Roberto Benigni

Film Director + Actor
Born Oct 27, 1952

Roberto Remigio Benigni, is an Academy Award winning Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director of film, theatre and television.

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1952 Birth Born on October 27, 1952.


1971 18 Years Old His first experiences as a theatre actor took place in 1971, in Prato. … Read More


1975 22 Years Old In 1975, Benigni had his first theatrical success with Cioni Mario di Gaspare fu Giulia, written by Giuseppe Bertolucci. … Read More
1977 24 Years Old His first film was 1977's Berlinguer, I Love You (Berlinguer ti voglio bene), also by Bertolucci. … Read More
1980 27 Years Old In 1980 he met Cesenate actress Nicoletta Braschi, who was to become his wife and who has starred in most of the films he has directed.


1983 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1983 he appeared during a public political demonstration by the Italian Communist Party, with which he was a sympathiser, and on this occasion he lifted and cradled the party's national leader Enrico Berlinguer. … Read More
1984 31 Years Old In 1984, he played in Non ci resta che piangere ("Nothing Left to Do but Cry") with comic actor Massimo Troisi. … Read More
1986 33 Years Old Beginning in 1986, Benigni starred in three films by American director Jim Jarmusch. … Read More
1990 37 Years Old In 1990, he was a member of the Jury at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.


1993 40 Years Old In 1993, he starred in Son of the Pink Panther, directed by veteran Blake Edwards. … Read More
1997 44 Years Old Benigni is perhaps best known outside Italy for his 1997 tragicomedy Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella), filmed in Arezzo, also written by Cerami. … Read More
1999 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At the 1999 ceremony, the film was awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (which Benigni accepted as the film's director), Best Original Dramatic Score (the score by Nicola Piovani), and Benigni received the award for Best Actor (the first for a male performer in a non-English-speaking role, and only the third overall acting Oscar for non-English-speaking roles). … Read More
2002 49 Years Old As a director, his 2002 film Pinocchio, one of the costliest films in Italian cinema, performed well in Italy, but it bombed in North America, with a 0% critics' score at Rotten Tomatoes. … Read More


2003 50 Years Old In 2003, Benigni was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), receiving the Foundation's NIAF Special Achievement Award in Entertainment. … Read More
2005 52 Years Old On 15 October 2005, he performed an impromptu strip tease on Italy's most watched evening news program, removing his shirt and draping it over the newscaster's shoulders. … Read More
2006 53 Years Old During 2006 and 2007, Benigni had a lot of success touring Italy with his 90-minute "one man show" TuttoDante ("Everything About Dante"). … Read More
2008 55 Years Old Benigni brought "TuttoDante" to the United States, Canada and Argentina in the TuttoDante Tour between 2008-2009 with performances in San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.
2009 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Benigni was feted in San Francisco at a special reception held by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in his honor on May 24, 2009.
2012 59 Years Old His latest film is To Rome with Love with Woody Allen in 2012. … Read More
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