Roberto Benigni





10/27/1952 , Misericordia, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

Birth Name

Roberto Benigni




One of the world's most acclaimed comic filmmakers and entertainers, Roberto Benigni is best known for his film La Vita È Bella (Life is Beautiful), which earned him over 30 international movie awards.

Roberto Benigni was born in Misericordia, Arezzo, Tuscany in Italy on October 27, 1952. After his birth, they moved to Vergaio (Prato, Tuscany) where he grew up. As a young boy, coming from a not-so-wealthy family, he would sneak into drive-ins with his siblings to watch movies. He grew up as an introvert young man. He studied at the Jesuits Seminary at Florence, where he almost became a priest. The 1966 flood forced him to go back to Prato and pursue learning. He finished his studies at the Economy Institute of Prato. Without much opportunities, he started to work as a bartender in the "Casa del Popolo" in his hometown.

Benigni's first exposure in front of an audience came with the Modin Circus performing in the town squares, and he then took part at the Festa dell' Unitá.

Benigni always had the passion for movies. One of his major influences was Charlie Chaplin. In September 1972, he decided to try his luck in acting. Together with his friends, Silvano Ambrogi, Aldo Buti, and Carlo Monni, he went to Rome where he got his debut in a comedy (written by Ambrogi) in the Satiri Theater. Since his theater debut, he did several television appearances. In 1977, he got his first movie appearance in Berlinguer Ti Volgio Bene. After this movie, he became a part of a TV program called L'altra Domenica. Since then, he appeared in several more movies like Chiaro di Luna (1979), I Giorni Contati (1979), Letti Selvaggi (1979), La Luna (1979), Chiedo Asilo (1980), Il Pap'occhio (1980), and Il Minestrone (1981).

Benigni's first movie direction was in 1983 in the motion picture, Tu Mi Turbi. In 1984, he directed his second movie Non Ci Resta Che Piangere, with actor/director Massimo Troisi (who is known for his popular film Il Postino). In 1985, a home video of his theatrical tour called TuttiBenigni came out. In 1986, Benigni participated in the motion picture Daunbailó. His third movie as an actor/director was Il Piccolo Diavolo (1988), followed by Johnny Stecchino (1991), and The Monster (1994). His masterpiece, Life is Beautiful (1997), has earned seven nominations for the Academy Awards and won three Oscars for Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Movie, and Best Film Music (Original Dramatic Score).

Filmography: (Includes Italian and International)
-Berlinguer ti Voglio Bene (1977) as Cioni Mario.
-I Giorni Cantati (1979).
-Chiedo Asilo (1979) as Roberto.
-Clair de Femme (Womanlight, 1979).
-La Luna (Luna, 1979) as an Upholsterer.
-Pap'occhino (In the Pope's Eye, 1981) as Benigni.
-Il Minestrone (1981).
-Tu Mi Turbi (1983) as Benigno.
-F.F.S.S. Cioè Che Mi Hai Portato a Fare Sopra Posillipo Se Non Mi Vuoi Più Bene (1983).
-Non Ci Resta Che Piangere (Nothing Left To Do But Cry, 1984) as Saverio.
-Coffee and Cigarettes (1986) as Roberto Benigni.
-Down by Law (1986) as Roberto.
-Il Piccolo Diavolo (The Little Devil, 1988) as Giuditta.
-La Voce Della Luna (The Voice of the Moon, 1989) as Ivo Salvini.
-Johnny Stecchino (Johnny Toothpick, 1991) as Dante/Johnny Stecchino.
-Night On Earth (1991) as a Driver.
-Son of the Pink Panther (1993) as Jacques.
-Il Mostro (The Monster, 1994) as Loris.
-La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful, 1997) as Guido Orefice.
-Astérix et Obélix Contre César (Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar, 1999) as Lucius Detritus.
-Pinocchio (2002) as Pinocchio.
-La Tigre e la Neve (2005) as Attilio de Giovanni.