Amendola since December 11, 2010. They have one child.

50. Toni Servillo

Actor | La grande bellezza

Actor and director Toni Servillo was born in Afragola in 1959. In 1977 Servillo founded the Teatro Studio in Caserta for whom he directed 'Propaganda' (1979), 'Norma' (1982), 'Billy il bugiardo' (1983) and 'Guernica' (1985), amongst others. In 1986 he collaborated with the Falso Movimento group, ...

51. Marco Quaglia

Actor | Borgia

Marco was born in Rome from an Italian father and English mother. He attended English elementary and middle school and then switched to Italian school in his high school years. After a year at University studying literature he decided to audition for Italy's national drama school, the Accademia ...

52. Stefania Rocca

Actress | Nirvana

Stefania Rocca was born on April 24, 1971 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. She is an actress, known for Nirvana (1997), Rosa and Cornelia (2000) and Viol@ (1998).

53. Stefano Cassetti

Actor | Roberto Succo

Stefano Cassetti (1974 September 4th) is an Italian film and television actor. He is frequently cast as "bad guy" roles in Europe. His first part was the lead role in French feature film Roberto Succo (director Cedric Kahn, Cannes Festival 2001). Recently he is one of the lead role of Netflix TV ...

54. Valerio Mastandrea

Actor | Perfetti sconosciuti

Valerio Mastandrea was born on February 14, 1972 in Garbatella, Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for Perfect Strangers (2016), Laughing (2018) and Balancing Act (2012).

55. Andrea Iaia

Actor | Carnera: The Walking Mountain

Andrea Iaia is an actor, known for Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008), 20 Cigarettes (2010) and La verità sta in cielo (2016).

56. Felix Silla

Actor | Spaceballs

Felix Silla was born on January 11, 1937 in a small village outside Rome, Italy. Silla trained as a circus performer, came to the United States in 1955, and toured with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Show. His multiple talents -- as a bareback rider, trapeze artist and tumbler -- brought ...

57. Vito D'Ambrosio

Actor | The Flash

Vito D'Ambrosio was born on December 29, 1957 in Taranto, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for The Flash (2014), Person of Interest (2011) and The Untouchables (1987).

58. Victor Alfieri

Actor | Angels & Demons

A native of Rome,Victor Alfieri was raised an only child by his mother grandparents and aunt spending summers working in his grandfather's restaurant. Using his natural gift for writing, the self-described 'class clown' created his own sketch comedy act to entertain his classmates.

At the age of 15,...

59. Roberto Campanella

The Shape of Water

Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Roberto joined the Compagnia Italiana di Danza Contemporanea and later joined the prestigious Aterballetto. In 1993 he joined The National Ballet of Canada where he was soon promoted to ...

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