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, Tuscany, 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
Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melegnano, 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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 3 James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey
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.

 4 Joel McHale

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

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 Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arezzo, Tuscany, 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.

 6 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

 7 Franco Nero

Franco Nero.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Parma

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
Birthplace: Milan

 9 Bud Spencer

Bud Spencer.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
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. 

 10 Danny Huston

Danny Huston.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rome
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

 11 Terence Hill

Terence Hill
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy

 12 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.

 13 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

 14 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
Birthplace: Manciano

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.

 15 Edoardo Ponti

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

 16 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.

 17 Marcello Mastroianni

Marcello Mastroianni.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 18 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
Birthplace: Milan

 19 James Darren

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

 20 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

 21 Salvatore Riina

Salvatore Riina
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Corleone

 22 Riccardo Scamarcio

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

 23 Mitch Pileggi

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

 24 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

 25 Giancarlo Giannini

Giancarlo Giannini
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Spezia, Italy

 26 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
Birthplace: Sora, Lazio
Died: November 13, 1974

 27 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. 

 28 Vittorio Gassman

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

 29 Raoul Bova

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

 30 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

 31 Francesco Quinn

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

 32 Alessandro Borghi

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

 33 Albano Carrisi

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

 34 Salvatore Esposito

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

 35 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.

 36 Pierfrancesco Favino

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

 37 Frank Sivero

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

 38 Lorenzo Richelmy

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

 39 Giacomo Agostini

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

 40 Felix Silla

Felix Silla
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome

 41 Axel Braun

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

 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 Francesco Acquaroli

Francesco Acquaroli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 44 Dario Fo

Dario Fo.
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: March 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sangiano

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.

 45 Luca Marinelli

Luca Marinelli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

 46 Giulio Berruti

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

 47 Gian Maria Volontè

Gian Maria Volontè.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milan
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.

 48 Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso
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Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: March 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Forlimpopoli

 49 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.

 50 Ruggero Deodato

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