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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)
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
Paolo Borsellino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 57
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
Dec. 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
age 36
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
age 36
Eva Riccobono 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)
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
Dec. 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
age 38
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. at 40 (1958-1998)
Giuseppe Morello is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Dec. 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
Wladimiro Calarese is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Sicily
Wladimiro Calarese Dec. 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 62
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
age 75
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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 87
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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