Famous Italian Actors

Find out more about the greatest Italian Actors, including Rocco Siffredi, Isabella Rossellini, Claudia Cardinale, Gina Lollobrigida and Joey Buttafuoco.

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 1 James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini was an American actor who achieved the rare feat of being identified more as the character he performed rather than as himself. Years of immaculately performing the role of a powerful crime boss for the TV series, The Sopranos, defined Gandolfini’s legacy forever as a character actor, a legacy he gracefully carried over to the big screen.

 2 Cole Sprouse

Cole Sprouse
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American

American actor, Cole Sprouse, started acting as a child and a teenager. He is known for television series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Riverdale, and Friends. In the early days of his career, he mainly acted alongside his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse, in commercials, television shows and films. He has also acted in the film Five Feet Apart.

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 3 Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American

One half of the popular Sprouse twin, Dylan Sprouse is an actor and entrepreneur. Identifying himself as a Heathen, Dylan Sprouse co-founded All-Wise Meadery, the name of which is an allusion to Heathenry. Also a comic book enthusiast, the first issue of his comic book named Sun Eater would be released by DiGa Studios and Heavy Metal.

 4 Joel McHale

Joel McHale
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian, American

Actor, comedian, and producer Joel McHale is best known for hosting the television series The Soup. He was interested in sports as a young boy but shifted his focus to acting while in college and earned his master's degree in acting. Even though he is more popular as a television actor, he has appeared in many films too.

 5 Rocco Siffredi

Rocco Siffredi
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Film producer, Model
Birthdate: May 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 6 Danny Huston

Danny Huston
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian, American
Danny Huston, son of director John Huston and actor Zoe Sallis, is best known for his Independent Spirit Award-nominated performance in the film Ivans Xtc. He has also starred in films such as The Aviator and Marie Antoinette, and been part of two seasons of American Horror Story

 7 Franco Nero

Franco Nero
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian

Italian actor Franco Nero became internationally famous with his role in the film Django. He acts in films and TV productions both in Italy and abroad. He has more than 200 leading and supporting roles in movies and TV series to his credit. He is the father of popular screenwriter and director Carlo Gabriel Nero.

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 8 Fabio Lanzoni

Fabio Lanzoni
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: March 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 9 Burt Young

Burt Young
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian, American

 10 Terence Hill

Terence Hill
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Television director, Television producer
Birthdate: March 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 11 Sergio Leone

Sergio Leone
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: January 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 30, 1989

 12 Bud Spencer

Bud Spencer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 27, 2016
Italian actor Carlo Pedersoli, or Bud Spencer, gained fame with his Spaghetti Western and action-comedy films, teaming up with Terence Hill. Bud was also a skilled water polo player and an Olympic swimmer who specialized in 100-meter freestyle. He was a certified pilot and an avid philanthropist, too. 

 13 James Darren

James Darren
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian, American

 14 Edoardo Ponti

Edoardo Ponti
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss, Italian, American

 15 Antonio Sabato Jr.

Antonio Sabato Jr.
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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian, American
Italian-American actor Antonio Sabàto Jr. was once a Calvin Klein model. He soared to fame with the role of Jagger Cates in the soap General Hospital and has also part of the reality show But Can They Sing? In the 2018 U.S. elections, he contested as a Republican candidate.

 16 Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Comedian, Singer, Street artist, Composer, Songwriter, Film actor
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 17 Tinto Brass

Tinto Brass
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film editor, Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 18 Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 19, 1996

Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni is regarded as his country's biggest film star of all time. Making his debut as an uncredited extra when he was just 14, he worked hard over the decades to become a major film star in his country. He was a big name in international cinema as well. He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

 19 Salvatore Riina

Salvatore Riina
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 20 Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian, American

 21 Roberto Rossellini

Roberto Rossellini
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Racecar driver
Birthdate: May 8, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 3, 1977

 22 Riccardo Scamarcio

Riccardo Scamarcio
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 23 Adriano Celentano

Adriano Celentano
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Comedian, Film director, Screenwriter, Television presenter, Composer, Guitarist, Film editor, Singer, Film score composer
Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 24 Paolo Sorrentino

Paolo Sorrentino
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright
Birthdate: May 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 25 Giancarlo Giannini

Giancarlo Giannini
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Voice actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 26 Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 23, 2011

 27 Primo Carnera

Primo Carnera
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Famous As: Boxer, Actor, Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 26, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 29, 1967

 28 Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 13, 1974

 29 Vittorio Gassman

Vittorio Gassman
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 29, 2000

 30 Raoul Bova

Raoul Bova
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 31 Nino Rota

Nino Rota
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Famous As: Composer, Conductor, Teacher, Pianist, Actor, Screenwriter, Film score composer
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 10, 1979

 32 Francesco Quinn

Francesco Quinn
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: August 5, 2011

 33 Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 34 Rossano Brazzi

Rossano Brazzi
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Singer
Birthdate: September 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 24, 1994

 35 Al Bano

Al Bano
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Birthdate: May 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 36 Rhys Coiro

Rhys Coiro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian, American

Rhys Coiro is an actor best known for his portrayal of Billy Walsh on the popular comedy-drama television series, Entourage. The success of the TV show encouraged the producers to make a film of the same name where Coiro reprised his role as Billy. Also an activist, Coiro was one of the protesters who opposed the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

 37 Pierfrancesco Favino

Pierfrancesco Favino
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 38 Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 39 Axel Braun

Axel Braun
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: September 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 40 Lucio Fulci

Lucio Fulci
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 13, 1996

 41 Dario Fo

Dario Fo
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: March 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 42 Rossano Rubicondi

Rossano Rubicondi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 43 Felix Silla

Felix Silla
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 44 Ruggero Deodato

Ruggero Deodato
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 45 Gian Maria Volontè

Gian Maria Volontè
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 6, 1994

Gian Maria Volontè was an Italian actor whose versatility made him famous all over Europe. Volonté was honored with a Silver Ribbon in 1968. At the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, he was honored with the Best Actor award for his performance in The Death of Mario Ricci. In 1991, he won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

 46 Luca Zingaretti

Luca Zingaretti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 47 Adolfo Celi

Adolfo Celi
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: July 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 19, 1986

 48 Domenico Modugno

Domenico Modugno
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Politician, Human rights activist, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 6, 1994

 49 Michele Placido

Michele Placido
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 50 Cesare Danova

Cesare Danova
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 19, 1992