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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 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
Spider-Man, Finding Nemo, Platoon
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
Cinema Paradiso, 8½, La Dolce Vita
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
Nine, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire
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
The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, Transformers
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
My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler, Crazy
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
Sin City, Watchmen, American Gangster
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
Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded
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
Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet, Dick Tracy
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
Annie Hall, American History X, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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
Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her, Wild at Heart
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
Commando, Fear, Hall Pass
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 Django Unchained, Die Hard 2, Cars 2
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
Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, The Hurricane
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
Remember the Titans, A Bug's Life, Scream 4
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, 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. (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 The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids, Going the Distance
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
The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing, Trading Places
Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaŋˈkarlo dʒuˈzɛppe alesˈsandro eˈspɔːzito]; born April 26, 1958) is an Italian-American actor and director. He has played ...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 (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
Trading Places, Coming to America, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
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
A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Dusk till Dawn, Enter the Dragon
John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico; 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 ...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 ( 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
American Gangster, Judge Dredd, Striptease
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
The Player, The Red Violin, Emma
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
Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law, Night on Earth
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