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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
Age 75, Credits: Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II & Taxi Driver

Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, Italy

Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (, Italian: [de ˈniːro]; born August 17, 1943) is an American-Italian actor, producer, and director. He is a recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy ...more

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 63, Credits: Spider-Man, Finding Nemo & Platoon

Birthplace: Appleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. Dafoe has received multiple awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations. Dafoe has ...more

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Marcello Mastroianni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Dec. at 72 (1924-1996), Credits: Cinema Paradiso, 8½ & La Dolce Vita

Birthplace: Fontana Liri, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni (Italian pronunciation: [marˈtʃɛllo mastroˈjanni]; 28 September 1924 – 19 December 1996) was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include: La Dolce ...more
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Sophia Loren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 84, Credits: Nine, El Cid & The Fall of the Roman Empire

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Kingdom of Italy, France, Italy

Sofia Villani Scicolone (Italian: [soˈfiːa vilˈlaːni ʃʃikoˈloːne]; born 20 September 1934), known professionally as Sophia Loren (Italian: [ˈlɔːren], English: ), is an Italian film actress and ...more

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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 61, Credits: The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull & Transformers

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

John Michael Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an American character actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton ...more

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Marisa Tomei is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 54, Credits: My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler & Crazy

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the recipient of various accolades including an Academy Award and nominations for a BAFTA Award, two ...more

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Carla Gugino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 47, Credits: Sin City, Watchmen & American Gangster

Birthplace: Sarasota, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Carla Gugino (; born August 29, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Ingrid Cortez in the Spy Kids trilogy (2001–2003), Ritchie Robert's wife Laurie in American ...more

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Monica Bellucci is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 54, Credits: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ & The Matrix Reloaded

Birthplace: Città di Castello, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and model. Bellucci began her career as a fashion model, modeling for the ...more

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Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 79, Credits: Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet & Dick Tracy

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Paul Anthony Sorvino (, Italian: [sorˈviːno]; born April 13, 1939) is an American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the ...more

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Beverly D'Angelo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 67, Credits: Annie Hall, American History X & National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Birthplace: Upper Arlington, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress and singer, who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films (1983–2015). She has appeared in over ...more

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Isabella Rossellini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 66, Credits: Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her & Wild at Heart

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born 18 June 1952) is an Italian actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, and model. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian ...more

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Alyssa Milano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 46, Credits: Commando, Fear & Hall Pass

Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, producer, activist, and former singer. She is known for her roles as Samantha Micelli in Who's the Boss?, Jennifer Mancini in ...more

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Franco Nero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Franco Nero Age 74, Credits: Django Unchained, Die Hard 2 & Cars 2

Birthplace: Parma, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero (born 23 November 1941), better known by his stage name Franco Nero, is an Italian actor. He is best known for his breakthrough role as the title character ...more

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Vincent Pastore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 72, Credits: Goodfellas, Carlito's Way & The Hurricane

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an Italian-American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is best known for his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO series

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Hayden Panettiere is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 29, Credits: Remember the Titans, A Bug's Life & Scream 4

Birthplace: Palisades, New York, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Hayden Lesley Panettiere (; born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, and singer. She is known for playing cheerleader Claire Bennet on the NBC sci-fi series Heroes (2006–2010) and ...more

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Antonio Sabàto, S... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 75, Credits: Grand Prix, Beyond the Law & Tuareg: The Desert Warrior

Birthplace: Montelepre, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Antonio Sabàto Sr. (b. 2 April 1943 in Montelepre, Italy) is an Italian-American film and television actor. He is noted for extensive work in the Italian exploitation genre. He is the ...more
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Mike Birbiglia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Mike Birbiglia Age 40, Credits: The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids & Going the Distance

Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Mike Birbiglia (; born June 20, 1978) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer and writer. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life and The Moth, and has released ...more

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Giancarlo Esposito is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 60, Credits: The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing & Trading Places

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: United States of America

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an Italian-American actor and director. He has played Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC shows Breaking Bad and Better Call ...more

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Rose McGowan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 45, Credits: Scream, Planet Terror & Death Proof

Birthplace: Florence, Italy

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, activist, writer, and model. After her film debut in a brief role in the comedy Encino Man (1992), McGowan achieved wider ...more

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Don Ameche is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Dec. at 85 (1908-1993), Credits: Trading Places, Coming to America & Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, Italy

Don Ameche (; born Dominic Felix Amici; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American actor, voice artist and comedian. After playing in college shows, stock, and vaudeville, he became a ...more

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John Saxon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 83, Credits: A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Dusk till Dawn & Enter the Dragon

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

John Saxon (born August 5, 1935) is an American actor and martial artist who has worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. Saxon is known for his work in westerns and horror ...more
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Joe Pesci is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 76, Credits: Goodfellas, Raging Bull & Home Alone

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an American actor and singer who is known for portraying tough, volatile characters in a variety of ...more

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Armand Assante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 69, Credits: American Gangster, Judge Dredd & Striptease

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Armand Anthony Assante (; born October 4, 1949) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as mobster John Gotti in the 1996 HBO television film Gotti, Nietzsche in When Nietzsche Wept ...more
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Greta Scacchi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 59, Credits: The Player, The Red Violin & Emma

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italy, Australia

Greta Scacchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˌɡrɛːta ˈskakːi]; born 18 February 1960) is an Italian Australian actress best known for her roles in the films White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent ...more

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Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Italy
Age 66, Credits: Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law & Night on Earth

Birthplace: Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Roberto Remigio Benigni (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. Internationally, he is best known for ...more

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