Italy has served as a home for talented actors and filmmakers in the past and even in today’s generation. These actors do not play solely for the big screen, but they also appear on television and theater stages. Listed below are three of the most well-known actors that Italy had successfully produced in the past and contributed to the film legacy of the country.
- Vittorio De Sica
He is a well-known actor and director during the Italian neorealism or Golden Age from 1940s to 1970s. Vittorio de Sica was born in a poor family in southern Italy, Naples. Before being a renowned actor and film maker, he started as an office clerk to make a living for his family. He had his eyes on theater since he was in his teen years, so he made his debut on a theater performance in 1923. He became a tragic filmmaker in the 1940s, and he has won several Academy Awards. He passed away in 1974 at age 73 after his surgery in Paris.
- Marcello Mastroianni
Mastroianni starred in various blockbuster movies in his years including Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Marriage Italian Style, Days of Love, and Stannotuttibene. Several film academy awards recognized his performances and awarded him the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award and two Golden Globe Award. The debut onscreen appearance of Marcello Mastroianni is the 1939 comedy film Marionette where is played as an extra. He got his first major role in the 1951 Italian movie Attod’accusa, and he cast in international films such as Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960). In 996, he died of pancreatic cancer at age 72. His last big screen appearance is the 1997 Portuguese-Frenechdaram film Voyage to the Beginning of the World.
- Gian Maria Volonte
Aside from his acting prowess, GianVolonte is famous for his fiery temper on and off screen, as well as his leftist beliefs. The prize-winning Italian actor came from a wealthy family from Milan, but he spent majority of his life in Turin. He trained his acting skills in Rome at the AccademiaNazionale di Arte Dramatica Silvio D’Amico. Furthermore, he appeared in television and theater stages for Shakespeare and Goldoni performance. In 1960, he made his film debut for the Italian-American movie Sotto diecebandiere (Under Ten Flags). Volonte gained international fame after the success of his films and his memorable portrayal of his roles. He won several awards in different film festivals such as Best Actor for the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, Silver Bear for Bast Actor at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival, and Best European Actor at the Venice Film Festival.