Roberto Benigni Biography (1952-)

Born October 27, 1952, in Misericordia, Arezzo, Italy; son of Luigi (a farmer, carpenter, and bricklayer) and Isolina (a fabric inspector) Benigni; married Nicoletta Braschi (an actress), 1991. Addresses: Publicist: Nancy Seltzer, Nancy Seltzer and Associates, 6220 Del Valle Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Contact: Ira Schreck, Schreck Rose & Dapello, 660 Madison Ave., 10thFloor, New York, NY.

Nationality
Italian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, standup comedian, writer
Birth Details
October 27, 1952
Misericordia, Italy

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Cioni Mario, Berlingeur ti voglio bene (also known as I Love You, Berlinguer), [Italy], 1977
  • Letti selvage (also known as Four Tigers in Lipstick, Tigers in Lipstick, Wild Beds, and Camas calientes), [Italy],1979
  • I giorni cantati (also known as The Days Are Numbered), [Italy], 1979
  • Roberto, Chiedo asilo (also known as Seeking Asylum), Gaumont-Italia, 1979
  • Clair de femme (also known as Womanlight, Chiaro di donna, and Die Liebe einer Frau), Janus, 1979
  • Upholsterer, La luna, (also known as Luna), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Benigni, Il pap'occhio (also known as In the Pope's Eye), [Italy], 1981
  • Il Minestrone, [Italy], 1981
  • Anche i ladri hanno un santo, 1981
  • Benigno, Tu mi turbi (also known as You Disturb Me), [Italy], 1983
  • The beige sheik, F.F.S.S. cioe che mi hai portato a fare sopra Posillipo se non mi vuoi piu bene, [Italy], 1983
  • Lieto Fine, [Italy], 1983
  • Tutto Benigni, [Italy], 1983
  • Effetti personali (also known as Personal Effects), 1983
  • Saverio, Non ci resta che piangere (also known as Nothing Leftto Do But Cry), Cecchi Gori Group, 1984
  • Bob, Coffee and Cigarettes (short film), Cecchi Gori Group, 1986
  • Roberto, Down by Law, Island, 1986
  • Guiditta, Il piccolo diavolo (also known as The Little Devil), Cecchi Gori Group, 1988
  • Ivo Salvini, La voce della luna (also known as The Voice of theMoon), Cecchi Gori Group, 1989
  • Dante and title role, Johnny Stecchino (also known as Johnny Toothpick), New Line Cinema, 1991
  • Driver in Rome, Night on Earth (also known as LANewYorkParisRomeHelsinki and Une nuit sur terre), Fine Line Features, 1991
  • Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau, Jr., Son of the Pink Panther (also known as Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther and Il figlio della pantera rosa), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Loris, Il mostro (also known as The Monster and Le monstre), Columbia/TriStar, 1994
  • Guido Orefice, La vita e bella (also known as Life Is Beautiful), Miramax, 1997
  • Lucius Detritus (Tullius Destructivus), Asterix et Obelix (also known as Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar, Asterix et Obelix versusCaesar, Asterix e Obelix contre Cesar, Asterix & Obelix gegen Caesar, and Asterix e Obelix contro Cesare), Films 7, 1998
  • "1986" segment, Cinematon, 2000
  • Title role, Pinocchio, Miramax, 2002
  • Film Director
  • Tu mi turbi (also known as You Disturb Me), [Italy], 1983
  • (With Massimo Troisi) Non ci resta che piangere (also known as Nothing Left to Do But Cry), Cecchi Gori Group, 1984
  • L'addio a Enrico Berlinguer, 1984
  • Il piccolo diavolo (also known as The Little Devil), CecchiGori Group, 1988
  • La voce della luna (also known as The Voice of the Moon), Cecchi Gori Group, 1989
  • Johnny Stecchino (also known as Johnny Toothpick), New LineCinema, 1991
  • Il mostro (also known as The Monster and Le monstre), Columbia/TriStar, 1994
  • La vita e bella (also known as Life Is Beautiful), Miramax,1997
  • Asterix et Obelix (also known as Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar, Asterix et Obelix versus Caesar, Asterix e Obelix contre Cesar, Asterix & Obelix gegen Caesar, and Asterix e Obelix contro Cesare), Films 7, 1998
  • Pinocchio, Miramax, 2002
  • Film Producer
  • Il mostro (also known as The Monster and Le monstre), Columbia/TriStar, 1994
  • Television Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in an episode of Willemsens Woche.
  • Other
  • The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (special), 1999
  • (In archive footage) Who Is Alan Smithee? (documentary special), American Movie Classics, 2002
  • Appeared as "faux film critic" in the Italian series L'altra domenica (also known as The Other Sunday); also appeared in the Italian broadcast Onda libre (also known as Free Wave).
  • Stage Appearances
  • Ciono Mario (monologue), tour of Italian cities, 1975
  • Also appeared in the solo show Tutto Benigni (also known as AllBenigni).
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Berlingeur ti voglio bene, [Italy], 1977
  • Chiedo asilo (also known as Seeking Asylum), Gaumont-Italia, 1979
  • Tu mi turbi (also known as You Disturb Me), [Italy], 1983
  • Non ci resta che piangere (based on a story by Benigni; also knownas Nothing Left to Do But Cry), Cecchi Gori Group, 1984
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (short film), Cecchi Gori Group, 1986
  • (With others) Il piccolo diavolo (also known as The Little Devil), Cecchi Gori Group, 1988
  • La voce della luna (also known as The Voice of the Moon), Cecchi Gori Group, 1989
  • (With Vincenzo Cerami) Johnny Stecchino (also known as Johnny Toothpick), New Line Cinema, 1991
  • (With Cerami) Il mostro (also known as The Monster and Le monstre), Columbia/TriStar, 1994
  • (With Cerami) La vita e bella (also known as Life Is Beautiful), Miramax, 1997
  • Asterix et Obelix (also known as Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar, Asterix et Obelix versus Caesar, Asterix e Obelix contre Cesar, Asterix & Obelix gegen Caesar, and Asterix e Obelix contro Cesare), Films 7, 1998
  • Pinocchio, Miramax, 2002

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Celli, Carlo, The Divine Comic: The Cinema of Roberto Benigni, Scarecrow Press (Lanham, MD), 2001
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Newsmakers 1999, Issue 2, Gale, 1999
    Periodicals
    • Economist, January 17, 1998, p. 78
    • Entertainment Weekly, October 15, 1993, p. 82; June 26, 1998, p. 24; December 4, 1998, pp. 50-52; March 1, 1999, pp. 22, 108; April 9, 1999, pp. 8-9
    • Indi, September, 1998, pp. 20-21
    • Interview, November, 1998, p. 78
    • Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1998, pp. 29-30, 124
    • New Republic, January 31, 1994, pp. 28-29
    • Newsweek, February 8, 1999, pp. 58-60, 63
    • New York Times Magazine, October 11, 1998, pp. 42-45
    • People Weekly, March 8, 1999, p. 101
    • Premiere, November, 1998, p. 75
    • Pulse!, December, 1998, pp. 171-73
    • Time International, February 23, 1998, pp. 55-57
    • USA Today, May 19, 1998, p. 8B
    • Variety, December 22, 1997, p. 61; February 9, 1998, p. 57
    Electronic
    • Cecchi Gori Group, http://www.cecchigori.com

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