My favorite actors from past to presentby cinemadistrada | created - 8 months ago | updated - 1 week 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. Anouk Aimée
Actress | Un homme et une femme
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 ...
7. 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 Knock-Out Cop (1978). He died on December 31, 2013 in Marcianise, Campania.
Actor | Il permesso - 48 ore fuori
Claudio Amendola was born on February 16, 1963 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Il permesso - 48 ore fuori (2017), Un'altra vita (1992) and Napoléon (2002). He has been married to Francesca Neri since December 11, 2010. They have one child. He was previously ...
10. 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 ...
12. 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.
13. 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 ...
14. 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.
15. 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 ...
16. 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 ...
17. Isa Barzizza
Actress | Figaro qua, Figaro là
Isa Barzizza was born on November 22, 1929 in Sanremo, Liguria, Italy as Luisina Fortunata Antonietta Cecilia 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 ...
20. 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), Carovana di canzoni (1955) and Rosso e nero (1954). 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.
23. 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 ...
25. Claudio Bigagli
Actor | Mediterraneo
Claudio Bigagli (Montale, December 8, 1955) is a director, actor and screenwriter Italian. Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts "Silvio D'Amico", he started the stage career with Dario Fo. He has worked with the greatest Italian actors and filmmakers of recent years, in the guise of an ...
27. 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 ...
28. Bernard Blier
Actor | L'école buissonnière
Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for L'école buissonnière (1949), Quai des Orfèvres (1947) and Manèges (1950). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, 1989 in Saint-Cloud, ...
29. Marco Bocci
Actor | Romanzo criminale - La serie
Marco Bocci was born on August 4, 1977 in Marsciano, Perugia, Umbria, Italy as Marco Bocciolini. He is an actor and director, known for Romanzo Criminale (2008), Erre 11 and Le mille e una notte: Aladino e Sherazade (2012). He has been married to Laura Chiatti since July 5, 2014. They have two ...
30. 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 ...
35. 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 ...
36. 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 ...
37. 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.
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.
44. 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 ...
45. 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 ...
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 ...
51. Pietro Carloni
Actor | Totò e Cleopatra
Pietro Carloni was born on October 28, 1896 in Taurisano, Puglia, Italy. He was an actor, known for Toto and Cleopatra (1963), Too Bad She's Bad (1954) and Susanna tutta panna (1957). He was married to Titina De Filippo. He died on August 3, 1968 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
53. 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 | 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 ...
60. 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 | La vita che vorrei
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 ...
64. Carlo Cecchi
Actor | Le violon rouge
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 ...
66. 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 ...
69. 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...
70. 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 ...
71. 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.
75. Marina Confalone
Actress | La parola amore esiste
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 ...
77. 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...
Writer | Napoli milionaria
Coming from a show-business family (his father Eduardo Scarpetta was a famous stage actor), Eduardo de Filippo made his stage debut at age 5 playing the role of "Peppiniello" in his father's comedy "Miseria e Nobiltà". At 32 he formed his own stage company with his brother Peppino de Filippo and ...
Actor | Luci del varietà
Born in Naples in 1903, Peppino De Filippo debuted at the age of 6 in Scarpetta's 'Miseria e Nobilta' in Rome. He studied the piano and went away to college for two years. During WWI, back in Naples, he joined Scarpetta's company 'Molinari', and it was here that he met Totò. At 22, he joined the ...
Writer | Due soldi di speranza
Titina De Filippo was born on March 23, 1898 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Annunziata Passarelli. She was an actress and writer, known for Two Cents Worth of Hope (1952), Filumena Marturano (1951) and Napoli, sole mio! (1958). She was married to Pietro Carloni. She died on December 26, 1963 in Rome...
86. Louis de Funès
Actor | Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob
Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction.
87. Fabio De Luigi
Fabio De Luigi is one of the most successful comic actors of the last years in Italy. His success began when he entered in the cast of the comic show of the Gialappa's Band. Then, he gave life to some funny and now famous characters such as the proud actor Orso Maria Wilson, the little detestable ...
89. 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 ...
90. Pietro De Vico
Actor | Il gladiatore di Roma
Pietro De Vico was born on February 1, 1911 in Naples, Italy. He was an actor, known for Gladiator of Rome (1962), I marziani hanno 12 mani (1964) and A sud niente di nuovo (1957). He was married to Anna Campori. He died on December 10, 1999 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.
91. Alain Delon
Actor | Le samouraï
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being ...
Actor | Regalo di Natale
Carlo delle Piane was chosen for the role of Garuffi in Cuore, for his particular face, expecially for his nose deformed by a ball, worked in many films with the most important Italian directors and actors like Sordi, Toto, Fabrizi etc., but as he was forced to repeat the same character, it began ...
Actress | 8 femmes
Catherine Fabienne Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue (1963). But her breakthrough ...
95. Johnny Dorelli
Actor | State buoni se potete
Very talented Italian actor, his career has been characterized by his calm and clever style. Also a famous composer and singer, his most important sucesses were "Aggiungi un posto a tavola" and "Lettera a Pinocchio", but he demonstrates his acting talent especially in the theater in many Italian ...
96. 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 (...
98. 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...