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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 1, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: La Spezia, IT Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, producer

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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. ...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Ternosecco (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Omamamia (2012)
3.
 Sleight of Hand (2012)
4.
5.
 Bastardi (2008)
7.
 Salvatore (2006)
8.
 Casino Royale (2006)
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10.
 Darkness (2004) Albert Rua
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1961:
Made stage debut playing Puck in production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1964:
Played the male lead in a production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"
1965:
Made feature film debut in "Fango sulla Metropoli"
1966:
First collaboration with Lina Wertmuller, the stage production of "Two and Two Are No Longer Four"
1966:
Had first film collaboration with Lina Wertmuller, "Rita la Zanzara"
1969:
Appeared in first US production, "The Secret of Santa Vittoria"
1972:
First leading role as Mimi in Wertmuller's "Mimi Metallurgico Ferito Nell 'Onore"
1975:
Produced first feature, Wertmuller's "Pasqualino Settebellezze"; also played the title character
1975:
Starred in the Italian film "Seven Beauties" for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor
1981:
Appeared in Fassbinder's "Lili Marleen"
1984:
Co-starred with JoBeth Williams in "American Dreamer"
1986:
Made directorial debut with "Ternosecco"; also co-starred
1989:
Starred in the "Life without Zoe" (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) segment of "New York Stories"
1990:
TV debut in the Cinemax documentary, "Anthony Quinn"
1992:
Starred in the Eugene Levy directed comedy "Once Upon a Crime..."
1994:
Played Laban, father-in-law of "Jacob" in the TNT miniseries
1995:
Played the role of the protective father in "A Walk in the Clouds"
1997:
Co-starred in the sci-Fi thriller "Mimic"
2001:
Cast as Inspector Pazzi in "Hannibal" the sequel to "Silence of the Lambs"
2003:
Starred opposite Maggie Smith in the HBO special "My House in Umbria"
2004:
Cast in Tony Scott's "Man of Fire" co-starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning
2006:
Cast as René Mathis in "Casino Royale" opposite Daniel Craig in his first film as James Bond
2008:
Reprised role of René Mathis in "Quantum of Solace"; second collaboration with Craig as Bond
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Education

Accademia Nazionale di Arti Drammatica: - 1963

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son:
Lorenzo Giannini.
son:
Adriano Giannini. Actor. Appeared in "Love, Sex, Drugs and Money" (2002), a remake of "Swept Away ...".

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