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Riccardo Scamarcio
Riccardo Scamarcio.jpg
Scamarcio in 2008
Born (1979-11-13) 13 November 1979 (age 42)
EducationCentro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
OccupationActor • film producer
Years active2000–present
Partner(s)Angela Liso (1996–2006)
Valeria Golino (2006–2016)
Benedetta Porcaroli (2021–2022)

Riccardo Dario Scamarcio (Italian pronunciation: [rikˈkardo skaˈmartʃo]; born 13 November 1979) is an Italian actor and film producer.

Life and career

Scamarcio was born in Trani, Apulia, the son of Irene Petrafesa, a painter, and Emilio Scamarcio.[1]

He went to train as an actor at the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema in Rome, where he now lives. His debut acting role was in a TV series in 2000, while his first ever lead role in a feature film was in Three Steps Over Heaven (2004), directed by Luca Lucini. Through this he immediately became well known to the Italian speaking public, especially a young audience. His success brought him prominence as a sex symbol and boosted requests for his acting skills, leading to his role in Texas (2005), directed by Fausto Paravidino and soon to him joining the cast of Romanzo Criminale, playing a monosyllabic, enigmatic thug character in a powerful portrait of a mafiosi community directed by Michele Placido.[2]

In 2006 he acted in The Black Arrow, a TV series broadcast by Canale 5, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, and took on four new film roles: My Brother Is an Only Child (2007), directed by Daniele Luchetti, based on the novel Il fasciocomunista by Antonio Pennacchi. Scamarcio won a David di Donatello nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this work. He also played in Manual of Love 2 (2007), directed by Giovanni Veronesi, Ho voglia di te (2007), directed by Luis Prieto, and Go Go Tales (2007), directed by Abel Ferrara.

In 2007 he began work on At a Glance (2008) directed by Sergio Rubini, Italians (2009), a comedy directed by Giovanni Veronesi, and The Big Dream (2009), set in Italy in 1968, directed by Michele Placido. Eden à l'Ouest, directed by Costa-Gavras, saw Scamarcio playing an illegal immigrant-cum-innocent abroad. The Cézanne Affair (2009), directed by Sergio Rubini, co-starred Scamarcio's partner, Italian-Greek actress Valeria Golino, who plays his sister.

He also starred in John Wick: Chapter 2, playing the Italian Mob boss Santino D'Antonio, the antagonist in the film.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Best of Youth Andrea Utano
Now or Never Biri
Le mani in faccia Francesco Short film
2004 Three Steps Over Heaven Step
The Smell of Blood
2005 L'uomo perfetto Antonio
Texas Gianluca Baretti
Romanzo Criminale Nero
2007 Manual of Love 2 Nicola
Ho voglia di te Step
My Brother Is an Only Child Manrico Benassi Nominated − David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
Go Go Tales Doctor Steven
Prova a volare Alessandro
2008 At a Glance Adrian
2009 Italians Marcello Polidori
Eden Is West Elias
The Big Dream Nicola
The Front Line Sergio Segio
The Cézanne Affair Pinuccio
2010 Loose Cannons Tommaso Cantone
Diarchia Giano Short film
2011 Polisse Francesco
The Ages of Love Roberto
2012 Una commedia italiana che non fa ridere Narrator Short film
To Rome with Love Hotel Robber
The Red and the Blue Professor Giovanni Prezioso
Cosimo e Nicole Cosimo
Giulia ha picchiato Filippo Short film
2013 The Informant Mario / Claudio Pasco Lanfredi
Third Person Marco
A Small Southern Enterprise Arturo
2014 A Golden Boy Davide Bias
Pasolini Ninetto Davoli
Effie Gray Rafael
2015 Wondrous Boccaccio Gentile Carisendi
You Can't Save Yourself Alone Gaetano Nominated − David di Donatello for Best Actor
First Light Marco
Burnt Max
Io che amo solo te Damiano
2016 Pericle Pericle
La verità sta in cielo Enrico De Pedis
La cena di Natale Damiano
Ali and Nino Malik Nakhararyan
2017 Dalida Orlando
John Wick: Chapter 2 Santino D'Antonio
Andorra Lieutenant Afgroni
2018 Loro Sergio Morra
Welcome Home Federico
The Summer House Luca
2019 The Ruthless Santo Russo
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Santino D'Antonio cameos as Santino d'Antonio's corpse
Les Traducteurs (The Translators) Dario Farelli Italian Translator
2020 The Players Lorenzo
Il legame (The Binding) Francesco
2021 L'ultimo Paradiso (The Last Paradiso) Ciccio Paradiso
Three Floors
Caravaggio's Shadow Caravaggio


Music video



  1. ^ "Il padre è morto. Massimo Recalcati a Filosofia sui Navigli il 14 aprile".
  2. ^ Passarin, Sara Greta (2022-03-16). "Chi è Riccardo Scamarcio: film, fidanzata, figlia, Angharad Wood". True News. (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-03-17.