Stefano Dionisi

Actor, Waiter, Restaurant deliveryman
Romantic leading man Stefano Dionisi began his career in his native Italy, appearing with Valerie Perrine in the TV-movie "Rose" (1986), followed by a starring turn in episode five of the immensely popular Mafia drama ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1966 in Italy

Filmography

Actor (31)

Mille Bolle Blu 2014 (Movie)

Antonio (Actor)

Family Game 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Physics of Water 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Antonio Vivaldi, a Prince of Venice 2005 (Movie)

Antonio Vivaldi (Actor)

Raul - Diritto di uccidere 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Another Life 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gloomy Sunday 2003 (Movie)

Andras Aradi (Actor)

Children of the Century 2002 (Movie)

Pagello (Actor)

Ginostra 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Johnny the Partisan 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sleepless 2001 (Movie)

Giacomo (Actor)

Il Partigiano Johnny 1999 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

The Loss of Sexual Innocence 1999 (Movie)

Lucca (Actor)

Claudine's Return 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Il Prezzo 1998 (Movie)

Romano (Actor)

Pereira Declares 1998 (Movie)

Monteiro Rossi (Actor)

The Truce 1998 (Movie)

Daniele (Actor)

Running Against 1997 (Movie)

Pablo (Actor)

Shooting the Moon 1997 (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

Bambola 1996 (Movie)

Flavio (Actor)

The Arcane Enchanter 1996 (Movie)

Giacomo (Actor)

Farinelli 1995 (Movie)

Carlo Broschi-- (Actor)

Father and Son 1994 (Movie)

Gabriele (Actor)

Fugueuses 1994 (Movie)

Eugenio (Actor)

La Ribelle 1993 (Movie)

Franchino (Actor)

Going South 1991 (Movie)

Eugenio (Actor)

Lettera da Parigi 1991 (Movie)

Marco (Actor)

Sabato Italiano 1991 (Movie)

Ricky (Actor)

Il Segreto 1990 (Movie)

Carlo (Actor)

Traces of a Love Life 1990 (Movie)

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Joseph (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Romantic leading man Stefano Dionisi began his career in his native Italy, appearing with Valerie Perrine in the TV-movie "Rose" (1986), followed by a starring turn in episode five of the immensely popular Mafia drama series "La Piova/The Octopus" in 1987. While his feature debut came opposite Nastassja Kinski in "Il Segretto/The Secret" (1990), the picture that really launched him to international prominence was Gerard Corbiau's Oscar-nominated "Farinelli" (1994), which cast him as 18th Century castrato singing sensation Carlo Broschi. Charming and compellingly handsome, Dionisi came across as a modern, narcissistic "superstar", and the actor's preparation for the role included several months' study with Belgian music coach Daniel Lipnick to master the lip-synching for the digitally-fused voices of counter-tenor Derek Lee Ragin and soprano Ewa Mallas Godlewska that approximated the famous castrato's beautiful tenor.

"Farinelli" proved he was not afraid of controversial roles and led to his first English-language part as Pharaoh in the TNT miniseries "Moses" (1995), starring Ben Kingsley. After acting with Marcello Mastroianni in "Pereira Declares" (also 1995; released in the USA in 1998), Dionisi bleached his hair blond to play Valeria Marini's gay brother in "Bambola" (1996) and lost weight and sported a buzz cut to play an Auschwitz survivor and friend to Primo Levi (John Turturro) for Francesco Rosi's "The Truce/La Truega" (1997). He reteamed with Antonio Tibaldi, who had previously directed him in "Running Against/Correre Contro" (1996), for "Claudine's Return" (1998), starring Christina Applegate as a bohemian laundress trying to escape her painful childhood memories. Dionisi then did some globe-trotting, appearing in Mike Figgis' British-made "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" and the German movie "Gloomy Sunday" (both 1999) and the French biopic "Les Enfants du siecle/Children of the Century" (lensed 1999), supporting Juliette Binoche as pioneering feminist writer George Sand.

Relationships

Lisa

Companion
lived with her for six months during his stay in NYC during the mid-1980s

Milo Dionisi

Son
born on March 18, 1998 mother, Annie Stewart

Annie Stewart

Companion
worked as location manager for several of Mike Figgis' films and produced the director's "The Loss of Sexual Innocence" (1999)

Milestones

1999

Played pianist and composer Andras in German movie "Gloomy Sunday"

1999

Portrayed Lucca in Mike Figgis' "The Loss of Sexual Imnnocence"

1998

Signed the "Telefood Appeal Against World Hunger" and did a promotional spot for them

1998

Acted opposite Valeria Golino in "Shooting the Moon/L'Albero delle pere/The Pear Tree"; also acted with Golino in TV miniseries "La Vita che verra/The Life to Come"

1998

Co-starred opposite Christina Applegate in Tibaldi's "Claudine's Return", playing a hotel handyman who drifts into her life

1997

Altered his appearance with a buzz cut and by losing weight to play Auschwitz survivor Daniele, friend to Primo Levi (John Turturro), in "La Treuga/The Truce"

1996

Played Pablo in Antonio Tibaldi's "Running Against"

1996

Dyed his hair platinum blond to play the gay brother of "Bambola" (Valeria Marini), a beautiful, maddening woman over whom various men fight and die

1995

Acted with Marcello Mastroianni in "Pereira Declares"

1995

Played Pharoah in TNT miniseries "Joseph", starring Ben Kingsley

1994

Starred as Carlo Broschi, castrato singing superstar of the 18th century in "Farinelli"; role launched him to international prominence

1990

Feature debut in "Il Segretto/The Secret", co-starring Nastassja Kinski

1987

Starred in episode five of the immensely popular Mafia drama series "La Piova/The Octopus"

1986

Acted with Valerie Perrine in the TV-movie "Rose", directed by Tomasso Sherman

Moved to NYC to work for a year and learn English; was a waiter in a restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for awhile; also delivered orders for a Greek restaurant near Madison Square Garden

Acted the part of Italian doctor Pagello in "Les Enfants du siecle" (wrapped 1999), Diane Kurys' biopic of feminist writer George Sand starring Juliette Binoche

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