Famous Italian Film & Theater Personalities

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.

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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 Asia Argento

Asia Argento
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Famous As: Actress, Model, Writer
Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Asia Argento, daughter of filmmaker Dario Argento, has starred in movies such as XXX, Traveling Companion, and Transylvania. She declared that Harvey Weinstein had sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, while she was herself accused of assaulting Jimmy Bennett. She was dating Anthony Bourdain at the time of his death.

 4 Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini has made an important contribution to the American and Italian film industry. She has also appeared on stage, including an Off-Broadway production of The Stendhal Syndrome.  Also known for her involvement in conservation efforts, Rossellini serves as the director and president of the Howard Gilman Foundation, which focuses on the preservation of arts, photography, and wildlife.

 5 Valentina Nappi

Valentina Nappi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 6 Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic
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Famous As: Actor, Journalist, Restaurateur
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American
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 7 Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini
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Famous As: Film Director and Scriptwriter
Birthdate: January 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: October 31, 1993

Italian film director and screenwriter, Federico Fellini, is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. He was nominated for the Academy Awards 12 times and won four in the category of Best Foreign Language Film. His distinctive style of film-making has inspired generations of directors in both Italy and Hollywood.

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 8 Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pier Paolo Pasolini
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 2, 1975

Noted film director and actor Pier Paolo Pasolini had already gained fame as a poet and author before stepping into the entertainment industry. The openly gay filmmaker was known for his usage of non-professional actors and themes of sexuality. His brutal murder remains to be a controversial topic.

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 9 Frank Capra

Frank Capra
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: May 18, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: September 3, 1991
Frank Capra was a filmmaker and writer responsible for making several American award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. After being born into a poor Italian family, Capra went on to become one of Hollywood's most influential directors of the 1930s; his rags-to-riches story continues to inspire many, with historians labeling him the American Dream personified.

 10 Gina Lollobrigida

Gina Lollobrigida
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer, Sculptor, Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian

 11 Pier Angeli

Pier Angeli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 10, 1971

 12 Valeria Golino

Valeria Golino
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Famous As: actor, model, film director
Birthdate: October 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

 13 Luca Guadagnino

Luca Guadagnino
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: August 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

Luca Guadagnino is an Italian filmmaker best known for producing and directing the 2017 coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Also known for his contribution to the fashion industry, Guadagnino is credited with creating Frenesy, a production company that produces fashion films.

 14 Bernardo Bertolucci

Bernardo Bertolucci
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 15 Moana Pozzi

Moana Pozzi
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Autobiographer
Birthdate: April 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 15, 1994

 16 Simonetta Stefanelli

Simonetta Stefanelli
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian

Simonetta Stefanelli is an Italian fashion designer, entrepreneur, and former actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone in the popular crime film, The Godfather. After retiring from acting in 1992, Simonetta Stefanelli became an entrepreneur. She owns a fashion store called Simo Bloom, where she designs shoes and purses.

 17 Rosabell Laurenti Sellers

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers
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Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: March 27, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 18 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

 19 Giada Colagrande

Giada Colagrande
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Famous As: Filmmaker, Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Known for projects such as Padre and Pasolini, Italian actor-director Giada Colagrande began her career making art documentaries. Her short films have earned accolades, too. She is now known for her collaborations with her actor husband Willem Dafoe, with whom she has an age gap of almost 2 decades.

 20 Allison Miller

Allison Miller
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian, American

Allison Miller is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Michelle Benjamin in the serial drama TV series, Kings. Miller was passionate about acting, so much so that she dropped out of college in 2006 to pursue acting. A multi-talented personality, Miller has trained in modern, jazz, and tap dance. She also plays the guitar and the piano.

 21 Ornella Muti

Ornella Muti
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 22 Paolo Sorrentino

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

 23 Lory Del Santo

Lory Del Santo
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Famous As: Film director, Model, Actor, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: September 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian

 24 Violante Placido

Violante Placido
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: May 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 25 Caterina Murino

Caterina Murino
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 26 Daniela Bianchi

Daniela Bianchi
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Famous As: Aactress
Birthdate: January 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

Daniela Bianchi is an Italian actress known for her portrayal of Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in the popular spy film, From Russia with Love. After appearing in the second James Bond film, Bianchi landed roles in a number of Italian and French movies. Apart from acting, Daniela Bianchi also studied ballet and worked as a fashion model.

 27 Alessandra Mastronardi

Alessandra Mastronardi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

 28 Sabrina Salerno

Sabrina Salerno
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian

 29 Laura Antonelli

Laura Antonelli
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: June 22, 2015

 30 Luchino Visconti

Luchino Visconti
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Famous As: Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 17, 1976

 31 Fabiana Udenio

Fabiana Udenio
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian

 32 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

 33 Veronica De Laurentiis

Veronica De Laurentiis
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: January 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian

 34 Ylenia Carrisi

Ylenia Carrisi
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Famous As: Presenter
Birthdate: November 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 6, 1994

 35 Elisabetta Canalis

Elisabetta Canalis
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Famous As: Actor, Art model, Television presenter, Showgirl, Model
Birthdate: September 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 36 Luciana Paluzzi

Luciana Paluzzi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 37 Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Maria Grazia Cucinotta
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 38 Monica Vitti

Monica Vitti
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter, Film director
Birthdate: November 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 39 Virna Lisi

Virna Lisi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 18, 2014

 40 Nicoletta Braschi

Nicoletta Braschi
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: April 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 41 Gloria Guida

Gloria Guida
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model
Birthdate: November 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 42 Elsa Martinelli

Elsa Martinelli
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Film actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

 43 Debora Caprioglio

Debora Caprioglio
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: May 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 44 Michelle Hunziker

Michelle Hunziker
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Swiss, Italian, Dutch

Michelle Hunziker is a Swiss-Italian model, actress, and television hostess. After starting her career as a model by posing for brands, such as Armani, La Perla, and Rocco Barocco, Hunziker established herself as a TV personality, hosting popular shows like Paperissima Sprint and Colpo di Fulmine. Over the years, she has also acted in films and TV series.

 45 Alexandra Moen

Alexandra Moen
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Famous As: actor
Birthdate: 1978 AD
Nationality: Italian

 46 Daria Nicolodi

Daria Nicolodi
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Famous As: Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

 47 Miriam Leone

Miriam Leone
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 48 Serena Grandi

Serena Grandi
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: March 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian

 49 Jasmine Trinca

Jasmine Trinca
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian

 50 Lina Wertmüller

Lina Wertmüller
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: August 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian