Italy has been the mecca of everything glamorous, right from fashion to films. While one wants to swear by the old-school charm of the place and the historically amusing heritage properties and artefacts, you cannot but turn a blind eye to the attraction that the modern-day Italy forwards. Italy has been overflowing with talent in all fields. Talking about film and theatre, the country has been the address of some of the most renowned and talented artists of the world. From critically acclaimed stars to popularly lauded script writers, bird-eye viewed directors to stinking-rich producers, powerful art directors to graceful choreographers, Italian world of cinema and theatre is loaded with a bevy of skilful artists. And it is to these artists that we dedicate this section. The world of cinema today would go a little miser if there were no Italians in it. And if you don’t believe us, check this – Imagine cinema without the great lover of 1920s Rudolph Valentino, the leading man of 1960s Marcello Mastroianni, the sex icon Gina Lollobrigida, the Oscar winner Anna Magnani, the theatre director and father of neorealism Luchino Visconti and the pioneer of cinema Filoteo Alberini. Here’s toasting to the greatest Italian film and theatre personalities! Check out interesting facts about their life and works.
James GandolfiniJames Gandolfini
18 September 1961
Actor
Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci
30 September 1964
Actress, Model

Sophia LorenSophia Loren
20 September 1934
Film star

Rose McGowanRose McGowan
05 September 1973
Actress

Isabella RosselliniIsabella Rossellini
18 June 1952
Actress

Franco ZeffirelliFranco Zeffirelli
12 February 1923
Film Director and Producer
Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Beth ChapmanBeth Chapman
29 October 1967
Television Personality

Danny HustonDanny Huston
14 May 1962
Actor
Lindsay HartleyLindsay Hartley
17 April 1978
Actress

Franco NeroFranco Nero
23 November 1941
Actor
Marco GaribaldiMarco Garibaldi
1955 AD
Producer

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Greta ScacchiGreta Scacchi
18 February 1960
Actress
Francesca GregoriniFrancesca Gregorini
07 August 1968
Film Director

Bud SpencerBud Spencer
31 October 1929
Actor
Simonetta StefanelliSimonetta Stefanelli
30 November 1954
Actress

Marcello Mastroianni Marcello Mastroianni
28 September 1924
Actor

Frank CapraFrank Capra
18 May 1897
Film Director
Albert R. BroccoliAlbert R. Broccoli
05 April 1909
Producer

Daniela BianchiDaniela Bianchi
31 January 1942
Aactress
Giada ColagrandeGiada Colagrande
16 October 1975
Filmmaker, Actress

Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
29 September 1912
Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor

Franco AmurriFranco Amurri
12 September 1958
Film Director

Anna MagnaniAnna Magnani
07 March 1908
Actress
Michelle HunzikerMichelle Hunziker
24 January 1977
Model, Actress
Dario FoDario Fo
24 March 1926
Playwright

Alberto SordiAlberto Sordi
15 June 1920
Italian actor

Ruggero PasquarelliRuggero Pasquarelli
10 September 1993
Singer

Gillo PontecorvoGillo Pontecorvo
19 November 1919
Film Director
Gian Maria VolontèGian Maria Volontè
09 April 1933
Actor

Veronica BertiVeronica Berti
1984 AD
Actress

Livia GiuggioliLivia Giuggioli
04 September 1969
Film Producer

Rossano RubicondiRossano Rubicondi
14 March 1972
Actor

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Beppe GrilloBeppe Grillo
21 July 1948
Actor, Comedian, Politician, Writer
Fabio LanzoniFabio Lanzoni
15 March 1961
actor, model

Alessandra MussoliniAlessandra Mussolini
30 December 1962
Actor, Politician, Model
Rocco SiffrediRocco Siffredi
04 May 1964
Adult Film Star, Film producer, Model

Rosabell Laurenti SellersRosabell Laurenti Sellers
27 March 1996
Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor

Riccardo ScamarcioRiccardo Scamarcio
13 November 1979
Actor
Terence HillTerence Hill
29 March 1939
Film director, Actor, Television director,

Sergio LeoneSergio Leone
03 January 1929
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor,
Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini
05 March 1922
Film director, Writer, Actor, Poet, Screenwriter,

Anita PallenbergAnita Pallenberg
06 April 1944
Actor, Model

DalidaDalida
17 January 1933
Actor, Film actor, Singer, Musician, Model

Pier AngeliPier Angeli
19 June 1932
Actor

Gina LollobrigidaGina Lollobrigida
04 July 1927
Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist
Giuliana RancicGiuliana Rancic
17 August 1974
Actor, Journalist, Restaurateur

Valeria GolinoValeria Golino
22 October 1965
actor, model, film director

Moana PozziMoana Pozzi
27 April 1961
Adult Film Star, Autobiographer

Tinto BrassTinto Brass
26 March 1933
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Film
Roberto BenigniRoberto Benigni
27 October 1952
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Comedian,

Dario ArgentoDario Argento
07 September 1940
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,
Dino De LaurentiisDino De Laurentiis
08 August 1919
Film producer

Sabrina SalernoSabrina Salerno
 

Andrea CasiraghiAndrea Casiraghi
08 June 1984
 
Giancarlo GianniniGiancarlo Giannini
01 August 1942
Film director, Actor, Voice actor, Screenwriter

Gianni InfantinoGianni Infantino
23 March 1970
Jurist, Functionary, Lawyer
Fabiana UdenioFabiana Udenio
21 December 1964
Actor

Adriano CelentanoAdriano Celentano
06 January 1938
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Comedian, Film director,

Ornella MutiOrnella Muti
09 March 1955
Actor
Bernardo BertolucciBernardo Bertolucci
16 March 1940
Director

Roberto RosselliniRoberto Rossellini
08 May 1906
Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright,
Lory Del SantoLory Del Santo
28 September 1958
Film director, Model, Actor, Beauty pageant

Rachele MussoliniRachele Mussolini
11 April 1890
 

Salvatore RiinaSalvatore Riina
16 November 1930
Criminal

Laura AntonelliLaura Antonelli
28 November 1941
Actor
Gloria GuidaGloria Guida
19 November 1955
Actor, Singer, Model
Yves MontandYves Montand
13 October 1921
Film actor, Actor, Chansonnier, Singer,

Raoul BovaRaoul Bova
14 August 1971
Actor, Model

Violante PlacidoViolante Placido
01 May 1976
Actor, Singer

Luchino ViscontiLuchino Visconti
02 November 1906
Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter,
Marco SimoncelliMarco Simoncelli
20 January 1987
Motorcycle racer

Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of NaplesVittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples
12 February 1937
Entrepreneur

Paola MoriPaola Mori
18 September 1928
Actor

Vittorio GassmanVittorio Gassman
01 September 1922
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor

Rossano BrazziRossano Brazzi
18 September 1916
Actor, Film director, Singer
Paolo SorrentinoPaolo Sorrentino
31 May 1970
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright

Alexandra MoenAlexandra Moen
1978 AD
actor
Primo CarneraPrimo Carnera
26 October 1906
Boxer, Actor, Professional wrestler

Andrea DoviziosoAndrea Dovizioso
23 March 1986
Motorcycle racer

Francesco QuinnFrancesco Quinn
22 March 1963
Actor, Television actor
Carlo PontiCarlo Ponti
11 December 1912
Film producer, Screenwriter

Silvana ManganoSilvana Mangano
21 April 1930
Actor, Model
Nino RotaNino Rota
03 December 1911
Composer, Conductor, Teacher, Pianist, Actor,

Alida ValliAlida Valli
31 May 1921
Actor, Singer

Caterina MurinoCaterina Murino
15 September 1977
Actor, Model

Luciana PaluzziLuciana Paluzzi
10 June 1937
Actor
Vittorio De SicaVittorio De Sica
07 July 1901
Film director, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film

Maria Grazia CucinottaMaria Grazia Cucinotta
27 July 1968
Actor, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,
Albano CarrisiAlbano Carrisi
 

Veronica De LaurentiisVeronica De Laurentiis
13 January 1950
Author

Alessandra MastronardiAlessandra Mastronardi
18 February 1986
Actor

Monica VittiMonica Vitti
03 November 1931
Actor, Screenwriter, Film director
Pierfrancesco FavinoPierfrancesco Favino
24 August 1969
Actor