Famous Italian Actors

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Michele Morrone
(Actor, Model)
Michele Morrone
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Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bitonto, Italy

Rising to international fame following the success of his 2020 erotic romantic drama 365 Days, Italian actor and model, Michele Morrone, is a man who oozes sex appeal and charisma. Also a professional guitarist and singer, he has a channel on YouTube that has accumulated over one million subscribers. He runs a clothing line as well.

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Dylan Sprouse
(Known for His Role as ‘Zack Martin’ on the TV Sitcom ‘The Suite Life of Zack & Cody’)
Dylan Sprouse
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Birthdate: August 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: rezzo, Italy

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.

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Franco Nero
(Actor Best Known for His Role in the Spaghetti Western Film 'Django')
Franco Nero
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Birthdate: November 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Parma, Italy

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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 4 
Terence Hill
(Actor Known for His Roles in ‘Lo Chiamavano Trinità’ & ‘IL Mio Nome è Nessuno')
Terence Hill
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Birthdate: March 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy

Terence Hill escaped Allied bombings during World War II and was then discovered at a swimming meet, following which he bagged his first film at 12. A well-known child actor, he grew up to work in a lot of "Spaghetti Westerns" and also became famous for his action-comedy partnership with Bud Spencer.

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Marcello Mastroianni
(One of Italy's Most Iconic Actors of the 20th Century)
Marcello Mastroianni
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Birthdate: September 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fontana Liri, Lazio, Italy
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.

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Roberto Benigni
(Actor who gained international recognition for writing, directing and starring in the Holocaust comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful (1997))
Roberto Benigni
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Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manciano, Italy

Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director Roberto Benigni is noted for his comedic-work, which includes writing, directing and starring in the Italian comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful, which won him an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film and Best Actor, the first for a non-English speaking male performance. Other notable films of Benigni include The Little Devil and Johnny Stecchino.

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Hugh O'Connor
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Birthdate: April 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 28, 1995
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Giacomo Gianniotti
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Birthdate: June 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Giacomo Gianniotti is an Italian-Canadian actor best known for his role in the medical drama TV series Grey's Anatomy. Born in Italy, he moved to Canada at a young age. He is active in both the Canadian and Italian stages, films, and TV. He is a recipient of the Tell-Tale TV Award for Favorite Actor in a Network Drama Series. 

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Franco Columbu
(Bodybuilder, Powerlifter)
Franco Columbu
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Birthdate: August 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ollolai, Italy
Died: August 30, 2019
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Antonio Sabato Jr.
(Model, Actor)
Antonio Sabato Jr.
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Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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.
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Roberto Rossellini
(Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Racecar driver)
Roberto Rossellini
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Birthdate: May 8, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome
Died: June 3, 1977

One of the pioneers of neo-realism, Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini was part of the French nouvelle vague movement. Born to the man who had set up Italy’s first cinema, Rossellini later grew up to make films such as Rome, Open City. He was also known for his scandalous affair with Ingrid Bergman.

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Mitch Pileggi
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Birthdate: April 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA
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Adriano Celentano
(Italian Musician, Singer, Composer, Actor, and Filmmaker)
Adriano Celentano
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Birthdate: January 6, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greco, Milan, Italy

Hailed as one of the pillars of Italian music, Adriano Celentano is a celebrated singer-songwriter, whose numerous songs and albums have gained both commercial as well as critical success. Also credited with introducing rock n roll to Italy, he has been dubbed as the flexible one for his powerful dancing. A successful actor, he has appeared in around forty films.

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Yves Montand
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Birthdate: October 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died: November 9, 1991
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Giancarlo Giannini
(Actor & Film Director Known for His Wide-Range of Starring Roles Across Italian and International Cinema)
Giancarlo Giannini
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Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Spezia, Italy

Apart from winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival for Love and Anarchy, Giancarlo Giannini has also been nominated for an Academy Award for Seven Beauties. He also boasts of an electronics degree. His flair for languages has helped him work as an Italian dubber for actors such as Al Pacino.

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Danny Nucci
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Birthdate: September 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Klagenfurt, Austria

Danny Nucci is an American actor best known for his work in successful films like Crimson Tide, The Rock, Eraser, and Titanic. Over the years, Danny Nucci has also contributed immensely to the TV industry, having played important roles in TV series like Falcon Crest, Snoops, 10-8: Officers on Duty, and The Fosters.

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Salvatore Riina
(Criminal)
Salvatore Riina
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Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Corleone
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Riccardo Scamarcio
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Birthdate: November 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trani, Italy
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Paul Henreid
(Actor & Director Best Remembered for Roles in the Films 'Casablanca' and 'Now, Voyager')
Paul Henreid
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Birthdate: January 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy
Died: March 29, 1992

Born to an affluent banker, Paul Henreid had an elite education. He also initially worked as a translator and book designer, training as an actor at nights. He gained fame with his role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Casablanca. He later also directed a few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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Marco Simoncelli
(Motorcycle racer)
Marco Simoncelli
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Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cattolica
Died: October 23, 2011

Marco Simoncelli was an Italian motorcycle racer. From 2002 to 2011, Simoncelli competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing and won the 2008 Grand Prix Championship. While competing in the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix on 23 October, Simoncelli lost control over his motorcycle and was run over by other vehicles on the track. He died of wounds at age 24.

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Vittorio Gassman
(Actor, Director)
Vittorio Gassman
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Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: June 29, 2000
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Al Lettieri
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Birthdate: February 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: October 18, 1975
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Vittorio De Sica
(Italian Film Director and Actor Who was a Leading Figure in the Neorealist Movement)
Vittorio De Sica
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Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sora, Italy
Died: November 13, 1974

Four-time Academy Award-winning director Vittorio De Sica was a symbol of Italian neorealism. Apart from creating masterpieces such as Bicycle Thieves and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. He had begun his career acting in silent films and had then also participated in musical theater. He was both a Roman Catholic and a communist.

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Rossano Brazzi
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Birthdate: September 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: December 24, 1994
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Miguel Bosé
(Musician, Actor)
Miguel Bosé
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Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

Miguel Bosé is a Spanish pop new wave musician and actor who has been active in the entertainment industry for five decades. He studied acting, dancing, and singing and began his career as an actor. He eventually forayed into music as well. He is openly gay and is in a long-term relationship with sculptor Ignacio Palau. 

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Salvatore Esposito
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Birthdate: February 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
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Felix Silla
(Actor from Italy best known for his role as Cousin Itt in the series, The Addams Family)
Felix Silla
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Birthdate: January 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roccacasale, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: April 16, 2021
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Raoul Bova
(Actor)
Raoul Bova
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Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Pierfrancesco Favino
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Birthdate: August 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Frank Sivero
(Character Actor)
Frank Sivero
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Birthdate: January 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Siculiana, Italy
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Rossano Rubicondi
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Birthdate: March 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome
Rossano Rubicondi is better known as the fourth former husband of Czech-American model and entrepreneur Ivana Trump, ex-wife of Donald Trump. Rubicondi began his career as a model in London and then appeared in films such as The Golden Bowl and the reality show The Island of the Famous.
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Giulio Berruti
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Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Axel Braun
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor)
Axel Braun
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Birthdate: September 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome
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Gian Maria Volontè
(Italian Actor Known for His Versatility as an Interpreter and His Fiery Temper)
Gian Maria Volontè
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Birthdate: April 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
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.

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Andrea Dovizioso
(Motorcycle racer)
Andrea Dovizioso
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Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Forlimpopoli

Andrea Dovizioso is a motorcycle racer who won the 125cc World Championship title at the 2004 Grand Prix. With 62 MotoGP podiums and 15 victories, Dovizioso is one of the most eminent MotoGP riders of the modern era. He is the only racer to win a MotoGP race in three separate decades, having won races in 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s.

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Lucio Fulci
(Film director)
Lucio Fulci
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Birthdate: June 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 13, 1996
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Giacomo Agostini
(Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver)
Giacomo Agostini
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Birthdate: June 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brescia

Giacomo Agostini is an Italian world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He amassed 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championship titles in a career spanning 17 years. Industry experts consider him one of the greatest Grand Prix riders of all time. In 2010, he was named an FIM Legend for his motorcycling achievements.  

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Albano Carrisi
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Birthdate: May 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cellino San Marco, Italy
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Alessandro Borghi
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Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Ruggero Deodato
(Film director, Actor, Screenwriter)
Ruggero Deodato
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Birthdate: May 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Potenza
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Lorenzo Richelmy
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Birthdate: March 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Spezia, Italy
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Michele Placido
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Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ascoli Satriano, Italy
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Luca Marinelli
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Birthdate: October 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Cesare Danova
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Birthdate: March 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 19, 1992
 45 
Marco D'Amore
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Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caserta, Italy
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Adolfo Celi
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Birthdate: July 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Messina, Italy
Died: February 19, 1986
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Tony Rosato
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Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: January 10, 2017
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Luca Zingaretti
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Birthdate: November 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Lucio Dalla
(Former singer-songwriter who is best known for his original composition)
Lucio Dalla
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Birthdate: March 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 1, 2012
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Alberto Sordi
(Italian Comedian Known for Satirizing His Country's Social Mores in Pungent Black Comedies and Grim Drama)
Alberto Sordi
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Birthdate: June 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 24, 2003

Alberto Sordi was an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, singer, composer, and voice actor. Widely regarded as an icon of Italian cinema, Sordi achieved greatness in a career that spanned 70 years! Over the course of his illustrious career, Alberto Sordi won several prestigious awards, including seven David di Donatello and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.