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Top 50 Most Popular Italian Actors Of All Time

AishwaryaAishwarya-Posted May 30, 2022


Most Popular Italian Actors

 

Throughout history, Italians contributed greatly to music, literature, science, cuisine, culture, and civilization. They have been the seat of power till the sixteenth century.

 

Due to this long period of influence, Italians have left a strong impression on many cultures around the world.

 

After the world wars ended, the power and influence of Italy waned. Although they still have a rich and varied culture, owing to financial and political upheavals, culture and arts have taken a back seat.

 

Many Italian families migrated to countries like America, Britain, Canada, etc., and settled there for livelihood. Despite being transplanted from their homeland, Italians have retained their talent for arts and performances.

 

This can be seen in the number of great Italian actors in movies across Europe and America. We have many actors of Italian heritage and ancestry who are ruling the roost in Hollywood.

 

With this list today, ENTOIN will give you a look at all the great Italian acting talents currently working in movies.

 

Here is a list of the 50 most-popular Italian actors in Hollywood currently and a few yesteryear heroes who shone brightly in their heydays.

 

Hope you enjoy reading it and find the list interesting.

 

 

50. Pete Davidson

 

Pete Davidson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 16, 1993
Place of Birth Staten Island, New York, USA
Height 1.9 m
Debut year 2013
Debut Movie/ TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

Pete Davidson has German, Irish, and Italian heritage in his family. He is an actor, comedian, and writer who is famous for his work on Saturday Night Live.

 

He joined the sketch comedy show in 2014 as a cast member and comedy writer and worked for eight seasons.

 

Pete Davidson wrote and starred in his film King of Staten Island and worked in black comedy Bodies Bodies Bodies, Suicide Squad, Marmaduke, etc.

 

In TV he had guest roles in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Friends of the People, Guy Code, Wild n Out, etc.

 

 

49. Lorenzo Balducci

 

Lorenzo Balducci

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 4, 1982
Place of Birth Rome, Lazio, Italy
Height Unknown
Debut year 2001
Debut Movie/ TV series The Knights of the Quest

 

Lorenzo Balducci was born in Italy and began training in acting at the age of 14 years. He worked in theater plays, mostly Shakespeare’s plays, during his early days.

 

He began with Romeo and Juliet, and he continued to work in Dignità autonome di prostituzione, Spoglia-Toy, Allegro, Non Troppo, etc.

 

Balducci’s film and television roles include Questo Amore, 48 ore, Giorni de Leone and its second season, Le Cose che Restano, The Knights of the Quest, Incanto, Three Steps Over Heaven, Gas, Ce n'è per tutti, etc.

 

 

48. Justin Baldoni

 

Justin Baldoni

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 24, 1984
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 2004
Debut Movie/ TV series The Young and the Restless

 

Justin Baldoni was not very keen on acting. He was an athlete who played soccer and ran track. Based on the advice of a new neighbor, Baldoni decided to try acting and enrolled in college.

 

Although he dropped out midways, Baldoni continued his interest in acting and became a filmmaker. Baldoni is recognized for his role as Rafael Solano in Jane The Virgin.

 

He also acted and made the films Clouds, Five Feet Apart, After Dusk They Come, Con Man, Everwood, The Bold and Beautiful, Single Ladies, Madame Secretary, etc.

 

 

47. Peter Facinelli

 

Peter Facinelli

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 26, 1973
Place of Birth Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.8 m
Debut year 1995
Debut Movie/ TV series Angela

 

Peter Facinelli is the son of Italian immigrant parents. He studied acting at New York University and Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.

 

He worked in supporting roles and guest roles in films and TV series. Facinelli starred in Angela, An Unfinished Affair, Calm at Sunset, Riding in the Car with Boys, Supernova, Scorpion King, etc.

 

The role that garnered fame for Facinelli was in Can’t Hardly Wait, the TV series Fastlane, and the successful hit franchise of The Twilight Saga, Nurse Jackie, Supergirl, etc.

 

 

46. John Cena

 

John Cena

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 23, 1977
Place of Birth West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA
Height 1.84 m
Debut year 2000
Debut Movie/ TV series The Marine

 

John Cena is a professional wrestler and actor. He is a highly regarded WWE wrestler with a record number of championship reigns.

 

He is tied with Ric Flair for the number of championship reigns in professional wrestling history. John Cena began his acting career in 2000 with a role in the action film The Marine.

 

He stars mostly in action flicks and comedy movies, including The Suicide Squad, Ferdinand, Blockers, F9 (Fast and Furious saga), etc.

 

 

45. Joe Manganiello

 

Joe Manganiello

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 28, 1976
Place of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 1.96 m
Debut year 1999
Debut Movie/ TV series Out of Courage 2: Out for Vengeance

 

Joe Manganiello was heavily into sports during his high school years. He played football, basketball, and volleyball at the varsity level, but a spate of injuries kept him away from sports.

 

So Manganiello took up his next greatest love for acting and joined Carnegie Mellon University to study drama. After graduating, he worked in Sam Raimi's Spider-man as Flash Thompson.

 

His most popular work was as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux in the series Trueblood. Manganiello’s other notable roles are in Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Sabotage, How I Met Your Mother, etc.

 

 

44. Zachary Quinto

 

Zachary Quinto

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 2, 1977
Place of Birth Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 2000
Debut Movie/ TV series The Others

 

Zachary Quinto is of Italian heritage from his father’s side. He realized he had a flair for drama and enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University’s arts program.

 

He worked in many TV series in recurring and supporting roles in The Others, Charmed, Touched By An Angel, etc.

 

The role that brought recognition to Quinto was that of Spock in the Star Trek reboot film franchise. He reprised the role in two other Star Trek movies.

 

He also starred in Heroes, NOS4A2, American Horror Story, Margin Call, Hitman: Agent 47, What’s Your Number? etc.

 

 

43. Michael Cera

 

Michael Cera

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 7, 1988
Place of Birth Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1999
Debut Movie/ TV series Twice in a Lifetime

 

Michael Cera is an actor of Sicilian ancestry from his father’s family. He developed a love for acting after watching Ghostbusters.

 

Cera is known for his various comedy roles in hit films and TV series. He also did voice acting in animated TV series.

 

Michael Cera’s acting credits include Superbad, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Juno, Arrested Development, This is The End, Sausage Party, The Lego Batman movies, etc.

 

Cera also worked in Broadway plays and has received a Tony award nomination for Lobby Hero.

 

 

42. Scott Baio

 

Scott Baio

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 22, 1960
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height 1.79 m
Debut year 1976
Debut Movie/ TV series Bugsy Malone

 

Scott Baio is best known for his role as Chachi Arcola in the sitcom Happy Days. Baio is the son of Italian immigrant parents, and his cousins Jimmy Baio and Chris Baio are also in show business.

 

Scott Baio debuted with the title role in the musical Bugsy Malone. Later, Baio worked in TV sitcoms like Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi, Charles In-charge, Diagnosis Murder, See Dad Run, etc.

 

He also worked as a director in Charles In Charge, The Wayan Bros., The Jamie Foxx Show,  Out of This World, etc.

 

 

41. Tony Bennett

 

Tony Bennett

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 3, 1926
Place of Birth Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.71 m
Debut year 1959
Debut Movie/ TV series The Danny Thomas Show

 

Anthony Dominick Benedetto is the birth name of Tony Bennett. He is the son of Italian immigrant parents and joined the army during the last months of World War II.

 

After the war ended, Bennett signed a deal with Columbia records to sing, and his signature style was traditional pop, jazz, and show tunes.

 

Although his music career was flourishing, Bennett also starred in TV series and films. He played guest roles and cameo performances.

 

He was cast in Muppets Most Wanted, The Oscar, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Blue Bloods, Entourage, Analyze This, etc.

 

 

40. Giulio Berruti

 

Giulio Berruti

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 27, 1984
Place of Birth Rome, Lazio, Italy
Height 1.9 m
Debut year 2003
Debut Movie/ TV series The Lizzie McGuire Movie

 

Giulio Berruti is an Italian model and actor. He was studying Dentistry in Italy when he was offered a chance to become a model due to his height.

 

Thus began his modeling career, and he walked the ramp in many fashion shows. In 2003, Berruti began to steer toward acting as a career and appeared in Tv series and films like The Lizzie McGuire Movie, La figlia di Elisa – Ritorno a Rivombrosa, Black Arrow, Angeli & Diamanti, Melissa P, Monte Carlo, Walking on Sunshine, Gabriel’s Inferno, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, etc.

 

 

39. Stefano Accorsi

 

Stefano Accorsi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 2, 1971
Place of Birth Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Height 1.78 m
Debut year 1992
Debut Movie/ TV series Fratelli e sorelle

 

Stefano Accorsi is an Italian actor. He graduated from Bologna’s Theatrical School and began work in theater plays. After many years of stage plays, he made his silver screen debut with Fratelli e Sorelle, an Italian movie.

 

Accorsi gained fame and accolades for his work in the film Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo. He also starred in award-winning and nominated movies like I Piccoli Maestri, Radiofreccia, Le fate ignoranti, Un viaggio chiamato amore, L'ultimo bacio, etc.

 

 

38. Nick Jonas

 

Nick Jonas

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 16, 1992
Place of Birth Dallas, Texas, USA
Height 1.67 m
Debut year 2008
Debut Movie/ TV series Camp Rock

 

Nick Jonas is a singer, songwriter, and actor. He has Sicilian - Italian heritage from his great grandfather. Jonas was part of the hit American boyband, Jonas Brothers.

 

They released several studio albums and singles and won Grammy awards. Jonas appeared in the Disney show Camp Rock, its sequel, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, and Jonas before 2010.

 

Later, he went back to concentrating on his music career. In 2017, Nick Jonas made a comeback with  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, etc.

 

 

37. David Boreanaz

 

David Boreanaz

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 16, 1969
Place of Birth Buffalo, New York, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1993
Debut Movie/ TV series Aspen Extreme

 

David Boreanaz is an actor, director, and producer of Italian- Slovenian descent. He became famous as the vampire Angel in the WB/UPN supernatural series Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.

 

Boreanaz was given his own spinoff show and reprised the role in the series Angel. Boreanaz starred in other successful TV series like FOX comedy-drama Bones, CBS military drama SEAL Team, Valentine, Justice League: The New Frontier (Video), Officer Down, The Mighty Macs, etc. he also appeared in the music video of Dido for the song, White Flag.

 

 

36. Peter Capaldi

 

Peter Capaldi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 14, 1958
Place of Birth Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1982
Debut Movie/ TV series Living Apart Together

 

Peter Capaldi is a Scottish actor and director of Italian ancestry. He is well-known for his role as the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor from the hit British sci-fi series Doctor Who.

 

He has won many accolades, including four BAFTA nominations, a BAFTA award, and an Academy Award for Best live-action Short film.

 

Capaldi worked as an actor and director in prominent projects like Doctor Who, The Thick of It, In The Loop, Franz Kafka’s It's a Wonderful Life, Strictly Sinatra, Getting On, Paddington, Paddington 2, Christopher Robin, The Suicide Squad, etc.

 

 

35. Tony Danza

 

Tony Danza

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 21, 1951
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1978
Debut Movie/ TV series Fast Lane Blues

 

Anthony Salvatore Iadanza shortened his name to Tony Danza. He is an American actor of Italian Sicilian ancestry as both his parents are from Italy.

 

He got recognition for his role in the award-winning TV series Taxi. Danza continued his work with TV sitcoms like Who’s The Boss, The Tony Danza Show, Family Law, There's…Johnny, Hudson Street, The Practice, etc.

 

He acted in the films Angels in the Outfield, Don Jon, Cloud 9, Crash, Stealing Christmas, etc.

 

 

34. Omero Antonutti

 

Omero Antonutti

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 3, 1935
Place of Birth Basiliano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Height Unknown
Debut year 1966
Debut Movie/ TV series Schwarzer Markt der Liebe

 

Omero Antonutti was a well-respected Italian actor and voice actor. He worked in a shipping yard before he decided to take acting as a profession.

 

He worked at Italian theaters like Teatro Stabile di Trieste and at the Teatro Stabile di Genova. In 1966, Antonutti made his screen debut and appeared in several Italian films like Pleasant Nights, El Sur, Padre Padrone, El Dorado, and Genesis: The Creation and the Flood.

 

He also had a long career as a voice actor and did dubbing for great actors like Christopher Lee, James Cromwell, Christopher Plummer, Robert Duvall, etc.

 

 

33. Giancarlo Giannini

 

Giancarlo Giannini

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 1, 1942
Place of Birth La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1965
Debut Movie/ TV series Libido

 

Giancarlo Giannini is an Italian actor, screenwriter, and director. He graduated from Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico.

 

After that, he began his stage career with Shakespearean plays. He debuted in films in 1965 and played his first lead role in Rita the Mosquito.

 

The memorable performances of Giannini are in The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, Swept Away, Seven Beauties, The Innocent, Lili Marleen, New York Stories, A Walk in the Clouds, Man on Fire, Quantum of Solace, etc.

 

He earned an Academy Award nomination and won five David di Donatello Awards.

 

 

32. Vittorio De Sica

 

Vittorio De Sica

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 7, 1901
Place of Birth Sora, Lazio, Italy
Height 1.76 m
Debut year 1917
Debut Movie/ TV series The Clemenceau Affair

 

Vittorio De Sica was the most respected and highly acclaimed name in Italian cinema. He has long since passed away, yet his legacy is unparalleled.

 

He was an actor, director, and filmmaker. Fout of his films won Academy Awards in different categories, and he was also nominated for an Oscar for best actor for A Farewell to Arms.

 

The most recognized works of De Sica are  Sciuscià, Bicycle Thieves, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Il Giardino Dei Finzi Contini, The Gold of Naples, Umberto D. Il Generale Della Rovere, Storia dei Fratelli e de cortelli, etc.

 

 

31. Armand Assante

 

Armand Assante

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 4, 1949
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.78 m
Debut year 1974
Debut Movie/ TV series The Lords of Flatbush

 

Armand Assante is an American actor of Italian heritage. He is most remembered for his role as the mafia boss, John Gotti, in the TV film Gotti.

 

Assante portrayed the real-life mob boss of the Gambino family and won a Primetime Emmy for his portrayal. The role also earned him a nomination for Golden Globe Award and a SAG award.

 

Assante was cast in TV series and films like How to Survive a Marriage, The Lords of Flatbush, The Odyssey, When Nietzsche Wept, I, the Jury, The Mambo Kings, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Judge Dredd, NCIS, Chuck, etc.

 

 

30. Michael Badalucco

 

Michael Badalucco

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 20, 1954
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1980
Debut Movie/ TV series Raging Bull

 

Michael Badalucco is an Italian American actor. He attended the State University of New York in New Paltz. After that, he worked in supporting roles in several films and television series.

 

Badalucco won a Primetime Emmy for his role as the attorney, Jimmy Berluti, in The Practice. Badalucco debuted in the film Raging Bull and worked in Desperately Seeking Susan, Miller's Crossing, Jungle Fever, Mac, Léon: The Professional, Summer of Sam, O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Man Who Wasn’t There, You’ve Got Mail, etc.

 

 

29. Raoul Bova

 

Raoul Bova

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 14, 1971
Place of Birth Rome, Lazio, Italy
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1992
Debut Movie/ TV series Quando eravamo repressi

 

Raoul Bova is an Italian actor. He was a champion swimmer during school days and joined the Italian Armed Forces after school.

 

While there, he trained to be a sharpshooter; after his tour, Bova came back to begin his acting career.

 

His first role was an uncredited appearance in Quando Eravamo Repressi. Later, Bova starred in Pretty Princess, Palermo-Milan One Way, The Border, Rewind, The Knights of The Quest, facing Windows, Avenging Angelo, Under The Tuscan Sun, Aliens vs. Predators, The Tourist, Bolt, Hercules, The Family Guy, The Addams Family, etc.

 

 

28. Milo Ventimiglia

 

Milo Ventimiglia

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 8, 1977
Place of Birth Anaheim, California, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1995
Debut Movie/ TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

 

Milo Ventimiglia is the son of Peter Ventimiglia, a Vietnam War veteran of Italian-Sicilian descent. He became interested in acting and attended the American Conservatory Theater.

 

He graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a theater major. Ventimiglia starred in the TV series Opposite Sex, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, American Dreams, The Bedford Diaries, Mob City, Chosen, The Whispers, This Is Us, etc.

 

His film roles include Rocky Balboa, Creed II, Pathology, That's My Boy, Kiss of the Damned, Grace of Monaco, Devil's Gate, The Art of Racing in the Rain, etc.

 

 

27. Nino Manfredi

 

Nino Manfredi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 22, 1921
Place of Birth Castro dei Volsci, Lazio, Italy
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1949
Debut Movie/ TV series Monastero di Santa Chiara

 

Saturnino ‘Nino’ Manfredi was called one of the few truly complete actors in Italian cinema. He has worked in every role in media, from acting, directing, singing, and screenwriting to radio and television presenting, etc.

 

He won six David di Donatello awards, six Nastro d'Argento awards and the Prix de la première oeuvre for his films.

 

Some of the most memorable performances of Manfredi have been in Between Miracles, Bread and Chocolate, Cafe Express, The Conspirators, In nome del papa re, Attenti al Buffone, Nell'anno del Signore, etc.

 

 

26. Alberto Sordi

 

Alberto Sordi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 15, 1920
Place of Birth Rome, Lazio, Italy
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1937
Debut Movie/ TV series Scipione l'africano

 

Alberto Sordi was an acclaimed Italian actor, singer, writer, and director. He has written screenplays for over forty films and directed many projects.

 

He had a thick roman accent, and it became his distinctive trademark. Some of the most memorable films of Sordi include Io e Caterina, Tutti a Casa, I Vitelloni, Io so che tu sai che io so, Under The Sun of Rome, Il seduttore, To Bed or Not to Bed, Detenuto in attesa di giudizio, I Know that You Know That I Know, etc.

 

 

25. Jon Favreau

 

Jon Favreau

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 19, 1966
Place of Birth Queens, New York, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1992
Debut Movie/ TV series Folks!

 

Jon Favreau is an actor, director, and producer. He was also a comedian, and he dropped out of college to move to Chicago to join the ImprovOlympics and the Improv Institute.

 

He joined acting and worked on comedy roles in Rudy, Deep Impact, The Replacements, Couples Retreat, The Break-up, etc.

 

Later, Favreau began to direct films and made Elf, Zathura: A Space Adventure, IronMan, Cowboys & Aliens, Chef, The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, etc.

 

He continued to act in MCU as Happy Hogan in all three Iron Man movies, all three Spider-man movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, etc.

 

 

24. Alan Alda

 

Alan Alda

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 28, 1936
Place of Birth Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1958
Debut Movie/ TV series The Phil Silvers Show

 

Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo shortened his name to Alan Alda. He is an actor and a comedian famous for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M. A. S. H. Alda’s father was an Italian actor who worked on Broadway shows and films.

 

The most notable films and TV shows by Alan Alda are The West Wing, 30 Rock, Same Time, Next Year, The Four Seasons, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Flirting with Disaster, Bridge of Spies, Marriage Story, The Aviator, etc.

 

Alda was nominated for an Academy Award for Best supporting actor for The Aviator.

 

 

23. Chris Messina

 

Chris Messina

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 11, 1974
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1998
Debut Movie/ TV series Rounders

 

Christopher Messina is an actor, writer, director, and producer who was noticed for his work in the Fox TV series, The Mindy Project.

 

He won accolades for his role in the series. Messina appeared in other TV series like  Six Feet Under, Damages, Sharp Objects, The Newsroom, The Sinner, Gaslit, etc.

 

Messine starred in acclaimed films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Julie & Julia, Devil, Argo, Ruby Sparks, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Cake, Birds of Prey, I Care a Lot, etc.

 

In 2012, Messina wrote, directed, and executive produced two films, titled Fairhaven and Alex of Venice.

 

 

22. Giovanni Ribisi

 

Giovanni Ribisi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 17, 1974
Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 1.71 m
Debut year 1985
Debut Movie/ TV series Highway to Heaven

 

Giovanni Ribisi is an actor, and he is the son of the musician Albert Anthony Ribisi from the rock band People!.

 

He began acting as a child in series like My Two Dads, The New Leave It to Beaver, The Wonder Years, The Gift, etc.

 

The most-popular roles of Ribisi have been in Sneaky Pete, My Name is Earl, Friends, Saving Private Ryan, Avatar, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Lost in Translation, Cold Mountain, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Ted, Selma, etc.

 

He is set to reprise his role from Avatar in the upcoming sequel.

 

 

21. John Travolta

 

John Travolta

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 18, 1954
Place of Birth Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1972
Debut Movie/ TV series Emergency!

 

John Travolta has Sicilian and Irish ancestry, and he followed his mother to join the acting profession. He is also a singer, and he made his acting debut in the musical play Grease and the broadway show Over Here!.

 

While working on stage, Travolta appeared in TV shows and films like Emergency and Carrie. The role that gained him recognition was in Welcome Back Kotter.

 

He starred in hit films like Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Urban Cowboy, Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Broken Arrow, Phenomenon, Face/Off, A Civil Action, Primary Colors, Hairspray, etc.

 

He received two Oscar nominations and won a Golden Globe Award.

 

 

20. Matt LeBlanc

 

Matt LeBlanc

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 25, 1967
Place of Birth Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 1987
Debut Movie/ TV series Doll Day Afternoon

 

Matt LeBlanc gained international fame with his role as Joey Tribbiani in the hit sitcom Friends. He is half Italian from his mother’s side, and this helped him play many Italian roles in TV series and films even before Friends.

 

LeBlanc also appeared in music videos for Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Alanis Morisetti, etc. After hitting superstardom with Friends, Matt LeBlanc continued to work in TV series like Joey, Episodes, Top Gear, Man With A Plan, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Web Therapy, etc.

 

He received eight Primetime Emmy nominations, seven SAG nominations, and four Golden Globe nominations. He won a SAG award and a Golden Globe.

 

 

19. Dennis Farina

 

Dennis Farina

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 29, 1944
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 1.87 m
Debut year 1981
Debut Movie/ TV series Thief

 

Dennis Farina was the son of a Sicilian doctor based in Chicago. Farina served in the army during the Vietnam war, and after he returned, he joined the police department.

 

While working as a cop, Farina was a police consultant for the director Michael Mann. This led to his debut role in Thief.

 

After retiring from the police dept, Farina worked in theater plays, films, and TV series. His most memorable roles were in Manhunter, Midnight Run, Get Shorty, Snatch, New Girl, Law & Order, Unsolved Mysteries, Luck, etc.

 

He was often cast as a mobster or a police officer.

 

 

18. Fabio Testi

 

Fabio Testi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 2, 1941
Place of Birth Verona, Veneto, Italy
Height 1.84 m
Debut year 1968
Debut Movie/ TV series Piluk, the Timid One

 

Fabio Testi is an Italian actor who grew up watching films being made. He developed an interest in movies by being on film sets and working as a stuntman in a few of them.

 

He famously worked as a stuntman in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. He got his breakthrough with Vittorio De Sica’s The Garden of the Finzi-Contini.

 

It made him a star in Italy. He continued to work in films like The Most Important Thing: Love, The Avenger: Zorro, What Have You Done to Solange? The Four of the Apocalypse… etc.

 

 

17. Joe Mantegna

 

Joe Mantegna

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 13, 1947
Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 1.82 m
Debut year 1976
Debut Movie/ TV series Medusa Challenger

 

Joe Mantegna is the son of Italian parents and grew up in Chicago. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, Mantegna worked on theater plays.

 

He worked in award-winning plays, like Hair, Glengarry Glen Rose, A Life in the Theater, etc. He won a Tony and a Joseph Jefferson Award for his theater work.

 

Joe Mantegna starred in many hit movies and TV series. His acting credits include Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III, Forget Paris, Up Close and Personal, First Monday, Joan of Arcadia, The Last Don, The Rat Pack, The Starter Wife, Criminal Minds, etc.

 

 

16. Toni Servillo

 

Toni Servillo

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 25, 1959
Place of Birth Afragola, Campania, Italy
Height 1.81 m
Debut year 1985
Debut Movie/ TV series Perfidi incanti

 

Marco Antonio Servillo shortened his name to Toni Servillo and worked as an Italian actor and theater director. He is highly regarded for his work and has won multiple David Di Donatellos, Nastro D'Argento, Venice International film festival awards, Italian Golden Globes, Rome Film Festival awards, etc.

 

The prominent films of Toni Servillo include The Great Beauty, the Consequences of Love, Il Divo, Gomorrah, The Girl in the Fog, The Hand of God, The King of Laughter, Ariaferma, Long Live Freedom, Dormant Beauty, A Quiet Life, The Girl By The Lake, etc.

 

 

15. Nicolas Cage

 

Nicolas Cage

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 7, 1964
Place of Birth Long Beach, California, USA
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1981
Debut Movie/ TV series The Best of Times

 

Nicolas Kim Coppola adopted the professional name Nicolas Cage to work as an actor and filmmaker. He hails from the prestigious Coppola family of film directors, producers, and more.

 

Cage studied theater at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and television and appeared in theater plays. Cage worked in films like Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Wild At Heart, The Rock, Con Air, Face/Off, City of Angels, Windtalkers, Lord of War, The Wicker Man, Knowing, Kick-Ass, Joe, Mandy, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Pig, etc.

 

Nicolas Cage won an Academy Award for Leaving Las Vegas and received a nomination for Adaptation.

 

 

14. Bobby Cannavale

 

Bobby Cannavale

 

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Date of Birth May 3, 1970
Place of Birth Union City, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.88 m
Debut year 1996
Debut Movie/ TV series Night Falls on Manhattan

 

Robert Michael Bobby Cannavale has Italian Cuban ancestry. He has worked as an actor in film, television, and stage plays.

 

He received two nominations for Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award. For his television work, Cannavale earned two Primetime Emmy nominations, four SAG nominations, and he won two Emmys.

 

Bobby Cannavale starred in The Station Agent, Blue Jasmine, Nurse Jackie, Boardwalk Empire, Spy, Ant-Man, I, Tonya, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Irishman, Sing 2, Mr. Robot, Vinyl, Master Of None, Will & Grace, etc.

 

 

13. Stanley Tucci

 

Stanley Tucci

 

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Date of Birth November 11, 1960
Place of Birth Peekskill, New York, USA
Height 1.72 m
Debut year 1985
Debut Movie/ TV series Prizzi's Honor

 

Stanley Tucci is an actor and filmmaker of Italian Descent. His family hails from Calabria, Italy. In 2021, he presented a six-part food and travel show called Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy and won a Primetime Emmy for it.

 

Tucci is known for his various supporting roles in award-winning films. Some of these are The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games series, Burlesque, Easy A, Margin Call Spotlight, Beauty and the Beast, Julie & Julia, Deconstructing Harry, The Terminal, Road to Perdition, etc.

 

 

12. Roberto Benigni

 

Roberto Benigni

 

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Date of Birth October 27, 1952
Place of Birth Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy
Height 1.68 m
Debut year 1972
Debut Movie/ TV series Sorelle Materassi

 

Roberto Benigni is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. He has written many Italian films and worked in Italian and English films.

 

Benigni gained international recognition for the film Life is beautiful. A film that won Academy Awards, and he wrote, directed, and acted in it.

 

The most memorable performances of Benigni have been in Berlinguer, I Love You, Down by Law, Night on Earth, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Little Devil, Johnny Stecchino, The Monster, Son of Pink Panther, The Tiger and the Snow, etc.

 

 

11. Steve Buscemi

 

Steve Buscemi

 

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Date of Birth December 13, 1957
Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.73 m
Debut year 1985
Debut Movie/ TV series The Way It Is

 

Steve Buscemi is an actor and filmmaker; his family hails from Sicily. He was a former New York City firefighter, and he went back to assist his station during the 9/11 attacks.

 

He worked with the firefighter team and raised awareness for their welfare and benefits. Buscemi is known for playing characters with many gray shades.

 

His prominent films are Reservoir Dogs, Con-Air, Desperado, Big Fish, The Death of Stalin, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Paris; Je t'aime, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, etc.

 

 

10. Steve Carell

 

Steve Carell

 

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Date of Birth August 16, 1962
Place of Birth Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1991
Debut Movie/ TV series Curly Sue

 

Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker of Italian German descent. He is famous for working in comedies, but he also starred in a few highly acclaimed dramas.

 

A few of them are Foxcatcher (earned an Oscar nomination for his role), Vice, Beautiful Boy, etc. Carell began his career as a correspondent at Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

 

Later, he began working in comedies like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Get Smart, Date Night, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Office, Despicable Me franchise, etc.

 

 

9. Sylvester Stallone

 

Sylvester Stallone

 

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Date of Birth July 6, 1946
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 1979
Debut Movie/ TV series The Square Root

 

Sylvester Stallone is most famous for his various action films and comedies. He entered Hollywood to be a scriptwriter and actor.

 

Stallone faced many rejections and hardships before tasting success with the Rocky franchise. He wrote the screenplay and performed the lead role in the film franchise.

 

Other tremendously successful films include the Rambo franchise, The Expendables films series, the Creed series, Cobra, Tango and Cash, Cliffhanger, Demolition Man, The Specialist, Escape Plan, etc.

 

Sylvester Stallone received an Oscar nomination for best actor and best screenplay for the first Rocky film in 1977.

 

 

8. Danny DeVito

 

Danny DeVito

 

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Date of Birth November 17, 1944
Place of Birth Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.47 m
Debut year 1970
Debut Movie/ TV series Dreams of Glass

 

Danny Devito is from an Italian American family, and his early aspirations were to be a beauty expert in a salon run by his sister.

 

DeVito joined the American Academy of Dramatic Arts to learn makeup artistry and hairdressing. Soon, he discovered his love for acting and switched courses.

 

DeVito started working in theater plays and made his silver screen debut. In 1975, he reprised the role of Martin from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a show he acted in.

 

Later, he starred in Taxi, Romancing the Stone, Throw Momma From the Train, Batman Returns, Get Shorty, Junior, LA Confidential, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Jumanji: The Next Level, etc.

 

 

7. Terence Hill

 

Terence Hill

 

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Date of Birth March 29, 1939
Place of Birth Venice, Kingdom of Italy
Height 1.82 m
Debut year 1953
Debut Movie/ TV series Il viale della speranza

 

Terence Hill was born in Italy, and his birth name is Mario Girotti. He began acting when he was a child when he was discovered by a director at a swimming meet.

 

Initially, he worked in supporting roles and minor appearances. Terence Hill got his first leading role in Guaglione in 1956.

 

Hill followed up his initial success with roles in spaghetti westerns and films like Lo chiamavano Trinità, continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità, Il mio nome è Nessuno, The Leopard, Watch Out We’re Mad, Porgi l'altra guancia, etc.

 

 

6. Nanni Moretti

 

Nanni Moretti

 

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Date of Birth August 19, 1953
Place of Birth Brunico, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Height 1.82 m
Debut year 1973
Debut Movie/ TV series La sconfitta

 

Giovanni ‘Nanni’ Moretti is an Italian actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He has worked on many award-winning and nominated films in Italy.

 

He won Palme d'Or in 2001, Silver Bear in 1986, Silver Lion in 1981, three David di Donatello Awards, etc.

 

Nanni Moretti’s film credits include Caro Diario, The Son’s Room, Il caimano, The Mess is Ended, Sweet Dreams, We Have a Pope, Red Wood Pigeon, Mia Madre, Three Floors, The Second Time, The Yes man, Quiet Chaos, The Last Customer, etc.

 

 

5. Joe Pesci

 

Joe Pesci

 

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Date of Birth February 9, 1943
Place of Birth Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height 1.6 m
Debut year 1961
Debut Movie/ TV series Hey, Let's Twist!

 

Joseph Frank Pesci was born to Italian parents. He worked in theater plays in New Jersey and New York from a young age and participated in the variety show Startime Kids.

 

He was also around mafia men who were many years his senior. This gave him a chance to observe and learn their mannerism.

 

Pesci was a part of The Four Seasons band and acted in low-budget films. After Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro discovered him and cast him in the Raging Bull, his luck turned.

 

Pesci starred in films like Casino, Goodfellas, The Irishman, My Cousin Vinny, The Good Shepherd, A Bronx Tale, the Home Alone franchise, Lethal Weapon franchise, etc.

 

Joe Pesci won an Academy Award and a BAFTA. He was nominated for two Academy Awards, a BAFTA, three Golden Globes, etc.

 

 

4. Mark Ruffalo

 

Mark Ruffalo

 

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Date of Birth November 22, 1967
Place of Birth Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Height 1.73 m
Debut year 1989
Debut Movie/ TV series CBS Summer Playhouse

 

Mark Alan Ruffalo is an actor and director of Italian descent. He worked in several theaters and Broadway shows before he got his film break.

 

Ruffalo was nominated for three Academy Awards, multiple BAFTAs, Primetime Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG awards, and more. His most prominent roles were in The Kids Are All Right, Foxcatcher, Spotlight, 13 going on 30, Dark Waters, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Shutter Island, etc.

 

 

3. Bradley Cooper

 

Bradley Cooper

 

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Date of Birth January 5, 1975
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height 1.85 m
Debut year 1995
Debut Movie/ TV series Sex and the City

 

Bradley Cooper has Italian heritage from his mother’s side of the family. In total, Cooper has nine Oscar nominations, four for acting, four for production, and one for the screenplay.

 

Apart from that, he has multiple other accolades like BAFTA, Golden Globe, Grammy, Tony, SAG awards, etc. Apart from producing critically acclaimed films like A Star is Born, American Sniper, Joker, Nightmare Alley, etc.

 

He also acted in those films and American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, Licorice Pizza, Guardians of the Galaxy, its sequels, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers End Game, etc.

 

 

2. Robert De Niro

 

Robert De Niro

 

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Date of Birth August 17, 1943
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 1965
Debut Movie/ TV series Three Rooms in Manhattan

 

Robert De Niro is a well-respected film actor, director, and producer. He has garnered eight Academy Award nominations (winning two), seven BAFTA nominations (eleven Golden Globe nominations (winning two), four Primetime Emmy nominations, and more.

 

De Niro often collaborated with Martin Scorsese in hit films like Raging Bull, Casino, Goodfellas, The Irishman, etc. He also worked in other award-winning films like The Deer Hunter, Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, Awakenings, Cape Fear, Silver Linings Playbook, Midnight Run, Wag the Dog, Analyze This, Meet The Parents, etc.

 

 

1. Al Pacino

 

Al Pacino

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 25, 1940
Place of Birth East Harlem, New York, United States
Height 1.67 m
Debut year 1968
Debut Movie/ TV series N.Y.P.D

 

Al Pacino is a highly respected and esteemed actor from the Italian-American community. His mother and grandparents were from Italy, and after their death, Pacino used his acting job to get over the sorrow.

 

He has nine Academy award nominations (one win), three BAFTA nominations (one win), three Primetime Emmy nominations (two wins), etc.

 

Al Pacino starred in such great films as the Godfather series, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice For All, Serpico, Glengarry Glen Ross, Scent of a Woman, The Irishman, Scarface, Dick Tracy, Bobby Deerfield, Author! Author!, Sea Of Love, Phil Spector, Angels in America, Danny Collins, etc.

 

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