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Popular Film Actors from Italy

Updated October 14, 2019 28.4k 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.

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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.
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    Robert De Niro

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

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    Willem Dafoe

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

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  • 3

    Marcello Mastroianni

    Cinema Paradiso, 8½
    Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni (Italian pronunciation: [marˈtʃɛllo mastroˈjanni]; 28...  more
  • 4

    Sophia Loren

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

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    John Turturro

    The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull
    John Michael Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an American character actor, writer and...  more

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    Marisa Tomei

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

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  • 7

    Carla Gugino

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

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    Monica Bellucci

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

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    Paul Sorvino

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

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    Beverly D'Angelo

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  • 11

    Isabella Rossellini

    Blue Velvet, Death Becomes Her
    Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini (born 18 June 1952) is an Italian actress,...  more

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  • 12

    Alyssa Milano

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  • 13

    Franco Nero

    Django Unchained, Die Hard 2
    Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero (born 23 November 1941), better known by his stage name...  more
  • 14

    Vincent Pastore

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

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    Hayden Panettiere

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  • 16

    Antonio Sabàto, Sr.

    Grand Prix, Beyond the Law
    Antonio Sabàto Sr. (b. 2 April 1943 in Montelepre, Italy) is an Italian-American film and...  more
  • 17

    Mike Birbiglia

    The Fault in Our Stars, Cedar Rapids
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    Giancarlo Esposito

    The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing
    Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an Italian-American actor and...  more

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    Rose McGowan

    Scream, Planet Terror
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  • 20

    Don Ameche

    Trading Places, Coming to America
    Don Ameche (; born Dominic Felix Amici; May 31, 1908 – December 6, 1993) was an American...  more
  • 21

    John Saxon

    A Nightmare on Elm Street, From Dusk till Dawn
    John Saxon (August 5, 1935 - July 25, 2020) was an American actor and martial artist who...  more
  • 22

    Joe Pesci

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

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  • 23

    Armand Assante

    American Gangster, Judge Dredd
    Armand Anthony Assante (; born October 4, 1949) is an American actor. He is best known for his...  more
  • 24

    Greta Scacchi

    The Player, The Red Violin
    Greta Scacchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˌɡrɛːta ˈskakːi]; born 18 February 1960) is an Italian...  more
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    Roberto Benigni

    Life Is Beautiful, Down by Law
    Roberto Remigio Benigni (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is...  more

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