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List of famous people from Sicily, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Sicily, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Sicily you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Sicily, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Carmelo Di Bella and Giuseppe Vasi are included on this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Sicily?" or "Which celebrities were born in Sicily?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Giovanni Falcone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Giovanni Falcone Died at 53 (1939-1992) - Giovanni Falcone was an Italian prosecuting magistrate. From his office in the Palace of Justice in Palermo, he spent most of his professional life trying to overthrow the power of the Sicilian ...more

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Paolo Borsellino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Paolo Borsellino Died at 52 (1940-1992) - Paolo Borsellino was an Italian anti-Mafia magistrate. He was killed by a Mafia car bomb in Palermo, 57 days after his friend and fellow Antimafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone was assassinated. ...more

Cesare Terranova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Cesare Terranova Died at 58 (1921-1979) - Cesare Terranova was a magistrate and politician from Sicily notable for his anti-Mafia stance. From 1958 until 1971 Terranova was an examining magistrate at the Palermo prosecuting office. He ...more

Giuseppe Impastato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Giuseppe Impastato Died at 30 (1948-1978) - Giuseppe Impastato, also known as Peppino, was a political activist who opposed the Mafia, which ordered his murder in 1978.

Anna Kanakis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Anna Kanakis age 53 - Anna Kanakis to a Greek father and an Italian mother, is an Italian actress and model. She was Miss Italy in 1977. She has acted in many Italian television sitcoms and movies.

Dominic Agostino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dominic Agostino Died at 45 (1959-2004) - Dominic Agostino was a Canadian politician who represented the riding of Hamilton East for the Liberal Party in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 until his death in 2004.

Margareth Madè is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Margareth Madè age 34 - Margareth Madè born Margareth Tamara Maccarrone is an Italian model and actress. She uses her artist name because her own surname "Maccarrone" has too many associations with ...more

Eva Riccobono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Eva Riccobono age 34 - Eva Riccobono is an Italian model, actress and television presenter.

Franco Mannino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Franco Mannino Died at 81 (1924-2005) - Franco Mannino was an Italian film composer, pianist, opera director, playwright and novelist, born in Palermo. He made his debut as pianist at the age of 16. He conducted the National Arts ...more

Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Alessandro Scarlatti Died at 65 (1660-1725) - Alessandro Scarlatti was an Italian Baroque composer, especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of ...more

Romina Arena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Romina Arena age 36 - Romina Arena is an Italian-American popera, operatic pop, pop classical crossover, rock Opera, and New Age singer-songwriter.

Jack Dragna is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Jack Dragna Died at 65 (1891-1956) - Jack Ignatius Dragna was an American Mafia member and Black Hander who was active in both Italy and the United States in the 20th century. He was active in bootlegging in California during the ...more

Leonardo Sciascia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Leonardo Sciascia Died at 68 (1921-1989) - Leonardo Sciascia was an Italian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright and politician. Some of his works have been made into films, including Open Doors and Il giorno della civetta.

Alfredo Ormando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Alfredo Ormando Died at 40 (1958-1998)

Giuseppe Morello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Giuseppe Morello Died at 63 (1867-1930) - Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello, also known as "The Old Fox", was the first boss of the Morello crime family and later top adviser to Giuseppe "Joe the Boss" ...more

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Wladimiro Calarese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Wladimiro Calarese Died at 75 (1930-2005) - Wladimiro Calarese was an Italian fencer. He won two bronze medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics.

Napoleone Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Napoleone Ferrara age 60 - Napoleone Ferrara, M.D., is an Italian-American molecular biologist who joined University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center in 2013 after a storied career in Northern California at ...more

Salvatore Adamo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Salvatore Adamo age 73 - Salvatore, Knight Adamo, simply known as Adamo, is a Belgian composer and singer of Italian ancestry. He first gained popularity throughout Europe and later in the Middle East, Latin America, ...more

Tommaso Buscetta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Tommaso Buscetta Died at 72 (1928-2000) - Tommaso Buscetta was a Sicilian mafioso. He was the first Mafia boss to turn informant, and explain the inner workings of the organisation. When interviewed by Giovanni Falcone, an investigating ...more

Ciro Terranova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Ciro Terranova Died at 50 (1888-1938) - Ciro "The Artichoke King" Terranova was a New York City gangster and one time underboss of the Morello crime family.

Emilio Fede is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Emilio Fede age 84 - Emilio Fede is an Italian anchorman, journalist and writer. He has been the director of TG1, a news programme on Raiuno, Studio Aperto, a news programme on Italia 1, and TG4, a news programme on ...more

Vincent R. Impellitteri is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Vincent R. Impellitteri Died at 87 (1900-1987) - Vincent Richard Impellitteri was an American politician, who served as the 101st Mayor of New York City, 1950-53. He was elected as a Democrat as president of the City Council 1945, and ...more

Mick Karn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Mick Karn Died at 53 (1958-2011) - Andonis Michaelides, better known as Mick Karn, was a British multi-instrumentalist musician and songwriter, who rose to fame as the bassist for the art rock/new wave band Japan, from 1974 to ...more

Natalia Ginzburg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Natalia Ginzburg Died at 75 (1916-1991) - Natalia Ginzburg née Levi was an Italian author whose work explored family relationships, politics during and after the Fascist years and World War II, and philosophy. She wrote novels, ...more

Antonio Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Antonio Veneziano Died at 50 (1543-1593) - Antonio Veneziano was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in Sicilian. He is considered among the greatest poets who wrote in Sicilian, which include Giovanni Meli, Domenico Tempio and Nino ...more

Donatella Maiorca is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Donatella Maiorca age 58 - Donatella Maiorca is a film director and screenwriter.

Phil Barresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Phil Barresi age 61 - Phillip Anthony Barresi, Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1996 to November 2007 representing the Division of Deakin, Victoria. He ...more

Adolfo Celi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Adolfo Celi Died at 64 (1922-1986) - Adolfo Celi was an Italian film actor and director. Born in Curcuraci, Messina, Sicily, Celi appeared in nearly 100 films, specialising in international villains. Although a prominent actor in ...more

Gaetano Fichera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Gaetano Fichera Died at 74 (1922-1996) - Gaetano Fichera was an Italian mathematician, working in mathematical analysis, linear elasticity, partial differential equations and several complex variables. He was born in Acireale, and died ...more

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Joseph Bonanno is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Joseph Bonanno Died at 97 (1905-2002) - Joseph Charles Bonanno, Sr. was a Sicilian-born American mafioso who became the boss of the Bonanno crime family.

Francesco Crispi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Francesco Crispi Died at 82 (1819-1901) - Francesco Crispi was an Italian patriot and statesman. He was among the main protagonists of the Italian Risorgimento and a close friend and supporter of Giuseppe Mazzini and Giuseppe Garibaldi, ...more

Carla Cassola is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Carla Cassola age 68 - Carla Cassola is an actress.

Giovanni Gentile is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Giovanni Gentile Died at 69 (1875-1944) - Giovanni Gentile was an Italian neo-Hegelian Idealist philosopher and politician, a peer of Benedetto Croce. He described himself as 'the philosopher of Fascism', and ghostwrote A Doctrine of ...more

Joseph Pinzolo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Joseph Pinzolo Died at 43 (1887-1930)

Renato Schifani is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Renato Schifani age 66 - Renato Maria Giuseppe Schifani is an Italian politician. He was a prominent member of the centre-right People of Freedom, before he joined the New Centre-Right party in 2013. From 29 April 2008 ...more

Arturo Dominici is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Arturo Dominici Died at 74 (1918-1992) - Arturo Dominici was an Italian actor and dubbing artist. Born in Palermo, Dominici became best known for his many villainous roles in horror and fantasy films. He is best remembered for his ...more

Rosario La Mastra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Rosario La Mastra age 31 - Rosario La Mastra is an Italian sprinter.

Paolo Buonvino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Paolo Buonvino age 49 - Paolo Buonvino is an Italian composer, conductor and music arranger. Born in Scordia, Catania, Buonvino graduated in piano at the Conservatory Francesco Cilea in Reggio Calabria, then he started ...more

Stefano Bontade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Stefano Bontade Died at 42 (1939-1981) - Stefano Bontade was a powerful member of the Sicilian Mafia. Some sources spell his surname Bontate. He was the boss of the Santa Maria di Gesù Family in Palermo. He was also known as the ...more

Paul Porcasi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Paul Porcasi Died at 67 (1879-1946) - Paul Porcasi was an Italian film actor. He appeared in 142 films between 1917 and 1945. He was born in Palermo, Sicily. Porcasi was memorable as "Nick the Greek" in Universal's ...more

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Santo "Sonny Boy" Ricchiettore Died at 71 (1905-1976)

Lucia Migliaccio, Duchess of F... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Lucia Migliaccio, Duchess of Floridia Died at 56 (1770-1826) - Lucia Migliaccio, Duchess of Floridia was the second wife of Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. Their marriage was morganatic and Lucia was never a Queen consort.

Vittorio De Seta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Vittorio De Seta Died at 88 (1923-2011) - Vittorio De Seta was an Italian cinema director and screenwriter, considered one of the Italian cinema's great imaginative realists of the 1960s.

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Giovanni Mascellaro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Giovanni Mascellaro age 74

Luca Marin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Luca Marin age 29 - Luca Marin is an Italian medley swimmer. He specializes in the 400 m medley, and won ten medals at European and World Championships in this event. At the 2006 European Short Course Swimming ...more

Fabrizio Quattrocchi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Fabrizio Quattrocchi Died at 36 (1968-2004) - Fabrizio Quattrocchi was an Italian security officer taken hostage by Islamist militants in Iraq, notable for his defiance of captors shortly before being killed. He was born in Catania, Sicily ...more

Sol Polito is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Sol Polito Died at 68 (1892-1960) - Salvatore "Sol" Polito, A.S.C. was an Academy Award nominated cinematographer. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Polito immigrated to the United States at an early age. Polito married his wife, ...more

Giuseppe Samonà is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Giuseppe Samonà Died at 85 (1898-1983) - Giuseppe Samonà was an Italian architect and urban planner, whose notable works include the post office in the Appio quarter of Rome, the Banca d'Italia in Padua and a theatre in Sciacca, ...more

Santo Santoro is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Santo Santoro age 59 - Santo Santoro is a former Australian politician and member of the Liberal party. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1989 to 2001; and a member of the Australian ...more

Francesco Nicolosi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Francesco Nicolosi age 62 - Francesco Nicolosi is an Italian pianist.