Roberto Benigni

  • Birth Name: Roberto Remigio Benigni
  • Birth Place: Castiglion Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian
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Fast Facts

  • Was raised in a house without water or electricity.
  • Studied at the Jesuits Seminary in Florence with an eye on the priesthood, only to shift gears after a flood destroyed the school.
  • Worked in the circus doing a magic trick with fire, until his mother noticed burns on his hands.  
  • Studied to be an accountant.
  • Famously stood on the theater seats to acknowledge the crowd as 1997's Life Is Beautiful won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
  • Based Life Is Beautiful on his father's experiences in a WWII concentration camp.
  • Became the first Best Actor Oscar winner for a non-English-speaking role. Also joined Laurence Olivier as the only men to direct themselves in Oscar-winning performances. 
  • Honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

Awards

  • 1998, David di Donatello Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1998, Nastri d'argento — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1998, David di Donatello Awards — Best Script: Winner
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  • 1998, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2003, David di Donatello Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2017, David di Donatello Awards — Special David (Honorary): Winner
  • 2006, Berlin Film Festival — Special Award - Silver Bear: Winner
  • 1998, Toronto International Film Festival — People's Choice Award: Winner
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2000, European Film Awards — European Achievement in World Cinema: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Nastri d'argento — Best Director: Winner
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1999, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film not in the English Language: Nominee
  • 1998, David di Donatello Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1998, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1998, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1998, David di Donatello Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 1992, David di Donatello Awards — Special David (Honorary): Winner
  • 2006, Nastri d'argento — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1998, David di Donatello Awards — David of the Youth: Winner
  • 1989, David di Donatello Awards — Best Actor: Winner
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  • 1998, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Isolina Papini — Mother
  • Alberta Benigni — Sister
  • Bruna Benigni — Sister
  • Nicoletta Braschi — Wife
  • Anna Benigni — Sister
  • Remigio Benigni — Father

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  • Birth Name: Roberto Remigio Benigni
  • Birth Place: Castiglion Fiorentino, Firenze, Italy
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian