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Popular Film Actors from Italy

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List of famous film actors and actresses from Italy, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Italy has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Italian screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Italy and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Italian actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Italy?"

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Robert De Niro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver
Robert De Niro is an American actor and film producer who has starred in over 90 films. His first major film roles were in the sports drama Bang the Drum Slowly and the Martin Scorsese-directed ...more
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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, Platoon
William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. He is a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group and he has appeared in films such as Platoon, Shadow of the ...more
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Marcello Mastroianni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Cinema Paradiso, 8½, La Dolce Vita
Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include La Dolce Vita; 8½; La Notte; Divorce, Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and ...more
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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Nine, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire
Sophia Loren is an Italian-French film star. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts ...more
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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers
John Michael Turturro is an American actor, writer and director known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where ...more
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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler, Crazy
Marisa Tomei is an American and Italian actress and producer. In a career spanning three decades, she had initial success in movies as a young actress, followed by a series of unsuccessful ...more
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Carla Gugino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Sin City, Watchmen, American Gangster
Carla Gugino is an American actress. She is well known for her roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids film trilogy, Dr. Vera Gorski in Sucker Punch, Lucille in Sin City, Amanda Daniels in ...more
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Monica Bellucci is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded
Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model.
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Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet, Dick Tracy
Paul Anthony Sorvino is an American actor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the ...more
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Beverly D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Annie Hall, American History X, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Beverly Heather D'Angelo is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise. D'Angelo received critical acclaim for her ...more
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Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, Wild at Heart
Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. Rossellini is noted for her 14-year tenure as a Lancôme model, and for ...more
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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Commando, Fear, Hall Pass
Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, activist, producer and former singer. She is best known for her roles in Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is ...more
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Franco Nero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Django Unchained, Die Hard 2, Cars 2
Franco Nero is an Italian actor. He is best known for his roles of the title character in Sergio Corbucci's Django, Sir Lancelot in Joshua Logan's Camelot, Horacio in Luis Buñuel's ...more
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Vincent Pastore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, The Hurricane
Vincent Pastore is an American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is best known for his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.
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Hayden Panettiere is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Remember the Titans, A Bug's Life, Scream 4
Hayden Leslie Panettiere is an American actress, model, singer, and activist. She is known for her roles as cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC series Heroes and Juliette Barnes in the ABC ...more
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Antonio Sabàto, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Grand Prix, Beyond the Law, Tuareg: The Desert Warrior
Antonio Sabàto, Sr. is a film and television actor. He is noted for extensive work in the Italian exploitation genre. He is the father of model and actor Antonio Sabàto, Jr. Among ...more
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Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance
Mike Birbiglia appeared in the 2013 film Bear Has A Story To Tell.
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Giancarlo Esposito is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing, Trading Places
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is a Danish-born American actor, director, and producer of African-Italian descent. He is best known for his portrayal of Gustavo "Gus" Fring on ...more
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Rose McGowan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Scream, Planet Terror, Death Proof
Rose Arianna McGowan is an American actress and singer. She has played Paige Matthews in The WB supernatural drama series Charmed, and Ann-Margret alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis Presley ...more
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Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Trading Places, Coming to America, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Don Ameche was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, with a career spanning almost 60 years. After touring in vaudeville, he featured in many biographical films, including The Story of ...more
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John Saxon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Dusk till Dawn, Enter the Dragon
John Saxon is an American actor who has worked on over 200 projects during the span of sixty years. Saxon is known for his work in westerns and horror films, as well as for his role as Roper in ...more
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Home Alone
Joseph Frank Pesci (born February 9, 1943) is an American actor, comedian and singer. Known for portraying tough, volatile characters, in a variety of genres. He is best known for his ...more
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Armand Assante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
American Gangster, Judge Dredd, Striptease
Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. is an American actor.
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Greta Scacchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
The Player, The Red Violin, Emma
Greta Scacchi is an Emmy Award-winning Italian-Australian actress known for her roles in the films White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player.
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Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law, Night on Earth
Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film, Life Is Beautiful, which ...more