Giancarlo Giannini

Active - 1965 - 2018  |   Born - Jul 13, 1942 in La Spezia, Liguria, Italia  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Hal Erickson

An alumnus of Rome's Theater Academy, Giancarlo Giannini could have enjoyed a comfortable career as a suave, mustachioed, two-dimensional leading man. But Giannini prefers the creative challenges provided by the complex, contrary characters conjured up by his longtime collaborator, writer/director Lina Wertmuller. His association with Wertmuller dates back to 1965, when he appeared in her Theatre Academy stage production 2 Plus 2 is No Longer Four. He went on to star in many of her TV productions and in her breakthrough theatrical feature The Seduction of Mimi (1967); later on, he and Wertmuller formed their own production company, Liberty Films. In contrast with many another image-conscious male star, Giannini has shown no hesitation in playing self-involved jerks with profound character flaws. In 1973, he won the Cannes Film Festival "Best Actor" award for his performance as a half-hearted political assassin in Wertmuller's Love and Anarchy. Three years later, he earned an Oscar nomination for his work in Wertmuller's Seven Beauties (1976) as a concentration camp inmate who'll do anything to survive--including submitting to the kinky fantasies of the grotesquely unlovely female camp supervisor. While his appearances in other director's films are seldom as memorable as his pairings with Wertmuller, Giancarlo Giannini has worked harmoniously with filmmakers as diverse as Visconti, Fassbinder and Coppola.

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  • En el cine, debutó en 1965 con Fango sulla metropoli, para luego continuar con Mimí metalúrgico, herido en su honor (1972), Insólita aventura de verano (1974), y Siete bellezas (1976). Por esta última, fue nominado al Oscar.
  • Tuvo la fortuna de ser dirigido por grandes directores como Luchino Visconti (El inocente, 1976), Nanni Loy (Mi manda Picone, 1984), Mario Monicelli (Viaggio con Anita, 1979) y Dino Risi (Sessomatto, 1973).
  • En 2004, actuó como Miguel Manzano en Man on fire de Tony Scott, compartiendo créditos con Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin y Mickey Rourke.
  • Es miembro del club 007 con su actuación como Rene Mathis en la 21ª. película de James Bond Casino Royale (2006), y retoma el papel en la secuela, Quantum of Solace (2008).
  • Con Amor y Anarquía recibió el Premio del Festival de Cannes al Mejor Actor en 1974; además, recibió el premio David de Donatello al mejor actor en 5 oportunidades y en 2009, Giannini recibió una estrella en el Paseo de la Fama italiano en Toronto, Ontario, Canadá.