Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross was an Italian film actor. His honours included British Film Academy Awards, Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, a small village in the Apennines in the province of Frosinone and grew up in Turin and Rome. He was the son of Ida and Ottone Mastroianni, who ran a shop. During World War II, after the division into Axis and Allied Italy, he was interned in a loosely guarded German prison camp, from which he escaped to hide in Venice. Mastroianni made his debut as an uncredited extra in Marionette when he was fourteen. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, for Divorce Italian Style, A Special Day and Dark Eyes, Dean Stockwell and Jack Lemmon are the only actors to have been twice awarded the Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Mastroianni won it in 1970 for The Pizza Triangle and in 1987 for Dark Eyes, Mastroianni starred alongside his daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, in Raúl Ruizs Three Lives and Only One Death in 1996.
For this performance he won the Silver Wave Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and his final film, Voyage to the Beginning of the World, was released posthumously. Mastroianni married Flora Carabella on August 12,1950 and they had one daughter together, but eventually separated because of his affairs with younger women. Mastroiannis first serious relationship after the separation was with Faye Dunaway, Dunaway wanted to marry and have children, but Mastroianni, a Catholic, refused to divorce Carabella. In 1971, after three years of waiting for Mastroianni to change his mind, Dunaway left him, Mastroianni had a daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, with French actress Catherine Deneuve, who was nearly 20 years his junior and lived with him for four years in the 1970s. During that time, the couple made four movies together, It Only Happens to Others, La cagna, A Slightly Pregnant Man, according to People magazine, Mastroiannis other lovers included actresses Anouk Aimee, Ursula Andress, Claudia Cardinale and Lauren Hutton.
Around 1976, he involved with Anna Maria Tatò, an author. They remained together until his death, Mastroianni died of pancreatic cancer on 19 December 1996 at the age of 72. Both of his daughters, as well as Deneuve and Tatò, were at his bedside, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, associated with his role in Fellinis La Dolce Vita, was symbolically turned off and draped in black as a tribute. At the 1997 Venice Film Festival, Chiara and Deneuve tried to block the screening of Tatòs four-hour documentary, Marcello Mastroianni, the festival refused and the movie was shown. The three women reportedly tried to do the thing at Cannes. Tatò said Mastroianni had willed her all rights to his image. com
Andrea Checchi was a prolific Italian film actor. Born in Florence, Checchi appeared in over 150 films in his lengthy career, the son of a painter, he studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Moved to Rome, he attended the course held by Alessandro Blasetti who gave him a small role in 1860. After graduating at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, he had his first role of weight in the 1940 historical drama film Lassedio di Alcazar by Augusto Genina. In 1958, he won the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Award for best supporting actor for his performance in the film Parola di ladro. In 1971, he starred with Giancarlo Giannini in E le stelle stanno a guardare, an adaptation of A. J. Cronins novel, The Stars Look Down
Vittorio Mezzogiorno was an Italian actor. Mezzogiorno was born in Cercola, the youngest of seven children and his older brother Vincenzo, who wanted to become a director, introduced him to the theatre. At 18, Mezzogiorno enrolled at the university and began medical studies before choosing law, he had his first experience as an actor at the Teatro S. theatre where he recited texts by Samuel Beckett and Eugène Ionesco. Desiring to improve his diction he spent long nights exercising his voice with extracts of the Penal Code, in 1962, at age 21, he played Estragon in Waiting for Godot at the Piccolo Teatro of Naples. In 1966–1967, he joined the troupe of Eduardo De Filippo, in 1969, he met actress Cecilia Sacchi. Their collaboration quickly turned to a relationship and they were married on 14 October 1972. On 9 November 1974, their only child Giovanna Mezzogiorno, who became an actress, was born. The family settled in Rome where Mezzogiorno fully dedicated himself to the theatre, more than ten hours of entertainment, a year of rehearsals, six months of training in martial arts, the challenge of Peter Brooks Mahabharata, transcription of the long epic of Hindu mythology.
Mezzogiorno was Arjuna, the son of Indra and it was first performed at the Boulbon Quarry in 1985 at the Festival dAvignon and lasted all night. After a show at the Bouffes du Nord, it went on tour until the end of 1986, the Mahabharata in English was back on the road in 1988, Los Angeles, New York, Adelaide, Copenhagen and finally Tokyo. In 1989, the adaptation was produced. In all, Mezzogiorno has played Arjuna for 6 years on 4 continents, in 1990, Vittorio Mezzogiorno returned to Italy and settled in Milan. He became a star of the screen by interpreting the Commissioner Davide Licata in the series La piovra which deals with the Mafia. In 1992, he played with his wife at the Teatro Stabile di Parma and this was to be his last appearances. He died of cancer in Milan at the age of 52
Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian actor, comedian and director. He co-wrote and acted in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful, which garnered him the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He portrayed Inspector Clouseaus son in Son of the Pink Panther and has collaborated with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch in three of his films, Down by Law, Night on Earth and Coffee and Cigarettes. Benigni was born in Manciano La Misericordia, the son of Isolina Papini, a maker, and Luigi Benigni, a bricklayer, carpenter. He was raised Catholic and served as a boy, he still considers himself a believer. His first experiences as an actor took place in 1971. During that autumn he moved to Rome where he took part in experimental theatre shows. In 1975, Benigni had his first theatrical success with Cioni Mario di Gaspare fu Giulia, written by Giuseppe Bertolucci. Benigni became famous in Italy in the 1970s for a series called Onda Libera, on RAI2, produced by Renzo Arbore.
A great scandal for the time, the series was suspended due to censorship and his first film was 1977s Berlinguer, I Love You, by Bertolucci. His popularity increased with Laltra domenica, another TV show of Arbores in which Benigni portrayed a film critic who never watches the films hes asked to review. Bernardo Bertolucci cast him in a speechless role as a window upholsterer in the film La Luna which had limited American distribution due to its subject matter. In 1980 he met Cesenate actress Nicoletta Braschi, who was to become his wife and it was an unprecedented act, given that until that moment Italian politicians were proverbially serious and formal. Benigni was censored again in the 1980s for calling Pope John Paul II something impolite during an important live TV show, Benignis first film as director was Tu mi turbi in 1983. This film was his first collaboration with Braschi, in 1984, he played in Non ci resta che piangere with comic actor Massimo Troisi. The story was a fable in which the protagonists are suddenly back in time to the 15th century.
They start looking for Christopher Columbus in order to him from discovering the Americas. Beginning in 1986, Benigni starred in three films by American director Jim Jarmusch, in Down By Law he played Bob, an innocent foreigner living in the United States, convicted of manslaughter, whose irrepressible good humour and optimism help him to escape and find love
Leonardo Pieraccioni is an Italian film director, actor and screenwriter. Born in Florence, he made his debut on Italian TV in 1995. His most successful film so far has been 1996s The Cyclone, a writer of short stories, his books include, alta, Tre mucche in cucina and A un passo dal cielo. Pieraccioni has starred with Suzie Kennedy, the impersonator of Marilyn Monroe, in I & Marilyn
Stefano Lelio Beniamino Accorsi is an Italian actor. He graduated from Bolognas Theatrical School in 1993, and acted in the theatre for several years before moving to cinema, in 1995 he played the lead in Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo, one of his best known films. In 1998 he worked with Daniele Luchetti in I Piccoli Maestri, in the same year he won three prizes for his role in Radiofreccia, directed by rock star Luciano Ligabue, including David di Donatello for Best Actor. He was the lead in the successful film Lultimo bacio and he won the leading role in Maria de Medeiros’ Capitães de Abril, and has worked with director Nanni Moretti in The Sons Room. In 2001, Accorsi had the role in Ferzan Özpeteks Le fate ignoranti. This film was a big success in Italy and in Turkey, and Accorsi and he starred in David Blairs Tabloid TV and in Marco Pontis Santa Maradona. Then Accorsi acted in the TV film Il giovane Casanova by Giacomo Battiato and he didnt make any more films for about a year, during which time he went to France.
He went to the Venice International Film Festival 2003 as a member of the jury, in 2004 he shot two movies, Ovunque sei, directed by Michele Placido, where he plays the role of an emergency care doctor, and Lamore ritrovato, directed by Carlo Mazzacurati. Accorsi works with Diane Kruger in Les Brigades du Tigre and with Julie Depardieu in La Faute à Fidel and he acts in Un baiser sil vous plaît in 2007 and its sequel Baciami ancora in 2010. Accorsi was engaged to Corsican supermodel Laetitia Casta and they have one son and one daughter together, born on 21 September 2006 and Athena, born on 29 August 2009. Fratelli e sorelle Un Posto Voci notturne Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo La mia generazione Vesna va veloce Naja I piccoli maestri Radiofreccia Più leggero non basta Ormai è fatta
Michele Placido is an Italian actor and director. He is best known for the role of Corrado Cattani in the TV series La Piovra, Placido was born at Ascoli Satriano, into a poor family from Rionero in Vulture, Basilicata, he is a descendant of the known brigand Carmine Crocco. Placido had a number of jobs since his youth and he studied acting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, and with Silvio DAmico at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. He made his debut as an actor in the play Midsummers Night Dream in 1969 and his first success came with the role of soldier Paolo Passeri in Marcia trionfale, for which he won a David di Donatello. Two years he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor award at the 29th Berlin International Film Festival for his role of the worker in ironical melodrama Ernesto. He went on to play the part in the subsequent three series, until his characters assassination. In 2008, in a reversal of roles, he portrayed longtime Mafia boss Bernardo Provenzano in the TV movie Lultimo padrino, a recognizable role to US audiences is that of an Italian businessman in the 1988 comedy Big Business.
Until a divorce in 1994, he was married to actress Simonetta Stefanelli and their daughter Violante Placido is an actress
Alessandro Haber is an Italian actor, film director and singer. Haber was born in Bologna in a Jewish family of mixed ancestry and his movie debut was in 1967 with La Cina è vicina by Marco Bellocchio. His first leading role was in Pupi Avatis Regalo di Natale, Haber directed his only movie in 2003 with Scacco pazzo. He has been touring theatres since 2006 with Tango damore e di coltelli, with music by Ástor Piazzolla and he has won three Nastro dArgento, one David di Donatello, one Premio Gassman, one Premio IDI and one theatre critics award. As a singer, he has released three albums, Qualcosa da dichiarare and Il sogno di un uomo and his greatest success was the single La valigia dellattore, written for him by Francesco De Gregori. In June,2011 Haber attempted to kiss actress Lucia Lavia onstage during a rehearsal for Othello at the Teatro Romano di Verona and she responded by slapping him and he immediately slapped her back while accusing her of being cold. After the intervention of both their lawyers, the theater forced Haber to leave the production and he was replaced by Franco Branciaroli,1967 - La Cina è vicina 1970 - Il Conformista 1971 - Lover of the Great Bear 1972 - Chi lha vista morire
Silvio Orlando is an Italian actor. He worked with numerous Italian directors such as Nanni Moretti, Daniele Luchetti, Carlo Mazzacurati, Gabriele Salvatores and he took part in several TV series. Orlando in 1988 directed two works written by Peppino De Filippo, Don Rafelo o trumbone and Cupido scherza e spazza. In 2008 he was protagonist of Roberto Paci Dalòs play Lassedio delle ceneri
Amedeo Nazzari was an Italian actor. Nazzari was one of the figures of Italian classic cinema. Although he emerged as a star during the Fascist era, Nazzaris popularity continued well into the post-war years, although Salvatore Amedeo eventually moved to Rome, he always retained a slight trace of his native Sardinian accent. While Nazzari was keen on gaining film contracts much of his experience was in the theatre. He entered a contest organised by Twentieth Century Fox to find an Italian actor to fill the boots of the recently deceased screen star Rudolph Valentino, but lost out to Alberto Rabagliati. He was rejected after screen tests by Italian professionals, who found him too tall, Nazzari made his debut in Ginevra degli Almieri, following a recommendation from Elsa Merlini. His first read role came with the 1936 film Cavalry, and his breakthrough came with the 1938 film Luciano Serra, Pilot where he played a First World War veteran who returns to fight for Italy during the Abyssinian War.
Nazzari was transformed into an idol, the most bankable star of Italian cinema. Following the film, Nazzari was invited to join the Fascist Party by Benito Mussolini, I would prefer not to concern myself with politics, occupied as I am with more pressing artistic commitments. Despite declining to join the party Nazzari, along with a handful of other such as Fosco Giachetti, was considered the model of a Male Hero. Most of his roles from this point present him as a masculine figure. His emergence as a star coincided with a drive by the Italian government to rebuild the countrys film industry which had declined since its heyday in the silent era. This policy involved large-scale government funding of films and the construction of the massive Cinecittà studio complex in Rome, the number of films produced each year climbed rapidly, with Nazarri a particularly prolific actor. Nazzari was almost always cast as a hero, and he closely protected his public persona to avoid any negative roles. An exception was the historical comedy-drama film The Jesters Supper in which he plays a loutish figure, Nazzari made four films with Alida Valli, including Unjustified Absence.
Following Italys entry into the Second World War in 1940, he combined romances and comedies, amongst the more political was Bengasi, an anti-British war film set in Libya. Nazzari portrays an Italian patriot who masquerades as a collaborator with the British occupiers of Bengazi in order to steal their battle plans and it was the only time he featured alongside the other great male star of the era, Fosco Giachetti. Star of Italian cinema during the 40s and 50s and he made several melodramas with Raffaello Matarazzo, such as Catene in 1949