My favorite actors from past to presentby cinemadistrada | created - 15 Oct 2018 | updated - 6 months ago | Public
In alphabetical order
Actor | Mediterraneo
He was born in Milan in 1955. His mother, Rosa, was from Como (a city in Northern Italy), and his father, Matteo, was from Puglia (the "heel" of the Italian peninsula). He grew up in a suburbia quarter of Milan. His mother worked as a wardrobe maid at the "Derby", a well-known theater where lots of...
2. Mario Adorf
Actor | Der große Bellheim
Mario Adorf, a tell-tale name indeed. Mario calls to mind the actor's Italian roots (his father was a Calabrian surgeon) whereas Adorf reveals his German origins (his mother was a radiologist from the German region Eifel). As for the full name Mario Adorf it echoes to perfection the international ...
3. Gianni Agus
Actor | Figaro qua, Figaro là
Versatile, no other adjective could apply better to the art and personality of Gianni Agus. He indeed worked in the theater, in the cinema, on television, in variety shows. He could be an actor (from romantic lead in his first plays to sidekick to Totò to character actor in Pirandello plays), a TV ...
4. Janet Agren
Actress | Red Sonja
Born in 1949 this Swedish actress had first been a model but when she came to Italy local producers grasped the opportunity to turn her into a film beauty. And they can be understood. Blond, tall, slender, shaped like a goddess she was bound to illuminate every frame of their movies. The trouble is...
5. Anouk Aimée
Actress | 8½
The daughter of actress Geneviève Sorya, in 1948 she played the part of Juliette in The Lovers of Verona (1949). During the 1950s and 1960s she made various films, including Montparnasse 19 (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960), but only Lola (1961) , Jacques Demy, and A Man and a Woman (1966) Claude ...
Actor | L'intrepido
Born in Lombardy to Sicilian parents, he studied at the Civic Drama School in Milan, then opted to pursue an acting career. His first experiences as a comedian date back to 1992, when he made his debut at the Zelig Theatre in Milan. He showcased his acts on the popular Maurizio Costanzo talk show ...
8. Woody Allen
Writer | Manhattan
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
Antonio Allocca was born on June 24, 1937 in Portici, Campania, Italy. He was an actor, known for Dracula in the Provinces (1975), Carcerato (1981) and Café Express (1980). He died on December 31, 2013 in Marcianise, Campania.
10. Claudio Amendola
Actor | Nostromo
Claudio Amendola was born on February 16, 1963 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Nostromo (1966), Il permesso - 48 ore fuori (2017) and Another Life (1992). He has been married to Francesca Neri since December 11, 2010. They have one child. He was previously married to ...
12. Felice Andreasi
Actor | Pane e tulipani
Felice Andreasi (8 January 1928, in Turin - 25 December 2005, in Cortazzone) was an Italian film, television, and stage actor. He appeared in over 50 films in Italy between 1972 and 2005. He was considered one of the leading stage actors in comic and satirical theatre in Milan. Andreasi won a ...
13. Franco Angrisano
Actor | Ein Haus in der Toscana
Franco Angrisano was born on May 10, 1926 in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. He is known for his work on Ein Haus in der Toscana (1991), The Great Kidnapping (1973) and The Knock Out Cop (1973). He died on September 20, 1996 in Salerno, Campania, Italy.
15. Laura Antonelli
Actress | Passione d'amore
Laura Antonelli was born on November 28, 1941 in Pola, Istria, Italy as Laura Antonaz. She was an actress, known for Passion of Love (1981), Malicious (1973) and L'Innocente (1976). She was married to Enrico Piacentini. She died on June 22, 2015 in Ladispoli, Rome, Lazio, Italy.
16. Fanny Ardant
Actress | 8 femmes
Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.
When she was 17 her father died and the ...
17. Lello Arena
Actor | Scusate il ritardo
Lello Arena is an Italian actor, comedian and television personality. Born in Naples as Raffaello Arena, he was the son of two workers in a tobacco factory. In 1969, at a very young age, Arena formed the cabaret ensamble "La Smorfia" together with Massimo Troisi and Enzo De Caro. In 1978 and 1979, ...
19. Adriana Asti
Actress | Le fantôme de la liberté
Adriana Asti was born on April 30, 1931 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. She is known for her work on The Phantom of Liberty (1974), Caligula (1979) and The Best of Youth (2003). She has been married to Giorgio Ferrara since December 22, 1980. She was previously married to Bernardo Bertolucci.
20. Armando Bandini
Actor | Conviene far bene l'amore
Armando Bandini, stage name of Armando Burlando, was an Italian actor and voice actor, film, theater and television. very versatile character actor interpreter was part of the theater company of Gilberto Govi then taking care of a special episodes aired on Rai. He is remembered in the role of ...
21. Lino Banfi
Actor | L'allenatore nel pallone
He was born in the Apulian city of Andria and at the age of three, moved to Canosa di Puglia. Lino Banfi became one of the most well-known actors in Italian "sexy comedies" in the 1970s. In the 1980s he reached the peak of his fame by appearing in movies such as "L'allenatore nel pallone", "Vieni ...
23. Isa Barzizza
Actress | Figaro qua, Figaro là
Isa Barzizza was born on November 22, 1929 in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy as Luisita Barzizza. She is an actress and producer, known for Figaro qua, Figaro là (1950), The Firemen of Viggiu (1949) and Bellezze in moto-scooter (1952). She was previously married to Carlo Alberto Chiesa.
Actor | Ragazzi fuori
Francesco Benigno was born on October 4, 1967 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy. He is an actor and director, known for Boys on the Outside (1990), The Octopus 7: Investigation into the Death of Commissioner Cattani (1995) and Scintilla (2018).
27. Galeazzo Benti
Actor | Rossini! Rossini!
Galeazzo Benti was born on August 6, 1923 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy as Galeazzo Bentivoglio. He was an actor and writer, known for Rossini! Rossini! (1991), Rosso e nero (1954) and Carovana di canzoni (1955). He died on April 21, 1993 in Bracciano, Lazio, Italy.
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.
30. Helmut Berger
Actor | The Godfather: Part III
Helmut Berger - Austrian born film actor, mostly known for starring in Luchino Visconti's films, which are now considered modern classics. Born Helmut Steinberger in Salzburg in 1944, he turned down a prospect of running a family hotel business and went to London where he worked as waiter to pay ...
31. Senta Berger
Actress | Unter Verdacht
Senta Berger was born in 1941 in Vienna, Austria to her father Josef Berger who was a musician and her mother Therese Berger, a school teacher. Senta and her father performed together when she was just four years old. She sang and her dad played the piano. At five years old, she took ballet lessons...
32. Ingrid Bergman
Actress | Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
36. Claudio Bigagli
Actor | The New Pope
Claudio Bigagli is a writer, actor and director. He studied acting ad the National Academy of Dramatic Arts, with Orazio Costa Giovangigli, and improved his training working with Dario Fo and Vittorio Gassman. His first play , Little Misunderstandings, played by Sergio Castellitto, was staged with ...
38. Claudio Bisio
Actor | Si può fare
He was born on March 19, 1957 in Novi Ligure (in the region Piedmont in the North-west of Italy). His family soon moved to Milan. In 1979 he was admitted to the Actor's School of the Piccolo teatro in Milan, where he attended school for three years. His first work was the performance on stage ...
39. Bernard Blier
Actor | Speriamo che sia femmina
Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for Speriamo che sia femmina (1986), L'école buissonnière (1949) and Manèges (1950). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, 1989 in Saint-Cloud, ...
40. Marco Bocci
Director | A Tor Bella Monaca non piove mai
Marco Bocci was born on August 4, 1977 in Marsciano, Perugia, Umbria, Italy as Marco Bocciolini. He is an actor and director, known for A Tor Bella Monaca non piove mai (2019), One Thousand and One Nights (2012) and Squadra antimafia - Palermo oggi (2009). He has been married to Laura Chiatti since...
41. Massimo Boldi
Actor | A spasso nel tempo
Boldi was born in Luino on 23 July 1945. In 1955 his family moved to Milan, where he joined evening classes and began working as a window-dresser and then as a door-to-door salesman for a pastry company. In 1968 he started performing in cabaret. In the 1970s he did not perform, but managed a ...
42. Florinda Bolkan
Actress | Cari genitori
A sensual, versatile legend of arthouse and grindhouse Italian cinema, Florinda Bolkan was born Florinda Soares Bulcão in Uruburetama, Ceará, Brazil, as the youngest of three children from a Brazilian father and an Indios mother. Her father, diplomat José Pedro Soares Bulcão, died when she was 14, ...
47. Paola Borboni
Actress | Roman Holiday
Paola Borboni was born on January 1, 1900 in Golese di Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She was an actress, known for Roman Holiday (1953), I Vitelloni (1953) and I Have Lost My Husband (1937). She was married to Bruno Vilar. She died on April 9, 1995 in Bodio Lomnago, Lombardy, Italy.
50. Barbara Bouchet
Actress | Casino Royale
Stunningly beautiful and charismatic blonde Barbara Bouchet was born Barbel Goutscherola on August 15th, 1943 in Liberec, Czechoslovakia, known as Reichenberg, during the German occupation. Her father, Fritz, was a war photographer.
Her family was forced to leave the country when Barbara was a ...
51. Raoul Bova
Actor | AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Raoul Bova was born in a Roman white collar family, his father was an employee and his mother a housewife. He has two sisters who he is close to. His passion in his youth was swimming and he became a champion at 16. He performed his military duty in the "Bersaglieri" and he studied at the ISEF but ...
53. Mario Brega
Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Mario Brega was born on March 25, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Florestano Brega. He was an actor and producer, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). He died on July 23, 1994 in Rome.
57. Tino Buazzelli
Actor | Papà Goriot
Tino Buazzelli was born on July 13, 1922 in Frascati, Lazio, Italy as Agostino Buazzelli. He was an actor and director, known for Papà Goriot (1970), A Maiden for the Prince (1965) and Nero Wolfe (1969). He was married to Ermelina Banfi. He died on October 20, 1980 in Rome, Lazio.
58. Flavio Bucci
Actor | Suspiria
Flavio Bucci was born on May 25, 1947 in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. He was an actor, known for Suspiria (1977), Ligabue (1977) and Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973). He was married to Micaela Pignatelli. He died on February 18, 2020 in Passoscuro, Rome, Lazio, Italy.
Actor | Il ritorno di Cagliostro
Luigi Maria Burruano was born on April 22, 1945 in Palermo, Sicily, Italy as Luigi Burruano. He was an actor, known for Il ritorno di Cagliostro (2003), One Hundred Steps (2000) and Break Free (2003). He died on September 10, 2017 in Palermo.
61. Lando Buzzanca
Actor | La parmigiana
Gerlando Buzzanca, best known as Lando Buzzanca, is an Italian theatrical, film and television actor, whose career spanned over 55 years. Born in Palermo the son of a cinema projectionist, at 16 years old Buzzanca left the high school and moved to Rome to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. In ...
62. Jerry Calà
Actor | Il ragazzo del pony express
Very clever and versatile Italian comic actor, Jerry began his career in cabaret when he acted in the famous Italian group "Gatti di vicolo Miracoli", he composed and performed many songs with this group. He got married once to the famous Italian show girl, Mara Venier.
Actress | Profondo rosso
Giuliana Calandra (born 10 February 1936) is an Italian film, television and stage actress, journalist and television hostess. Born in Moncalieri, Giuliana Calandra debuted in 1963 Pier Paolo Pasolini's "La ricotta" and appearing in hundreds of films, TV-series and stage works, including works by ...
64. Ernesto Calindri
Actor | La presidentessa
Ernesto Calindri was born on February 5, 1909 in Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy. He was an actor and director, known for Mademoiselle Gobete (1952), Fame and the Devil (1949) and L'ultimo amante (1955). He was married to Roberta Mari. He died on June 9, 1999 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.
Actress | C'era una volta il West
Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy ...
70. Pietro Carloni
Actor | Totò e Cleopatra
Pietro Carloni was born on October 28, 1896 in Taurisano, Puglia, Italy. He was an actor, known for Totò e Cleopatra (1963), Too Bad She's Bad (1954) and Cops and Robbers (1951). He was married to Titina De Filippo. He died on August 3, 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
71. Mario Carotenuto
Actor | Lo scopone scientifico
Mario Carotenuto was born on June 30, 1916 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for The Scopone Game (1972), Toto in Madrid (1959) and Satyricon (1969). He was married to Gabriella Cotignoli and Luisa Poselli. He died on April 14, 1995 in Rome.
72. Memmo Carotenuto
Actor | I soliti ignoti
Memmo Carotenuto was born on July 24, 1908 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Guglielmo Carotenuto. He was an actor and producer, known for Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), The Bigamist (1956) and La ballata dei mariti (1963). He died on December 23, 1980 in Rome.
Actor | La tenerezza
Born in Savignano Irpino, Avellino, Carpentieri studied architecture in Naples, where from 1965 to 1974 he was engaged in the organization and promotion of cultural events with the group Nuova Cultura. In 1975 he was co-founder of the stage company Teatro dei Mutamenti, in which he was active until...
Actress | Umberto D.
Maria-Pia Casilio (5 May 1935 - 10 April 2012) was an Italian film actress, best known for her roles in "Umberto D". and "Un americano a Roma". Born in San Pio delle Camere, L'Aquila, Casilio was pretty active between 1952 and 1960, usually with the typical characterization of a querulous and naive...
Actor | Non ti muovere
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 ...
79. Antonio Catania
Actor | La cena
Antonio Catania (born 22 February 1952) is an Italian actor. Born in Acireale, Catania, Antonio Catania studied acting at the Drama School of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. After the graduation he started an intense stage career, often working with Gabriele Salvatores with the stage company Compagnia...
Actress | Luce dei miei occhi
Daughter of Franco Ceccarelli, guitarist of the famous Italian group Equipe 84, started her acting career playing Stefania Sandrelli's daughter in the 1984's "Segreti secret" by Giuseppe Bertolucci. Then she frequented the Accademy of Fine Arts and worked as an illustrator. Between 1995 and 1997 ...
83. Carlo Cecchi
Actor | Stealing Beauty
Considered one of the leading figures of Italian innovation in theater, Cecchi alternates the work of stage and film actor to that of a theater director. Memorable is his performance in the drama "End of the match" by Samuel Beckett and, for the cinema, that of Renato Caccioppoli in "Morte di un ...
85. Adolfo Celi
Actor | Thunderball
Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball (1965). However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by ...
88. Gino Cervi
Actor | Don Camillo
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...
89. Andrea Checchi
Actor | La signora senza camelie
Born in Florence, Checchi appeared in over 150 films in his lengthy career, which spanned from 1934 to his death in 1974. The son of a painter, he studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Moved to Rome, he attended the acting course held by Alessandro Blasetti who gave him a ...
90. Walter Chiari
Actor | Romance
Walter Chiari was born on March 8, 1924 in Verona, Veneto, Italy as Walter Annicchiarico. He was an actor and writer, known for Romance (1986), Vanità (1947) and I cadetti di Guascogna (1950). He was married to Alida Chelli. He died on December 20, 1991 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.
Actor | In Search of the Castaways
Antonio Cifariello was born on May 19, 1930 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was an actor, known for In Search of the Castaways (1962), Le ragazze di San Frediano (1955) and Le avventure di Nicola Nickleby (1958). He was married to Patrizia Della Rovere. He died on December 12, 1968 in Lusaka, Zambia.
95. Rossella Como
Actress | 8½
Born in Rome, Como started her career at just 16 years old as a TV presenter, in the RAI show "Primo applauso". Shortly later, she made her film debut in a little but critically appreciated role in the Dino Risi's comedy film "Poveri ma belli". From then Como appeared with some frequency both as an...
96. Marina Confalone
Actress | Il vizio della speranza
She made her debut at a very young theater with Eduardo De Filippo company (remember her portrayal of Mary, the maid of the family in Cimmaruta "Le voci di dentro"), then becoming cinematic character of order. One of her best films is "Così parlò Bellavista", in which he plays the role of a ...
98. Carlo Croccolo
Actor | Una pistola per cento croci!
Carlo Croccolo was born on April 9, 1927 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He is known for his work on Gunman of One Hundred Crosses (1971), 'O re (1989) and Pulcinella, cetrulo di Acerra (1961). He was married to Daniela Cenciotti. He died on October 12, 2019 in Castel Volturno, Campania.
99. Alain Cuny
Actor | La dolce vita
Alain Cuny went to medical school with the intention of becoming a physician, but left to attend an arts school in Paris and became a painter. He entered the film industry as a costume and set designer for such directors as Alberto Cavalcanti and Jacques Feyder, all the time attending acting school...