Top 60 Italian Actors

by minalex | created - 16 Aug 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Gino Cervi

Actor | Le miserie del signor Travet

The son of Italian theatre critic Antonio Cervi, Gino Cervi was one of the most famous Italian actors, first on stage, then on screen and finally on television. He appeared in his first play in 1924, a year after his father's death. He won world fame with three movies directed by Alessandro Blasetti...

2. Massimo Girotti

Actor | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Manly, chiseled, exceedingly handsome, very agile Massimo Girotti was an engineering student and polo/swimming star before entering films in 1939. He began auspiciously in serious leads, most notably Roberto Rossellini's Desire (1946), Luchino Visconti's Ossessione (1943) and Vittorio De Sica's La ...

3. Aldo Fabrizi

Actor | Guardie e ladri

Beloved, hugely popular Italian comic character actor/writer/director, in music halls and variety shows for much of his early career. Fabrizi entered films in 1942 and often wrote and directed his vehicles, winning international acclaim in the Roberto Rossellini's neorealist drama Rome, Open City (...

4. Marcello Pagliero

Director | La p... respectueuse

Marcello Pagliero was born on January 15, 1907 in London, England. He was a writer and director, known for The Respectful Whore (1952), Paisan (1946) and Desire (1946). He died on December 9, 1980 in Paris, France.

5. Enzo Staiola

Actor | Ladri di biciclette

Enzo Staiola was born on November 15, 1939 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), The Barefoot Contessa (1954) and A Tale of Five Women (1951).

6. Lamberto Maggiorani

Actor | Ladri di biciclette

Lamberto Maggiorani was born on August 28, 1909 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), The Last Judgment (1961) and A Tale of Five Women (1951). He died on April 22, 1983 in Rome.

7. Antonio Arcidiacono

La terra trema

Antonio Arcidiacono is an actor, known for La Terra Trema (1948).

8. Giuseppe Arcidiacono

La terra trema

Giuseppe Arcidiacono is an actor, known for La Terra Trema (1948).

9. Peparuolo

Actor | Francesco, giullare di Dio

Peparuolo is an actor, known for The Flowers of St. Francis (1950).

10. Serge Reggiani

Actor | Il gattopardo

The notably gifted, multi-talented actor, chanteur, poet and painter Serge Reggiani was born in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy, in 1922. His father, a highly visible anti-fascist, fled his Mussolini-dictated homeland due to his fervent political activities and emigrated to France in order ...

11. Alberto Sordi

Actor | Tutti a casa

One of Italy's most captivating and talented cinematic comedy stars, Italian veteran Alberto Sordi was known for satirizing his country's social mores in pungent black comedies, farcical tales and grim drama. He, along with peers Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi and Nino Manfredi, arguably represent ...

12. Franco Interlenghi

Actor | Sciuscià

Franco Interlenghi was born on October 29, 1931 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Shoeshine (1946), The Big Night (1959) and I Vitelloni (1953). He was married to Antonella Lualdi. He died on September 10, 2015 in Rome.

13. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

14. Franco Fabrizi

Actor | I vitelloni

Mr. Fabrizi was Italian actor best known for his performance as the lady-killer among a group of small-town youths in Federico Fellini's 'I Vitelloni'. Starting as a stage and variety revue actor in 1947, he broke into film in 1952 with Francesco De Roberti's 'Carica Eroica'. His role as a tireless...

15. Leopoldo Trieste

Writer | Il peccato degli anni verdi

Leopoldo Trieste was born on May 3, 1917 in Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Il peccato degli anni verdi (1960), Don't Look Now (1973) and Cinema Paradiso (1988). He died on January 25, 2003 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

16. Folco Lulli

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Folco Lulli was born on July 3, 1912 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), The Organizer (1963) and The Tartars (1961). He died on May 23, 1970 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

17. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

18. Renato Salvatori

Actor | Rocco e i suoi fratelli

Renato Salvatori was born on March 20, 1933 in Seravezza, Tuscany, Italy as Giuseppe Salvatori. He was an actor, known for Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Z (1969) and The Organizer (1963). He was married to Annie Girardot. He died on March 27, 1988 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

19. Lino Ventura

Actor | L'armée des ombres

One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to ...

An Italian who grew up and lived in France and played mostly in french films.

20. Gabriele Ferzetti

Actor | C'era una volta il West

Elegant, urbane and well-spoken, Gabriele Ferzetti was one of Italy's most prominent international stars of the 1950's and 60's. His passion for the stage had begun with performing in university plays. This paved the way to a scholarship at the Rome Academy of Dramatic Art (Accademia d'arte ...

21. Franco Citti

Actor | The Godfather

Franco Citti was born on April 23, 1935 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and director, known for The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and Accattone (1961). He died on January 14, 2016 in Rome.

22. Raf Vallone

Actor | The Godfather Part III

Raf Vallone was an internationally acclaimed Italian movie star known for his rugged good looks. The athletic Vallone, a former soccer player who often was compared to Burt Lancaster, was born Raffaele Vallone in 1916 in Tropea in Calabria, Italy, the son of a prominent lawyer and his aristocratic ...

23. Vittorio Gassman

Actor | Sleepers

Vittorio Gassman studied theatre in his youth and was quite a good basketball player. He debuted on stage in 1943 and soon felt home in all classical theatre works. Since 1946 he also worked at the movies and his first big role there was the criminal in Bitter Rice (1949). This fixed him to his ...

24. Ugo Tognazzi

Actor | Il fischio al naso

Despite his many superb performances accumulated over a 4-decade career (and I do mean many), this virile, mustachioed, stocky-framed Italian character star will be forever cherished if only for his one classic comedy role, that of slightly mincing gay cabaret owner Renato Baldi in La Cage aux ...

25. Gian Maria Volontè

Actor | Per un pugno di dollari

Born in Milan in 1933, Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in 1957. He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in ...

26. Lino Capolicchio

Director | Pugili

Lino Capolicchio was born on August 21, 1943 in Merano, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Pugili (1995), Escalation (1968) and The House of the Laughing Windows (1976).

27. Giulio Brogi

Actor | Strategia del ragno

Giulio Brogi was born on May 13, 1931 in Verona, Veneto, Italy. He is known for his work on The Spider's Stratagem (1970), San Michele aveva un gallo (1972) and Il gabbiano (1977). He died on February 19, 2019 in Negrar, Veneto.

28. Franco Nero

Actor | Django Unchained

Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than 200 movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer ...

29. Giancarlo Giannini

Actor | Quantum of Solace

Giancarlo Giannini is an Oscar-nominated Italian actor, director and multilingual dubber who made an international reputation for his leading roles in Italian films as well as for his mastery of a variety of languages and dialects.

He was born August 1, 1942, in La Spezia, Italy. For ten years young ...

30. Fabio Testi

Actor | Letters to Juliet

Fabio Testi was born on August 2, 1941 in Peschiera del Garda, Verona, Veneto, Italy. He is known for his work on Letters to Juliet (2010), The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) and The Avenger, Zorro (1969). He has been married to Antonella Liguori since January 3, 2015. He was previously ...

31. Omero Antonutti

Actor | Padre padrone

Omero Antonutti (born 3 August 1935) is an Italian actor and dubber, appearing regularly in films and theatre performances. He was born at Basiliano, Friuli. Antonutti's most notable performance to date was in the Taviani brothers' acclaimed film "Padre Padrone". He is also regularly employed in ...

32. Saverio Marconi

Actor | Ogro

Saverio Marconi was born on April 1, 1948 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Francesco Saverio Marconi. He is known for his work on Ogro (1979), Padre Padrone (1977) and Contraband (1980).

33. Franco Branciaroli

Actor | Senso '45

Franco Branciaroli was born on May 27, 1947 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor, known for Black Angel (2002), Gran bollito (1977) and The Voyeur (1994).

34. Enrico Montesano

Actor | A me mi piace

An actor very much in the tradition of Italian comics, Montesano has demonstrated his talent in many sophisticated comedies, expecially when he has worked for important directors, like Monicelli or Steno. However, his qualities can also be seen in grotesque comedies or in films without any apparent...

35. Roberto Benigni

Actor | La vita è bella

Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy as Roberto Remigio Benigni. He is an actor and writer, known for Life Is Beautiful (1997), The Tiger and the Snow (2005) and Down by Law (1986). He has been married to Nicoletta Braschi ...

36. Vincent Gardenia

Actor | Moonstruck

He was honored twice off-Broadway with Distinguished Performance OBIE Award, first in 1960 for "Machinal" and again in 1969 for "Passing Through From Exotic Places." In 1972 he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a play for "Prisoner on 2nd Avenue." In 1979 he was nominated for Best Actor ...

37. Federico Pitzalis

Actor | Diavolo in corpo

Federico Pitzalis is an actor.

38. Sergio Fantoni

Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Fantoni was born on August 7, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Von Ryan's Express (1965) and Esther and the King (1960). He was previously married to Valentina Fortunato.

39. Marco Esposito

Actor | Lunga vita alla signora!

Marco Esposito is an actor, known for Long Live the Lady! (1987).

40. Paolo Villaggio

Actor | Fracchia la belva umana

Very popular actor and writer in Italy. He worked in over 80 movies and TV series. Known especially for portraing the character of "Fantozzi" on several movies. Paolo Villaggio was born on December 30, 1932 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He was known for White Collar Blues (1975) (aka Fantozzi), Il ...

41. Marco Leonardi

Actor | Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

With his starring roles in two of the most popular foreign films of all time, Italian native Marco Leonardi has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after young actors. Leonardi most recently completed production on two feature films that showcase his diversity as an actor. In Once Upon a Time in ...

42. Giuseppe Ieracitano

Actor | Il ladro di bambini

Giuseppe Ieracitano is an actor, known for The Stolen Children (1992), Falcone (1999) and Il piccolo lord (1996).

43. Enrico Lo Verso

Actor | Così ridevano

Enrico Lo Verso was born on January 18, 1964 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is an actor, known for Così ridevano (1998), Hudson Hawk (1991) and Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006). He is married to Elena. They have one child.

44. Massimo Troisi

Actor | Il postino

His acting career started when he was 15 in a theatre (Centro Teatro Spazio). In 1969 he founded the group "I saraceni" (later renamed "La smorfia") with Enzo Decaro and Lello Arena. He became famous to the TV audience between 1976 and 1979 with two TV programs "Non Stop" and "Luna Park". First ...

45. Giorgio Cantarini

Actor | La vita è bella

Giorgio Cantarini was born in Orvieto, Italy on April 12, 1992. He has lived in Rome and Paris. He made his cinema debut at just five years old in the role of Joshua in the film "La Vita è Bella" (Life is Beautiful) by Roberto Benigni, a role for which he won the Jackie Coogan Award (Young artist ...

46. Ivano Marescotti

Actor | King Arthur

Ivano Marescotti was born on February 4, 1946 in Villanova di Bagnacavallo, Italy. He is an actor, known for King Arthur (2004), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Hannibal (2001).

47. Nanni Moretti

Producer | La stanza del figlio

Nanni Moretti was born on the 19th of August, 1953. He lives in Rome, where since he was a kid he devotes himself to his two passions: cinema and water-polo. In 1970 he also played in water-polo first division in Italy, and in the junior National team. In those years he was also very committed in ...

48. Claudio Santamaria

Actor | Casino Royale

Claudio Santamaria was born on July 22, 1974 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Casino Royale (2006), Romanzo Criminale (2005) and They Call Me Jeeg (2015). He has been married to Francesca Barra since November 2017.

49. Stefano Accorsi

Actor | Le fate ignoranti

Stefano Accorsi was born on March 2, 1971 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for His Secret Life (2001), Italian Race (2016) and Io non ti conosco (2013). He has been married to Bianca Vitali since November 24, 2015. They have one child.

50. Sergio Castellitto

Actor | Paris, je t'aime

Sergio Castellitto was born in Rome in 1953. After graduating from the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1978, he began his theatrical career in Italian public theater with "Shakespeare's Measure for Measure" at the Teatro di Roma and with roles in other plays such as "La Madre by ...

51. Vincenzo Amato

Actor | Unbroken

Vincenzo Amato was born on March 30, 1966 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is known for his work on Unbroken (2014), Golden Door (2006) and Respiro (2002).

52. Riccardo Scamarcio

Actor | John Wick: Chapter 2

Riccardo Scamarcio was born on November 13, 1979 in Andria, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Loose Cannons (2010) and Three Steps Over Heaven (2004).

53. Francesco Scianna

Actor | Baarìa

Francesco Scianna was born on March 25, 1982 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is an actor, known for Baarìa (2009), Angel of Evil (2010) and Ben-Hur (2016).

54. Paolo Bonacelli

Actor | Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma

Paolo Bonacelli was born on February 28, 1937 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), The American (2010) and Caligula (1979).

55. Toni Servillo

Actor | La grande bellezza

Actor and director Toni Servillo was born in Afragola in 1959. In 1977 Servillo founded the Teatro Studio in Caserta for whom he directed 'Propaganda' (1979), 'Norma' (1982), 'Billy il bugiardo' (1983) and 'Guernica' (1985), amongst others. In 1986 he collaborated with the Falso Movimento group, ...

56. Fabrizio Bentivoglio

Actor | Un eroe borghese

Fabrizio Bentivoglio was born on January 4, 1957 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Un eroe borghese (1995), Human Capital (2013) and On Tour (1990). He has been married to Silvia Pippia since May 19, 2012. They have two children.

57. Carlo Buccirosso

Actor | Il divo - La spettacolare vita di Giulio Andreotti

Carlo Buccirosso was born on July 7, 1954 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is an actor, known for Il Divo (2008), Love and Bullets (2017) and Song 'e Napule (2013).

58. Roberto Herlitzka

Actor | Buongiorno, notte

Roberto Herlitzka was born on October 2, 1937 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He is known for his work on Good Morning, Night (2003), The Great Beauty (2013) and The Final Lesson (2000). He is married to Chiara Cajoli.

59. Massimo Popolizio

Actor | Sono tornato

Massimo Popolizio was born on July 4, 1961 in Genoa, Liguria, Italy. He is known for his work on Sono tornato (2018), The Great Beauty (2013) and Il Divo (2008).

60. Valerio Mastandrea

Actor | Perfetti sconosciuti

Valerio Mastandrea was born on February 14, 1972 in Garbatella, Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Perfect Strangers (2016), Laughing (2018) and Balancing Act (2012).



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