Giancarlo Giannini

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Born in Spezia, Italy, Giancarlo Giannini spent his youth in Naples. He attended the National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1961 and made his debut onstage the following year as Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, followed by performances in The Dream, Memories of a Lady Friend, and Romeo and Juliet.

Giannini started working with director Lina Wertmuller when he landed a role in her play, Two and Two are No Longer Four. Following the play, the two would have a long lasting working relationship as Lina used him in a series of starring roles that cast him as dull-witted, naive, pompous, and/or slovenly characters. Some of the more notable films she cast him in were Love and Anarchy (1973); her first internationally acclaimed feature, The Seduction of Mimi (1974), playing an innocent stooge duped into an assassination plot; Swept Away (1975) and Seven Beauties (1976). In this last film, he played Pasqualino, a concentration camp inmate who suffers humiliation and degradation in a desperate effort to survive. It earned Giannini an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Efforts to broaden his appeal to Anglo audiences resulted in a few box office flops, including American Dreamer (1984), Fever Pitch (1985) and Blood Red (1989).

Giannini was back in form though as the hapless nephew of scheming Vittorio Gassman in The Sleazy Uncle (1991), and as a deadpan police inspector in Once Upon a Crime (1992). He was also charming in the otherwise forgettable Francis Ford Coppola-directed sequence of New York Stories (1989) and played Rene Mathis in the Bond film, Casino Royale (2006).

In 1999, Giannini received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Italian Film Awards. He started off the new millennium playing Emperor Shaddam in the television mini series Dune, and had major roles in The Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal, and Roman Coppola's C.Q. (both 2001).

In 2002 he won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Milan Film Festival.

In 2006, he played Rene Mathis in Casino Royale, a film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond. Two years later, he resumed his role in Quantum of Solace (2008). Subsequent years were almost mainly marked by the release of Italian productions. One of the works that stood out was the biographical drama The Catcher Was a Spy (2018), starring Paul Rudd. He also played a supporting role as Marcello on the Hulu mini-series Catch-22 (2019), starring Kyle Chandler.

Giannini has two sons with his ex-wife, Livia. He has been married to second wife Eurilla del Bono since 1983, with whom he also has two children.


The Catcher Was a Spy (2017)
Il Ragazzo Della Giudecca (2016)
On Air : Storia di un Successo (2016)
Di tutti i colori (2014)
The First Line (2014)
The Gambler Who Wouldn’t Die (2013)
AmeriQua (2013)
Omamamia (2012)
La prima notte della luna (2010)
La bella società (2010)
God's Spy (2009)
Medeni mesec (2009)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Milano-Palermo: il ritorno (2007)
Bastardi (2007)
Casino Royale (2006)
Tirante el Blanco (2006)
Estrenando sueños (2006)
Shadow Dancer (2004)
Darkness (2004)
Man on Fire (2004)
Per sempre (2003)
L'acqua.. il fuoco (2003
Piazza delle cinque lune (2003)
Il cuore altrove (2003)
Il consiglio d'Egitto (2002)
Joshua (2002)
I banchieri di Dio (2002)
Ciao America (2002)
Ti voglio bene Eugenio (2002)
Momo alla conquista del tempo (2002)
The Whole Shebang (2001)
Francesca e Nunziata (2001)
CQ (2001)
Vipera (2001)
Hannibal (2001)
Welcome Albania (2000)
The Whole Shebang (2000)
Il Potere della speranza (1999)
Terra bruciata (1999)
Milonga (1999)
Sweet Idleness (1999)
No Deposit, No Return (1999)
The Room of the Scirocco (1998)
La Cena (1998)
Heaven Before I Die (1997)
Beyond the Garden (1997)
Una Vacanza all'inferno (1997)
Mimic (1997)
The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1997)
Cervellini fritti impanati (1996)
La Frontiera (1996)
New York Crossing (1996)
Last Target (1996)
La Lupa (1996)
Celluloide (1996)
Camino sin retorno (1995)
Palermo Milano solo andata (1995)
A Walk in the Clouds (1995)
Come due coccodrilli (1994)
Giovanni Falcone (1993)
Once Upon a Crime... (1992)
Criminals (1991)
I Divertimenti della vita privata (1990)
Male oscuro, Il (1990)
Prima di Natale (1990)
Time to Kill (1990)
Sunshine Even by Night (1990) (voice)
The King of Naples (1989)
Good Night, Michaelangelo (1989)
New York Stories (1989)
The Sleazy Uncle (1989)
Blood Red (1988)
I Picari (1988)
Snack Bar Budapest (1988)
Sweet Carioca (1988)
I Numeri del lotto (1986)
Ternosecco (1986)
Fever Pitch (1985)
Saving Grace (1985)
I Capitoni (1984)
Mi manda Picone (1984)
American Dreamer (1984)
Escape (1983)
Bello mio, bellezza mia (1982)
Lili Marleen (1981)
Bloodline (1979)
Good News (1979)
Blood Feud (1979)
Suffer or Die (1979)
A Trip with Anita (1979)
Life Is Beautiful (1979)
Viva Italia! (1978)
Shimmy, lugano, tarantelle e vino (1978)
A Night Full of Rain (1978)
Seven Beauties (1976)
The Innocent (1976)
Swept Away (1975)
Midnight Pleasures (1975)
Il Bestione (1974)
Fatti di gente per bene (1974)
Love and Anarchy (1973)
The Sensuous Sicilian (1973)
How Funny Can Sex Be? (1973)
All Screwed Up (1973)
Sono stato io! (1973)
The Professor (1972)
Black Belly of the Tarantula (1972)
The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
Ettore lo fusto (1971)
Mazzabubù... quante corna stanno quaggiù? (1971)
Mio padre Monsignore (1971)
Un aller simple (1971)
Don Camillo VI (1970)
Una Prostituta al servizio del pubblico e in regola con le leggi dello stato (1970)
Una Macchia rosa (1970)
Drama of Jealousy (1970)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
The Sisters (1969)
Fraulein Doktor (1969)
The Battle for Anzio (1968)
Arabella (1967)
Libido (1967)
Don't Sting the Mosquito (1967)
I'll Try Tonight (1967)
Rita the Mosquito (1966)
Fango sulla metropoli (1965)