Giancarlo Giannini biography

Giancarlo Giannini

Date of Birth: August 1, 1942

Born in Spezia, Italy, Giancarlo Giannini spent his youth in Naples. He attended the National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1961 and made his debut onstage the following year as Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, followed by performances in The Dream, Memories of a Lady Friend, and Romeo and Juliet.

Giannini started working with director Lina Wertmuller when he landed a role in her play, Two and Two are No Longer Four. Following the play, the two would have a long lasting working relationship as Lina used him in a series of starring roles that cast him as dull-witted, naive, pompous, and/or slovenly characters. Some of the more notable films she cast him in were Love and Anarchy (1973); her first internationally acclaimed feature, The Seduction of Mimi (1974), playing an innocent stooge duped into an assassination plot; Swept Away(1975) and Seven Beauties (1976). In this last film, he played Pasqualino, a concentration camp inmate who suffers humiliation and degradation in a desperate effort to survive. It earned Giannini an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Efforts to broaden his appeal to Anglo audiences resulted in a few box office flops, including American Dreamer (1984), Fever Pitch(1985) and Blood Red (1989).

Giannini was back in form though as the hapless nephew of scheming Vittorio Gassman in The Sleazy Uncle (1991), and as a deadpan police inspector in Once Upon a Crime (1992). He was also charming in the otherwise forgettable Francis Ford Coppola-directed sequence of New York Stories (1989) and played Rene Mathis in the Bond film, Casino Royale (2006).

In 1999, Giannini received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Italian Film Awards. He started off the new millennium playing Emperor Shaddam in the television mini series Dune, and had major roles in The Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal, and Roman Coppola's C.Q. (both 2001).

In 2002 he won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Milan Film Festival. Giannini has two sons with his ex-wife, Livia. He is currently married to Eurilla del Bono, with whom he also has two children.

Giancarlo Giannini Filmography

Actor:

  • The Catcher was a Spy (2017)
  • The Neighborhood (2017)
  • Il Ragazzo Della Giudecca (2016)
  • On Air : Storia di un Successo (2016)
  • Di tutti i colori (2014)
  • The First Line (2014)
  • AmeriQua (2013)
  • The Gambler Who Wouldn’t Die (2013)
  • Omamamia (2012)
  • La bella società (2010)
  • La prima notte della luna (2010)
  • God's Spy (2009)
  • Medeni mesec (2009)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Bastardi (2007)
  • Milano-Palermo: il ritorno (2007)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Estrenando sueños (2006)
  • Tirante el Blanco (2006)
  • Darkness (2004)
  • Man on Fire (2004)
  • Shadow Dancer (2004)
  • Il cuore altrove (2003)
  • Il Cuore Altrove (A Heart Elsewhere) (2003)
  • Per sempre (2003)
  • Piazza delle cinque lune (2003)
  • Ciao America (2002)
  • CQ (2002)
  • I banchieri di Dio (2002)
  • Il consiglio d'Egitto (2002)
  • Joshua (2002)
  • Momo alla conquista del tempo (2002)
  • Ti voglio bene Eugenio (2002)
  • Francesca e Nunziata (2001)
  • Hannibal (2001)
  • The Whole Shebang (2001)
  • Vipera (2001)
  • The Whole Shebang (2000)
  • Welcome Albania (2000)
  • Il Potere della speranza (1999)
  • Milonga (1999)
  • No Deposit, No Return (1999)
  • Sweet Idleness (1999)
  • Terra bruciata (1999)
  • La Cena (1998)
  • The Room of the Scirocco (1998)
  • Beyond the Garden (1997)
  • Heaven Before I Die (1997)
  • Mimic (1997)
  • The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997)
  • Una Vacanza all'inferno (1997)
  • Celluloide (1996)
  • Cervellini fritti impanati (1996)
  • La Frontiera (1996)
  • La Lupa (1996)
  • Last Target (1996)
  • New York Crossing (1996)
  • A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
  • Camino sin retorno (1995)
  • Palermo Milano solo andata (1995)
  • Come due coccodrilli (1994)
  • Giovanni Falcone (1993)
  • Once Upon a Crime... (1992)
  • Criminals (1991)
  • I Divertimenti della vita privata (1990)
  • Male oscuro, Il (1990)
  • Prima di Natale (1990)
  • Sunshine Even by Night (1990) (voice)
  • Time to Kill (1990)
  • Good Night, Michaelangelo (1989)
  • New York Stories (1989)
  • The King of Naples (1989)
  • The Sleazy Uncle (1989)
  • Blood Red (1988)
  • I Picari (1988)
  • Snack Bar Budapest (1988)
  • Sweet Carioca (1988)
  • I Numeri del lotto (1986)
  • Ternosecco (1986)
  • Fever Pitch (1985)
  • Saving Grace (1985)
  • American Dreamer (1984)
  • I Capitoni (1984)
  • Mi manda Picone (1984)
  • Escape (1983)
  • Bello mio, bellezza mia (1982)
  • Lili Marleen (1981)
  • A Trip with Anita (1979)
  • Blood Feud (1979)
  • Bloodline (1979)
  • Good News (1979)
  • life is beautiful (1979)
  • Suffer or Die (1979)
  • A Night Full of Rain (1978)
  • Shimmy, lugano, tarantelle e vino (1978)
  • Viva Italia! (1978)
  • Seven Beauties (1976)
  • The Innocent (1976)
  • Midnight Pleasures (1975)
  • Swept Away (1975)
  • Fatti di gente per bene (1974)
  • Il Bestione (1974)
  • All Screwed Up (1973)
  • How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973)
  • Love and Anarchy (1973)
  • Sono stato io! (1973)
  • The Sensuous Sicilian (1973)
  • Black Belly of the Tarantula (1972)
  • The Professor (1972)
  • The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
  • Ettore lo fusto (1971)
  • Mazzabubù... quante corna stanno quaggiù? (1971)
  • Mio padre Monsignore (1971)
  • Un aller simple (1971)
  • Don Camillo VI (1970)
  • Drama of Jealousy (1970)
  • Una Macchia rosa (1970)
  • Una Prostituta al servizio del pubblico e in regola con le leggi dello stato (1970)
  • Fraulein Doktor (1969)
  • The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
  • The Sisters (1969)
  • The Battle for Anzio (1968)
  • Arabella (1967)
  • Don't Sting the Mosquito (1967)
  • I'll Try Tonight (1967)
  • Libido (1967)
  • Rita the Mosquito (1966)
  • Fango sulla metropoli (1965)
  • L'acqua.. il fuoco (2003

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