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Roberto Benigni

Extremely talented Italian comedian who eased into acting in the late 1970’s & made an impression with his starring role in “Johnny Stecchino “, a hilarious comedy which became one of Italy’s highest grossing films ever. Oscar glory soon followed for Roberto, with a Best Actor win for “Life Is Beautiful”.

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Birth Name: Roberto Benigni

Date Of Birth:
27th October 1952

Place Of Birth:
Misericordia, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Hair Color: Black

Spouse:
Nicoletta Braschi
(1991 - Present)

Debut Film:                        Berlinguer ti voglio bene (1977)

Signature Film:
Johnny Stecchino (1991)

Academy Award Winner:
Best Actor for “Life Is Beautiful” (1999)

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Trivia:
* In 1993 Roberto attempted to revive the bumbling police character made famous by Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther film series when he starred in “Son Of The Pink Panther” (1993).

* When Roberto won his Oscar in 1999 for “Life Is Beautiful” he became the first actor to win a “Best Actor Oscar” for a non-english speaking role.

* Roberto & Lawrence Olivier are the only two actors to have directed themeselves in Oscar winning performances.

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Classic movie Poster of Robeto Benigni’s cult black & white comedy prison drama “Daunbailo” aka “Down By Law” (1986).  The film looks at the misadventures of three misfit men who escape from a Louisianna prison. The film also stars Roberto’s future wife Nicoletta Braschi.

Roberto Benigni’s Top 5 Movies on DVD & VHS

Down By Law [DVD](1986) DVD
Jim Jarmusch's twisted comedy about three losers who escape from a Louisiana jail into the "freedom" of the swamps stars John Lurie as a small-time pimp, Tom Waits as a spaced-out disc jockey who stole a car, and Roberto Benigni as an Italian tourist who "accidentally" killed a man. With Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin. 107 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; audio commentary by Jarmusch; featurette; interviews; isolated music track; music video; outtakes; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; more.

Johnny Stecchino(1993) VHS
Funny farce from Italy, directed by and starring comic Roberto Benigni ("Life Is Beautiful") as a shy bus driver whose life takes some hilarious turns when he's mistaken for a mob boss. Nicoletta Braschi also stars. 100 min. In Italian with English subtitles.

Son Of The Pink Panther(1993) VHS
Italian comic Roberto Benigni carries on Peter Sellers' legacy, playing the bumbling son of Inspector Clouseau in this funny farce from Blake Edwards. The new Inspector tries to track down a missing Middle Eastern princess and finds himself face to face with Dad's former associates, Cato (Burt Kwouk) and Commissioner Dreyfuss (Herbert Lom). With Robert Davi, Claudia Cardinale. 115 min.

The Monster [DVD](1996) DVD
Roberto Benigni co-wrote, directed and stars in this wacky mistaken identity farce which became the most popular movie in Italy's history. Benigni plays a struggling con artist who finds his life gets more difficult when he's mistaken for a rapist and serial killer who has been terrorizing the area. With Michel Blanc and Nicoletta Braschi. 111 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital Surround, English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; interactive menus; scene access.

Life Is Beautiful [DVD](1998) DVD
Alternately harrowing and funny, this Oscar-winning Holocaust story features writer/director/star Roberto Benigni as a Jewish innocent living in a small Italian village with his wife and son in 1939. When father and son are sent to a concentration camp, Benigni uses games and humor to shield the boy from the surrounding horrors. Nicoletta Braschi and Giorgio Cantarini also star. 116 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; "making of" featurette; TV spots; theatrical trailer; scene access.

 

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