Acteurs italiens favoris

by baltric | created - 19 Feb 2014 | updated - 11 Jun 2017 | Public

1. Alberto Sordi

Actor | I vitelloni

One of Italy's most captivating and talented cinematic comedy stars, Italian veteran Alberto Sordi was known for satirizing his country's social mores in pungent black comedies, farcical tales and grim drama. He, along with peers Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi and Nino Manfredi, arguably represent ...

2. Lino Ventura

Actor | L'armée des ombres

One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to ...

3. Marcello Mastroianni

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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 ...

4. Gian Maria Volontè

Actor | Per un pugno di dollari

Born in Milan in 1933, Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in 1957. He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in ...

5. Nino Manfredi

Actor | Per grazia ricevuta

Nino Manfredi was born on March 22, 1921 in Castro dei Volsci, Lazio, Italy as Saturnino Manfredi. He was an actor and writer, known for Between Miracles (1971), Bread and Chocolate (1974) and Café Express (1980). He was married to Erminia Ferrari Manfredi. He died on June 4, 2004 in Rome, ...

6. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

7. 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 ...

8. 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, ...

9. 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 ...

10. 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 ...

11. Maurizio Merli

Actor | Roma a mano armata

Though it can be said that he only gained fame as an actor because he bore such a heavy resemblance to Italian actor Franco Nero, Maurizio Merli was a very versatile and charismatic leading man in Italian cinema throughout the 1970's. His first appearance was in the Luchino Visconti film The Leopard...

12. Terence Hill

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he...

13. Bud Spencer

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and 1970s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, 1929, in Naples. The first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a ...

14. Renato Salvatori

Actor | I compagni

Renato Salvatori was born on March 20, 1933 in Seravezza, Tuscany, Italy as Giuseppe Salvatori. He was an actor, known for The Organizer (1963), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and Burn! (1969). He was married to Annie Girardot. He died on March 27, 1988 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

15. Giuliano Gemma

Actor | I giorni dell'ira

Giuliano Gemma was born in Rome on 2 September 1938, grew up in Reggio Emilia but returned to Rome with his parents in 1944. While he was playing on the grass he found a WW II bomb that exploded and today the signs of injury are still visible on his face. He played many sports in his life including...

16. Ugo Tognazzi

Actor | La tragedia di un uomo ridicolo

Despite his many superb performances accumulated over a 4-decade career (and I do mean many), this virile, mustachioed, stocky-framed Italian character star will be forever cherished if only for his one classic comedy role, that of slightly mincing gay cabaret owner Renato Baldi in La Cage aux ...

17. Enrico Maria Salerno

Director | Anonimo veneziano

Enrico Maria Salerno was born on September 18, 1926 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is known for his work on The Anonymous Venetian (1970), Seasons of Our Love (1966) and It Happened in '43 (1960). He died on February 28, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

18. 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 ...

19. Walter Chiari

Actor | Romance

Walter Chiari was born on March 8, 1924 in Verona, Veneto, Italy as Walter Annicchiarico. He was an actor and writer, known for Romance (1986), Vanità (1947) and I cadetti di Guascogna (1950). He was married to Alida Chelli. He died on December 20, 1991 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

20. Michele Placido

Actor | Romanzo criminale

Michele Placido was born on May 19, 1946 in Ascoli Satriano, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Romanzo Criminale (2005), Un eroe borghese (1995) and Del perduto amore (1998). He has been married to Federica Vincenti since August 14, 2012. They have one child. He was previously ...

21. Gianni Garko

Actor | Shark: Rosso nell'oceano

Gianni Garko was born on July 15, 1935 in Zara, Dalmatia, Italy as Giovanni Garcovich. He is an actor, known for Devil Fish (1984), If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death (1968) and Crazy Desire (1962).

22. Venantino Venantini

Actor | L'immortel

Venantino Venantini was born on April 17, 1930 in Fabriano, Marche, Italy as Enrico Venantino Venantini. He was an actor, known for 22 Bullets (2010), Ladyhawke (1985) and The Dinner (1998). He died on October 9, 2018 in Viterbo, Lazio, Italy.

23. Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Actor | The Last Man on Earth

Giacomo Rossi Stuart was born on August 25, 1925 in Todi, Umbria, Italy. He was an actor and assistant director, known for The Last Man on Earth (1964), War Between the Planets (1966) and Zorro and the Three Musketeers (1963). He was married to Klara Müller. He died on October 20, 1994 in Rome, ...

24. Anthony Steffen

Actor | Django il bastardo

Born in Rome, on 21st July of 1930, at the Brazilian embassy, son of Formula 1 champion and then ambassador Manoel de Teffe; he was named Antonio Luiz and became the Baron de Teffe. The de Teffe family had a noble origin but during Second World War, teenage Antonio left home to join the partisans ...



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