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Giancarlo Giannini (born August 1, 1942) is an Italian actor, voice actor, director and screenwriter.[1] He won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973) and received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his performance in Seven Beauties (1975).

Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini 2000.jpg
Giannini in 2000
Born (1942-08-01) August 1, 1942 (age 77)
La Spezia, Italy
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active1965–present
Livia Giampalmo
(m. 1967; div. 1975)

Eurilla del Bono (m. 1983)
Children4, including Adriano Giannini


Life and careerEdit

Giannini was born in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. He studied at the Accademia Nazionale d'Arte Drammatica in Rome, and made his film debut in a small part in I criminali della metropoli in 1965. He appeared in supporting roles in Anzio and The Secret of Santa Vittoria, and starred in the original version of Swept Away. In 1967, he was a special guest on an episode of Mina's TV show "Sabato Sera". In 1971, he appeared in E le stelle stanno a guardare, a television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel, The Stars Look Down.

Giannini won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973).[2][3] In 1976, he starred in Seven Beauties, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[4] He dubbed Jack Nicholson's voice in the Italian release of both The Shining and Batman. He is the official Italian dubber of Al Pacino. Both he and Ferruccio Amendola were the primary dubbers of Pacino until Amendola's death in 2001 when Giannini became the sole voice dubber. His fluency in English has brought him a number of featured roles in Hollywood productions, most notably as Inspector Pazzi in Hannibal. He also appeared in Man on Fire.

Giannini is known for his starring roles in films directed by Lina Wertmüller. In addition to Seven Beauties and Swept Away, he also appeared in The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, A Night Full of Rain, and Francesca e Nunziata.

Giannini played Alberto Aragón in A Walk in the Clouds in 1995, and Emperor Shaddam IV in the 2000 Dune miniseries.[5] In 2002, he starred in the horror film Darkness. He later portrayed French agent René Mathis in the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008).

Giannini's son Adriano Giannini played his father's role in the 2002 remake of Swept Away.

In 2009, Giannini received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit

Giancarlo Giannini (r) on the set of Celluloide (1996)
Giancarlo Giannini (r) on the set of Celluloide (1996)

TV workEdit


  1. ^ "Giancarlo Giannini's dubbing contributions". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ "1973 - Le Jury, Les Prix" (in French). Retrieved 1 July 2017 – via
  3. ^ "26ème Festival International du Film - Cannes" (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017 – via
  4. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  5. ^ Fritz, Steve (4 December 2000). "Dune: Remaking the Classic Novel". Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008 – via Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Connor, Kevin (8 September 2009). "Walking proud in Little Italy". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Giancarlo Giannini at Wikimedia Commons