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Popular Film Actors from Italy

Updated October 14, 2019 28.3k views2.7k items

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.

List features Gus Mercurio, Mario Riva and more.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Italy in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Italian film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • Robert De Niro1

    Robert De Niro

    Goodfellas, The Godfather Part II

    BirthplaceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American-Italian actor, producer, and...  more

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  • Willem Dafoe2

    Willem Dafoe

    Spider-Man, Finding Nemo

    BirthplaceUSA, Grand Chute, Wisconsin, Appleton

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. Dafoe has received...  more

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  • Marcello Mastroianni3

    Marcello Mastroianni

    Cinema Paradiso, 8½

    BirthplaceFontana Liri, Italy


    Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni (Italian pronunciation: [marˈtʃɛllo mastroˈjanni]; 28...  more
  • Sophia Loren4

    Sophia Loren

    Nine, El Cid

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    NationalityKingdom of Italy, France, Italy

    Sofia Villani Scicolone Dame Grand Cross OMRI (born 20 September 1934), known professionally...  more

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  • John Turturro5

    John Turturro

    The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    John Michael Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an American character actor, writer and...  more

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  • Marisa Tomei6

    Marisa Tomei

    My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Marisa Tomei (, Italian: [toˈmɛi]; born December 4, 1964) is an American actress. She is the...  more

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  • Carla Gugino7

    Carla Gugino

    Sin City, Watchmen

    BirthplaceSarasota, Florida, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carla Gugino (; born August 29, 1971) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles...  more

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  • Monica Bellucci8

    Monica Bellucci

    Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Passion of the Christ

    BirthplaceCittà di Castello, Italy


    Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September...  more

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  • Paul Sorvino9

    Paul Sorvino

    Goodfellas, Romeo + Juliet

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Paul Anthony Sorvino (, Italian: [sorˈviːno]; born April 13, 1939) is an American actor, opera...  more

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  • Beverly D'Angelo10

    Beverly D'Angelo

    Annie Hall, American History X

    BirthplaceUpper Arlington, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress and singer, who...  more

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  • Isabella Rossellini11

    Isabella Rossellini

    Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born 18 June 1952) is an Italian actress,...  more

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  • Alyssa Milano12

    Alyssa Milano

    Commando, Fear

    BirthplaceBensonhurst, New York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America, Italy

    Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 19, 1972) is an American actress, producer, activist, and...  more

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  • Franco Nero13

    Franco Nero

    Django Unchained, Die Hard 2

    BirthplaceParma, Italy


    Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero (born 23 November 1941), better known by his stage name...  more
  • Vincent Pastore14

    Vincent Pastore

    Goodfellas, Carlito's Way

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an Italian-American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he...  more

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  • Hayden Panettiere15

    Hayden Panettiere

    Remember the Titans, A Bug's Life

    BirthplacePalisades, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Hayden Lesley Panettiere (; born August 21, 1989) is an American actress, model, and singer....  more

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  • Antonio Sabàto, Sr.16

    Antonio Sabàto, Sr.

    Grand Prix, Beyond the Law

    BirthplaceMontelepre, Italy


    Antonio Sabàto Sr. (b. 2 April 1943 in Montelepre, Italy) is an Italian-American film and...  more
  • Mike Birbiglia17

    Mike Birbiglia

    The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Shrewsbury

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Mike Birbiglia (; born June 20, 1978) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, director,...  more


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  • Giancarlo Esposito18

    Giancarlo Esposito

    The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an Italian-American actor and...  more

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  • Rose McGowan19

    Rose McGowan

    Scream, Planet Terror

    BirthplaceFlorence, Italy

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Rose Arianna McGowan (born September 5, 1973) is an American actress, activist, writer, and...  more

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  • Don Ameche20

    Don Ameche

    Trading Places, Coming to America

    BirthplaceKenosha, USA, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Don Ameche (; born Dominic Felix Amici; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American...  more

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  • John Saxon21

    John Saxon

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Dusk till Dawn

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Saxon (August 5, 1935 - July 25, 2020) was an American actor and martial artist who...  more
  • Joe Pesci22

    Joe Pesci

    Goodfellas, Raging Bull

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Joseph Frank Pesci ( PESH-ee, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpeʃːi]; born February 9, 1943) is an...  more

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  • Armand Assante23

    Armand Assante

    American Gangster, Judge Dredd

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Armand Anthony Assante (; born October 4, 1949) is an American actor. He is best known for his...  more
  • Greta Scacchi24

    Greta Scacchi

    The Player, The Red Violin

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    NationalityItaly, Australia

    Greta Scacchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˌɡrɛːta ˈskakːi]; born 18 February 1960) is an Italian...  more
  • Roberto Benigni25

    Roberto Benigni

    Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law

    BirthplaceEurope, Manciano, Eurasia, Italy, Province of Grosseto


    Roberto Remigio Benigni (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is...  more