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Famous People From Sicily

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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
Dec. at 53 (1939-1992)

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Giovanni Falcone (Italian: [dʒoˈvanni falˈkoːne]; 18 May 1939 – 23 May 1992) was an Italian judge and prosecuting magistrate. From his office in the Palace of Justice in Palermo, Sicily, he ...more
Paolo Borsellino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 52 (1940-1992)

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Paolo Borsellino (Italian: [ˈpaːolo borselˈliːno]; January 19, 1940 – July 19, 1992) was an Italian judge and prosecuting magistrate. He was killed by a Mafia car bomb in Palermo, 57 days after ...more
Cesare Terranova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 58 (1921-1979)

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Cesare Terranova (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃeːzare ˌtɛrraˈnɔːva, ˈtʃɛː-]; 25 August 1921 – 25 September 1979) was an Italian judge and politician from Sicily notable for his anti-Mafia stance. ...more
Giuseppe Impastato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 30 (1948-1978)

Birthplace: Cinisi, Italy

Giuseppe "Peppino" Impastato (Italian pronunciation: [dʒuˈzɛppe pepˈpiːno impaˈstaːto]; January 5, 1948 – May 9, 1978), was an Italian political activist who opposed the Mafia, which ...more
Anna Kanakis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Age: 57

Birthplace: Messina, Italy

Anna Kanakis (Greek: Άννα Κανάκη) (born in 1962 in Messina, Italy) to a Greek father and an Italian mother, is an Italian actress and model. She was Miss Italy in 1977 at only 15 years old.
Dominic Agostino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 45 (1959-2004)

Birthplace: Sicily, Italy

Dominic Agostino (October 14, 1959 – March 24, 2004) was a Canadian politician who represented the riding of Hamilton East for the Liberal Party in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 ...more
Margareth Madè is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Age: 36

Birthplace: Paternò, Italy

Margareth Madè (22 June 1982, Paternò, Italy) born Margareth Tamara Maccarrone is an Italian model and actress. She uses her artist name because her own surname ...more
Eva Riccobono is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Age: 36

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Eva Riccobono (born 7 February 1983) is an Italian model, actress, and television presenter.
Franco Mannino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Franco Mannino (25 April 1924 – 1 February 2005) 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. ...more
Alessandro Scarlatti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 65 (1660-1725)

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Pietro Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti (2 May 1660 – 22 October 1725) was an Italian Baroque composer, known especially for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the ...more
Romina Arena is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Age: 38

Birthplace: Sicily, Italy

Romina Arena (born May 12, 1980) 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
Dec. at 65 (1891-1956)

Birthplace: Corleone, Italy

Jack Ignatius Dragna (born Ignazio Dragna; Italian pronunciation: [iɲˈɲattsjo draɲˈɲa]; April 18, 1891 – February 23, 1956) was an American Mafia member and Black Hander who was active in both ...more
Leonardo Sciascia is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 68 (1921-1989)

Birthplace: Europe, Sicily, Eurasia, Province of Agrigento, Italy, + more

Leonardo Sciascia (Italian pronunciation: [leoˈnardo ʃˈʃaʃʃa] (listen); 8 January 1921 – 20 November 1989) was a Sicilian writer, novelist, essayist, playwright, and politician. Some of his ...more
Alfredo Ormando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 40 (1958-1998)

Birthplace: Messina, Europe, Sicily, Eurasia, Italy, + more

Alfredo Ormando (15 December 1958 in San Cataldo – 23 January 1998 in Rome) was a gay writer from Palermo who died as a result of setting himself on fire outside Saint Peter's Basilica. His ...more
Giuseppe Morello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 63 (1867-1930)

Birthplace: Corleone, Italy

Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe moˈrɛllo]; May 2, 1867 – August 15, 1930), also known as "The Old Fox", was the first boss of the Morello crime family ...more
Wladimiro Calarese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Wladimiro Calarese Dec. at 75 (1930-2005)

Birthplace: Messina, Italy

Wladimiro Calarese (3 October 1930 – 13 August 2005) was an Italian sabre fencer. He won two bronze medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics and two silver medals, at the 1964 and 1968 Summer ...more
Napoleone Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Napoleone Ferrara Age: 62

Birthplace: Catania, Italy

Napoleone Ferrara (born 26 July 1956, Catania), is an Italian-American molecular biologist who joined University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center in 2013 after a career in Northern ...more
Salvatore Adamo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Salvatore Adamo Age: 75

Birthplace: Comiso, Italy

Salvatore, Knight Adamo Born in Comiso (Sicily) 1 November 1943, lived in Belgium since the age of 3, a singer and composer who has acquired the double Belgian-Italian nationality early 2019 at ...more
Tommaso Buscetta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 72 (1928-2000)

Birthplace: Palermo, Italy

Tommaso Buscetta (Italian pronunciation: [tomˈmaːzo buʃˈʃetta]; 13 July 1928 – 2 April 2000) was an Italian gangster, a member of the Sicilian Mafia, who became the first Mafia boss to turn ...more
Ciro Terranova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 50 (1888-1938)

Birthplace: Corleone, Italy

Ciro Terranova (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃiːro ˌtɛrranɔːva]; July 20, 1888 − February 20, 1938) was an Italian-born 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
Age: 87

Birthplace: Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Italy

Emilio Fede (born 24 June 1931) is an Italian anchorman, journalist and writer. He has been the director of TG1 (from 1981 to 1982), a news programme on Raiuno, Studio Aperto (from 1991 to ...more
Vincent R. Impellitteri ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 87 (1900-1987)

Birthplace: Isnello, Italy

Vincent Richard Impellitteri (born Vincenzo Impellitteri; February 4, 1900 – January 29, 1987) was an American politician and judge who served as the 101st Mayor of New York City, 1950-53. He ...more
Mick Karn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 53 (1958-2011)

Birthplace: Nicosia, Sicily, Italy

Andonis Michaelides (Greek: Αντώνης Μιχαηλίδης; 24 July 1958 – 4 January 2011), better known as Mick Karn, was an English-Cypriot musician and songwriter who rose to fame as the bassist for the ...more
Natalia Ginzburg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 75 (1916-1991)

Birthplace: Europe, Palermo, Sicily, Eurasia, Italy, + more

Natalia Ginzburg (Italian: [nataˈliːa ˈɡintsburɡ], German: [ˈɡɪntsbʊɐ̯k]; née Levi; 14 July 1916 – 7 October 1991), was an Italian author whose work explored family relationships, ...more
Antonio Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. at 50 (1543-1593)

Birthplace: Monreale, Italy

Antonio Veneziano (1543 - 19 August 1593) was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in the Sicilian language. He is considered among the greatest poets who wrote in Sicilian, which include Giovanni ...more