Giancarlo Giannini

Giancarlo Giannini.jpg
Giannini in 2009
Born (1942-08-01) 1 August 1942 (age 80)
Alma materAccademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico
Occupation
  • Actor
  • voice actor
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1967; div. 1975)

Eurilla del Bono
(m. 1983)
Children4, including Adriano

Giancarlo Giannini (born 1 August 1942) is an Italian actor and voice actor. He won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973) and received an Academy Award nomination for Seven Beauties (1975). He is also a four-time recipient of the David di Donatello Award for Best Actor.

Giannini began his career on stage, starring in Franco Zeffirelli's productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. After appearing predominantly on television throughout the early 1960s, he had his first lead role in a film in Rita the Mosquito (1965), the first of many collaborations with filmmaker Lina Wertmüller. He rose to international stardom through Wertmüller's The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973), Swept Away (1974), culminating in his Oscar-nominated turn in Seven Beauties (1975).[1]

His other films include The Innocent (1976), Lili Marleen (1980), New York Stories (1990), A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Man on Fire (2004), and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is also a dubbing artist, contributing voice work to the Italian-language versions of dozens of films since the 1960s.[2] He has been the official Italian dubber of Al Pacino since 1975,[3] and has also dubbed Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, and Helmut Berger.

Early life

Giannini was born in La Spezia and he spent most of his childhood in the settlement of Pitelli. In 1952, Giannini and his family moved to Naples where he received a diploma in electronic engineering at the Alessandro Volta Technological State Technical Institute. During his teen years, he moved to Rome and studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico.

Acting career

Stage

Giannini made his stage debut at the age of 18, opposite Lilla Brignone in In memoria di una signora amica, directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. His breakthrough came when he was cast by Franco Zeffirelli in a production of Romeo and Juliet which played at The Old Vic.[4]

Film and television

Giannini on the set of the film The Sensual Man, c. 1973
Giannini on the set of the film The Sensual Man, c. 1973

Giannini made his film debut in a small part in I criminali della metropoli in 1965. He appeared in supporting roles in Anzio and The Secret of Santa Vittoria, and starred in the original version of Swept Away. In 1967, he was a special guest on an episode of Mina's TV show "Sabato Sera". In 1971, he appeared in E le stelle stanno a guardare, a television adaptation of A. J. Cronin's novel The Stars Look Down.[5]

Giannini won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973).[6][7] In 1976, he starred in Seven Beauties, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[8] Giannini is known for his starring roles in films directed by Lina Wertmüller. In addition to Seven Beauties and Swept Away, he also appeared in The Seduction of Mimi, Love and Anarchy, A Night Full of Rain, and Francesca e Nunziata.[citation needed]

Giannini has also achieved some international success. His fluency in English has brought him a number of featured roles in Hollywood productions, most notably as Inspector Pazzi in Hannibal. He also appeared in Man on Fire. Giannini played Alberto Aragón in A Walk in the Clouds in 1995, and Emperor Shaddam IV in the 2000 Dune miniseries.[9] In 2002, he starred in the horror film Darkness. He later portrayed French agent René Mathis in the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008).[10]

In 2009, Giannini received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.[11] He is currently set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021.[12][13]

Voice acting

Giannini has had a successful career as a voice actor and dubber. He helped with the foundation of the C.V.D. along with Renato Turi, Corrado Gaipa, Valeria Valeri, Oreste Lionello, Wanda Tettoni and other dubbers.[14][15]

Giannini is the official Italian voice dubber of Al Pacino.[16] Both he and Ferruccio Amendola were the primary dubbers of Pacino until Amendola's death in 2001 when Giannini became the main voice dubber.[17] He also dubbed Jack Nicholson's voice as Jack Torrance in the Italian release of The Shining and the Joker in Batman and Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street and the 2010 sequel as well as dubbing other actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Gérard Depardieu, Ryan O'Neal, Jeremy Irons, Mel Gibson, Tim Allen, Leonard Whiting and Ian McKellen in some of their work.[18]

In Giannini's animated roles, he voiced Carl Fredricksen (voiced by Ed Asner) in the Italian dub of the Pixar film Up. He also provided the Italian voice of Raul Menendez in the Call of Duty game franchise.[19] Outside of dubbing, he provided a voice role in the 2001 Italian animated film Momo in which he voiced the main antagonist.

Other ventures

Aside from acting, Giannini took up inventing as a hobby. Some of the gadgets he designed were used in the 1992 film Toys starring Robin Williams.[20] Giannini also collaborated with Gabriella Greison on his memoir Sono ancora un bambino which was published by Longanesi in 2014. A year later, he received the Premio Cesare Pavese.[21]

In 2012 he collaborated with italian singer Eros Ramazzotti in "Io sono te", from his album Noi.

Personal life

From 1967 until 1975, Giannini was married to actress Livia Giampalmo and they had two children. Their eldest son was Lorenzo, who died in 1987 from an aneurysm shortly before his 20th birthday.[22] Their second-born son is actor Adriano Giannini, who played his father's role in the 2002 remake of Swept Away.

Since 1983, he has been married to Eurilla del Bono and they have two sons, Emanuele and Francesco who are musicians.[23]

Selected filmography

Films

Giannini in The Pizza Triangle (1970)
Giannini in The Pizza Triangle (1970)
Giannini (left) with Luchino Visconti on the set of The Innocent (1976)
Giannini (left) with Luchino Visconti on the set of The Innocent (1976)
Giannini (right) with Steve Scott on the set of Celluloide (1996)
Giannini (right) with Steve Scott on the set of Celluloide (1996)
Giannini at the 49th Venice International Film Festival (1992)

Television

Dubbing roles

[24]

Live action

Animation

Video games

[2]

Awards and nominations

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Award
Wins
Nominations
Academy Awards
N/A 1
David di Donatello
6 5
Nastro d'Argento
6 6
Giannini in 2000
Giannini in 2000

Academy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Outcome
1977 Best Actor Seven Beauties Nominated

David di Donatello

Year Category Nominated work Outcome
1972 Best Actor The Seduction of Mimi Won
1984 Where's Picone? Won
1989 'O Re Nominated
1990 Dark Illness Nominated
1994 Best Supporting Actor Giovanni Falcone Nominated
1995 Like Two Crocodiles Won
1996 Best Actor Palermo - Milan One Way Nominated
Celluloide Won
2000 Golden Plate Won
2002 Best Actor I Love You Eugenio Won
2003 Best Supporting Actor Incantato Nominated

Nastro d'Argento

Year Category Nominated work Outcome
1971 Best Supporting Actor The Pizza Triangle Nominated
1973 Best Actor The Seduction of Mimi Won
1974 The Sensual Man Nominated
Love and Anarchy Won
1984 Where's Picone? Nominated
1989 'O Re Nominated
1991 Best Supporting Actor The Amusements of Private Life Nominated
Best Actor Dark Illness Nominated
1994 Best Male Dubbing Carlito's Way Won
1999 Best Supporting Actor The Dinner Won
Best Actor The Room of the Scirocco Won
2001 Best Supporting Actor Hannibal Won

Film festivals

Festival Year Category Nominated work Outcome
Cannes Film Festival 1973 Best Actor Love and Anarchy Won
Capri Hollywood International Film Festival 2003 Legend Award Won
Faro Island Film Festival 1975 Best Actor Seven Beauties Won
Giffoni Film Festival 2013 François Truffaut Award Won
Kineo Awards 2008 Best Actor Milano Palermo - Il ritorno Nominated
Locarno Festival 2014 Excellence Award Won
Los Angeles Italia Film Festival 1999 Outstanding Achievement in Film Won
Milan Film Festival 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
Newport Beach Film Festival 2002 Best Actor I Love You Eugenio Won
Primavera del Cinema Italiano Festival 2009 Career Award Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival 1973 Best Actor Sono stato io Won
Taormina Film Fest 1989 Career Charybdis Won
2001 Taormina Arte Award Won
2007 Won
Viareggio EuropaCinema 1998 Platinum Award for Cinematic Excellence Won

Other awards

Institution Year Category Nominated work Outcome
Ciak D'Oro 1996 Best Supporting Actor Like Two Crocodiles Won
Fangoria Chainsaw Award 2002 Best Supporting Actor Hannibal Nominated
Flaiano Prize 2002 Career Award for Cinema Won
Giffoni Film Festival 2013 François Truffaut Award Won
Globo D'Oro 1973 Best Actor The Seduction of Mimi Won
1974 Sono stato io Won
1989 'O Re Won
1997 The Border Nominated
1999 Milonga Won
2010 Career Award Won

Honours

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