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 Cole Sprouse

Cole Sprouse
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy

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.

 2 Michele Morrone

Michele Morrone
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Famous As: Actor, Model
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.

 3 Joel McHale

Joel McHale
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

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.

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 4 Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 5 Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castellaneta, Italy
Died: August 23, 1926

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor who appeared in many silent films, including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and The Sheik.  He began his career as part of an operetta company and later joined movies. He was known in Hollywood as the Latin Lover and was considered a major male sex symbol in the 1920s. 

 6 Franco Nero

Franco Nero
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 7 Fabio Lanzoni

Fabio Lanzoni
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Famous As: Actor, Model noted for a wide-ranging career including appearances as spokesman for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!
Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Fabio Lanzoni is a fashion model and actor. He began modeling in his early 20s and was featured prominently as a romance novel cover model. Born in Italy, he moved to USA for better career prospects. He found work in TV series and went on to publish a few romance novels. He is a spokesman for the American Cancer Society.  

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 8 Burt Young

Burt Young
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Best known for his rough character roles and his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Paulie Pennino in the Rocky film franchise, actor Burt Young had been a boxer during his time in the Marine Corps. He has also contributed to book covers as an illustrator and penned screenplays and the novel Endings.

 9 Terence Hill

Terence Hill
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 10 Giacomo Gianniotti

Giacomo Gianniotti
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Famous As: Actor
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. 

 11 Hugh O'Connor

Hugh O'Connor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 28, 1995

 12 Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fontana Liri, 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.

 13 Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni
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Famous As: Actor who gained international recognition for writing, directing and starring in the Holocaust comedy-drama film Life Is Beautiful (1997)
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.

 14 Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu
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Famous As: Bodybuilder, Powerlifter
Birthdate: August 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ollolai, Italy
Died: August 30, 2019

 15 Antonio Sabato Jr.

Antonio Sabato Jr.
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Famous As: Model, Actor
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.

 16 Tinto Brass

Tinto Brass
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Famous As: Italian filmmaker known for his erotic films, including Caligula, Così fan tutte, Paprika, Monella, and Trasgredire
Birthdate: March 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Giovanni Brass, also known as Tinto Brass, explored the avant-garde and erotic genres of films. The grandson of famous Italian artist Italico Brass, he created masterpieces such as The Scream, Caligula, and Salon Kitty. He has also bagged the Best Italian Film award at the Venice Film Festival for La Vacanza.

 17 James Darren

James Darren
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

James Darren is an American actor, singer, and television director. He is well-known for his singing abilities; Darren's version of Goodbye Cruel World peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. He has also released several albums like This One's from the Heart and Because of You.

 18 Edoardo Ponti

Edoardo Ponti
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: January 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Writer-director Edoardo Ponti, best known for his 2020 production, The Life Ahead, debuted on screen as a child actor, appearing with his mother, Sophia Loren, as her on-screen son in the moviie Aurora. Beginning his career as a writer-director much later, he won multiple awards and nominations with his first feature film Between Strangers.

 19 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
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.

 20 Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA

 21 Yves Montand

Yves Montand
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died: November 9, 1991

 22 Danny Nucci

Danny Nucci
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 23 Riccardo Scamarcio

Riccardo Scamarcio
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trani, Italy

 24 Paul Henreid

Paul Henreid
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trieste, Austria-Hungary (now 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.

 25 Giancarlo Giannini

Giancarlo Giannini
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 26 Marco Simoncelli

Marco Simoncelli
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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.

 27 Al Lettieri

Al Lettieri
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: October 18, 1975

 28 Rossano Brazzi

Rossano Brazzi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: December 24, 1994

 29 Miguel Bosé

Miguel Bosé
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Famous As: Musician, Actor
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. 

 30 Raoul Bova

Raoul Bova
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 31 Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica
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Famous As: Film director, who was a leader in the neorealist movement of the 1940's and 1950's
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.

 32 Salvatore Esposito

Salvatore Esposito
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

 33 Vittorio Gassman

Vittorio Gassman
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: June 29, 2000

 34 Felix Silla

Felix Silla
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Famous As: Actor from Italy best known for his role as Cousin Itt in the series, The Addams Family
Birthdate: January 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roccacasale, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: April 16, 2021

 35 Albano Carrisi

Albano Carrisi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cellino San Marco, Italy

 36 Rhys Coiro

Rhys Coiro
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calabria, Italy

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 Frank Sivero

Frank Sivero
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Famous As: Character Actor
Birthdate: January 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Siculiana, Italy

 38 Axel Braun

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

 39 Pierfrancesco Favino

Pierfrancesco Favino
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 40 Rossano Rubicondi

Rossano Rubicondi
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 41 Lorenzo Richelmy

Lorenzo Richelmy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Spezia, Italy

 42 Lucio Fulci

Lucio Fulci
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 13, 1996

 43 Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
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.

 44 Giulio Berruti

Giulio Berruti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 45 Dario Fo

Dario Fo
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Famous As: Playwright, Actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sangiano, Italy
Died: October 13, 2016

Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo, best remembered for the play Mistero Buffo, donned many hats and made his presence felt as an actor, stage director and designer, and painter. He and his wife, actor Franca Rame, did everything from writing sketches for the show Canzonissima to founding theater companies.

 46 Alessandro Borghi

Alessandro Borghi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 47 Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer, Racecar driver
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.  

 48 Marco D'Amore

Marco D'Amore
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caserta, Italy

 49 Ruggero Deodato

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

 50 Luca Zingaretti

Luca Zingaretti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy