Giancarlo Giannini

Actor, Producer, Director
A soulful performer in international productions since the 1960s, actor Giancarlo Giannini was a staple of the arthouse cinema scene in his native Italy before expanding to American features and even TV movies in the ... Read more »
Born: 07/31/1942 in La Spezia, IT

Filmography

Actor (99)

New York Crossing 2015 (Movie)

Enzo (Actor)

Sleight of Hand 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

AmeriQua 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Omamamia 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bastardi 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

Rene Mathis (Actor)

Milano Palermo: Il Ritorno 2007 (Movie)

Turi Arcangelo Leofonte (Actor)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

Mathis (Actor)

Salvatore 2006 (Movie)

Timpaliscia (Actor)

Shadows in the Sun 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Raul - Diritto di uccidere 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tirante El Blanco 2005 (Movie)

Emperor of Byzantium (Actor)

Darkness 2004 (Movie)

Albert Rua (Actor)

Incantato 2004 (Movie)

Cesare (Actor)

Man on Fire 2004 (Movie)

Manzano (Actor)

The Whole Shebang 2004 (Movie)

Pop Bazinni (Actor)

L' Acqua, il Fuoco 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Piazza of the Five Moons 2003 (Movie)

Branco (Actor)

CQ 2002 (Movie)

Enzo (Actor)

Ciao America 2002 (Movie)

Zio Felice (Actor)

Forever 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Joshua 2002 (Movie)

Pope (Actor)

Frank Herbert's Dune 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

God's Bankers 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (Actor)

Momo Alla Conquista del Tempo 2001 (Movie)

(Voice)

Ti Voglio Bene, Eugenio 2001 (Movie)

Eugenio (Actor)

Una Noche con Sabrina Love 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vipera 2001 (Movie)

Gustamacchia (Actor)

Francesca and Nunziata 2000 (Movie)

Prince Giordano Montorsi (Actor)

Une Lunga Lunga Lunga Notte d'Amore 2000 (Movie)

Marcello (Actor)

Dolce Farniente 1999 (Movie)

Count Nencini (Actor)

Vuoti a perdere 1999 (Movie)

Cesena (Actor)

The Dinner 1998 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

Heaven Before I Die 1997 (Movie)

Thief (Actor)

Mas Alla del Jardin 1997 (Movie)

Bernardo (Actor)

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca 1997 (Movie)

Taxi (Actor)

Vacation in Hell 1996 (Movie)

Ortega (Actor)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

Alberto Aragon (Actor)

La Frontiera 1995 (Movie)

Von Zirkenitz (Actor)

La Lupa 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celluloide 1994 (Movie)

Sergio Amidei (Actor)

Like Two Crocodiles 1994 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Palermo-Milan Solo Andata 1994 (Movie)

Turi Leofonte (Actor)

Once Upon A Crime 1992 (Movie)

Inspector Bonnard (Actor)

Lo Zio Indegno 1991 (Movie)

Riccardo (Actor)

Anthony Quinn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Divertimenti nella casa privata 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Il Male Oscuro 1990 (Movie)

Giuseppe Marchi (Actor)

Love and Anarchy 1990 (Movie)

Tunin (Actor)

Nel giardino delle rose 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood Red 1989 (Movie)

Sebastian Collogero (Actor)

Brown Bread Sandwiches 1989 (Movie)

Alberto (Actor)

Lili Marleen 1989 (Movie)

Robert Mendelssohn (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Claudio (Actor)

O Re 1989 (Movie)

Francesco (Actor)

Tempo Di Uccidere 1989 (Movie)

Major (Actor)

Snack Bar Budapest 1988 (Movie)

The Lawyer (Actor)

I Picari 1987 (Movie)

Guzman (Actor)

Saving Grace 1986 (Movie)

Abalardi (Actor)

Sins 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fever Pitch 1985 (Movie)

Charley Peru (Actor)

Ternosecco 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Dreamer 1984 (Movie)

Victor Marchand (Actor)

Mi Manda Picone 1983 (Movie)

Salvatore (Actor)

Bello Mio Bellezza Mia 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Vita e bella 1981 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Buone Notizie 1978 (Movie)

Husband (Actor)

Travels With Anita 1977 (Movie)

Guido (Actor)

I Nuovi Mostri 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

L' Innocente 1975 (Movie)

Tullio Hermil (Actor)

A Mezzanotte va la ronda del Piacere 1974 (Movie)

Gino Benacio (Actor)

Fatti di Gente Perbene 1974 (Movie)

Tullio Murri (Actor)

Pasqualino Settebellezze 1974 (Movie)

Pasqualino Settebellezze (Actor)

Il Bestione 1973 (Movie)

Nino Patrovita (Actor)

Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzuro mare d'Agosto 1973 (Movie)

Gennarino Carunchio (Actor)

Tutto a Posto e Niente In Ordine 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paolo Il Caldo 1972 (Movie)

Paolo Castorini (Actor)

Sessomatto 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ettore lo Fusto 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Prima Notte di Quiete 1971 (Movie)

Spider (Actor)

La Tarantola dal Ventre Nero 1971 (Movie)

Inspector Tellini (Actor)

Mimi Metallurgico Ferito Nell 'Onore 1971 (Movie)

Mimi (Actor)

Sono Stato Io 1971 (Movie)

Biagio Solise (Actor)

Mio Padre Monsignore 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arabella 1969 (Movie)

Saverio (Actor)

Fraulein Doktor 1969 (Movie)

Lieutenant Hans Ruppert (Actor)

The Pizza Triangle 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 (Movie)

Fabio (Actor)

Anzio 1968 (Movie)

Cellini (Actor)

Don't Sting the Mosquitoa 1966 (Movie)

Paolo Randi (Actor)

Greener Fields (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob (TV Show)

Actor

My House in Umbria (TV Show)

Actor

Sins (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Buone Notizie 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pasqualino Settebellezze 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Ternosecco 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A soulful performer in international productions since the 1960s, actor Giancarlo Giannini was a staple of the arthouse cinema scene in his native Italy before expanding to American features and even TV movies in the 1980s and beyond. His melancholic demeanor made him ideal for downtrodden Everymen or other hard-luck types for whom life is a daily act of survival. He received his greatest showcases from director Lina Wertmuller, who cast him in nearly all of his films, most notably "Seven Beauties" (1973), which earned him an Oscar nomination as a concentration camp inmate who debases himself to stay alive. Unlike many of his contemporaries from Europe, Giannini was remarkably active in the 1990s and early 2000s, where his mastery of English and a variety of accents gained him entry into the American market. There, he lent solid support to a number of high-profile pictures, including "A Walk in the Clouds" (1995), "Hannibal" (2001), "Casino Royale" (2006) and its sequel, "Quantum of Solace" (2008). Giannini's enormously empathetic presence and vast body of well-regarded work made him one of the most respected international performers of the latter half of the 20th century and beyond.

Born Aug. 1, 1942 in the Italian town of La Spezia in Liguria, he was originally interested in electronics, studying it in Naples for a decade before shifting his interest to acting. At 18, he joined the Academy of Dramatic Art D'Amico in Rome, and made his stage debut as Puck in a 1961 production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Giannini quickly amassed a wealth of theatrical experience, including a turn as Romeo in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" for Franco Zefferelli in 1964. His screen debut came with "Fango di Metropoli" in 1965, as did his first television appearance as Charles Dickens' hero "David Copperfield" for RAI. The following year, Giannini starred in the play "Two and Two are No Longer Four" by Swiss-born writer and director Lina Wertmuller. The two quickly developed a rapport, which led to Wertmuller casting him in her film "Rita the Mosquito" (1967), which would precede a long and fruitful collaboration between the actor and the director, both as co-muses and production partners.

Giannini's U.S. film debut came a year later in the World War II action-drama "Anzio" (1968), which was followed by "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" (1969), which cast him as an Italian villager aiding Anthony Quinn in hiding his town's precious cache of wine from the Nazis. But by the early 1970s, he was working almost exclusively in Italy with Wertmuller, who gave Giannini some of his greatest showcases as a performer. Sensing his capacity for finding both the humor and tragedy in every situation, Wertmuller cast him as decidedly average men who must rise above their mundane circumstances to extract themselves from unusual and even dire predicaments. In "The Seduction of Mimi" (1973), his dense, stubborn quarry worker is embroiled in a variety of sticky situations, including a show-stopping scene in which he attempts to get revenge on a local Fascist by impregnating his morbidly obese wife. "Love and Anarchy" (1973) earned him top acting honors at the Cannes Film Festival as an naïve Italian peasant whose plans to assassinate Mussolini are undone after he falls in love with an apolitical prostitute. Their first big box office success came with "Swept Away " (1974), a politically imbued sex comedy about a Marxist deckhand (Giannini) and a spoiled bourgeoisie (Mariangelo Melato) who become unlikely lovers after they are stranded on a desert island.

"Seven Beauties" (1975) thrust Giannini into the international spotlight when he received an Oscar nomination for his performance as a two-bit hood who must seduce a monstrous Nazi officer (Shirley Stoler) in order to survive his internment in a concentration camp. The pair would work together on several subsequent films, including her first American-made film, "A Night Full of Rain" (1977), and "Blood Feud" (1978), but Giannini soon found himself in demand with other directors, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who cast him as a Jewish musician arrested by the Nazis in "Lili Marleen" (1981). He also began a long and lucrative career dubbing the voices of numerous top American actors for the Italian market, including Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino. Giannini's dubbing for Nicholson in "The Shining" (1980) reportedly earned him a fan letter from the film's director, Stanley Kubrick, himself.

In the 1980s, Giannini began making inroads into international productions, especially in America, where his fluent English helped him land numerous roles in features and television. His efforts in this market were frequently hit-or-miss - for every "American Dreamer" (1984) or "Fever Pitch" (1985) for Richard Brooks, there was something like "Sins" (CBS, 1986), a sudsy miniseries with Joan Collins - but occasionally, he landed a quality project like Francis Ford Coppola's segment of "New York Stories" (1989), which cast him as the divorced father of a young girl on a fairy tale adventure. Giannini also made his directorial debut during this period with "Ternosecco" (1986), which he also wrote.

In 1995, Giannini received his widest exposure to American audiences as the proud patriarch of a Sacramento wine vineyard in Alfonso Arau's "A Walk in the Clouds." Though dismissed by many as a sudsy remake of the 1942 Italian film "Quattro Passi Fra Le Nuove," its romantic tone and sweeping cinematography won the hearts of many movieg rs. Giannini soon became a semi-regular face in American features, frequently as cagey, well-lived older men with a degree of insight to share with the film's leads. He was the corrupt Emperor Shaddam IV in the miniseries adaptation of "Frank Herbert's Dune" (Sci Fi Channel, 2000), and an Italian detective on the trail of Anthony Hopkins in "Hannibal" (2001). The HBO production "My House in Umbria" (2003) found him as another Italian cop attempting to solve a train bombing, while "Man on Fire" (2004) saw him sharing the screen with Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. Giannini also remained remarkably active in Italian productions during this period, with up to five features to his name in a single year.

In 2006, he joined the revamped James Bond franchise with a major supporting role in "Casino Royale." His character, Rene Mathis, was a suave French agent who appears to aid Bond throughout his adventure, only to serve as his undoing by revealing key information to his adversary, Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). Giannini returned as Mathis in the sequel, "Quantum of Solace" (2008), in which he is cleared of any wrongdoing, only to be killed by corrupt police officials after aiding Bond.

Relationships

Lorenzo Giannini

Son
Born in 1967 mother, Livia Giampalmo

Livia Giampalmo Screenplay

Wife
Married from 1967-1975

Adriano Giannini

Son
Born May 10, 1971 mother, Livia Giampalmo co-starred with Madonna in Guy Ritchie's "Swept Away" (2002), a remake of the original 1974 film in which his father played the same role

EDUCATION

Accademia Nazionale di Arti Drammatica

1963

Milestones

2008

Reprised role of René Mathis in "Quantum of Solace"; second collaboration with Craig as Bond

2006

Cast as René Mathis in "Casino Royale" opposite Daniel Craig in his first film as James Bond

2004

Cast in Tony Scott's "Man of Fire" co-starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning

2003

Starred opposite Maggie Smith in the HBO special "My House in Umbria"

2001

Cast as Inspector Pazzi in "Hannibal" the sequel to "Silence of the Lambs"

1997

Co-starred in the sci-Fi thriller "Mimic"

1995

Played the role of the protective father in "A Walk in the Clouds"

1994

Played Laban, father-in-law of "Jacob" in the TNT miniseries

1992

Starred in the Eugene Levy directed comedy "Once Upon a Crime..."

1990

TV debut in the Cinemax documentary, "Anthony Quinn"

1989

Starred in the "Life without Zoe" (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) segment of "New York Stories"

1986

Made directorial debut with "Ternosecco"; also co-starred

1984

Co-starred with JoBeth Williams in "American Dreamer"

1981

Appeared in Fassbinder's "Lili Marleen"

1975

Starred in the Italian film "Seven Beauties" for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor

1975

Produced first feature, Wertmuller's "Pasqualino Settebellezze"; also played the title character

1972

First leading role as Mimi in Wertmuller's "Mimi Metallurgico Ferito Nell 'Onore"

1968

Appeared in first US production, "The Secret of Santa Vittoria"

1966

Had first film collaboration with Lina Wertmuller, "Rita la Zanzara"

1966

First collaboration with Lina Wertmuller, the stage production of "Two and Two Are No Longer Four"

1965

Made feature film debut in "Fango sulla Metropoli"

1964

Played the male lead in a production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"

1961

Made stage debut playing Puck in production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Bonus Trivia

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He dubbed Jack Nicholson's voice in the Italian release of both "The Shining" (1980) and "Batman" (1989).

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