Giancarlo Giannini

Giancarlo Giannini (born August 1, 1942) is an Italian actor, voice actor, director and screenwriter.[1] He won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973) and received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his performance in Seven Beauties (1975).

Giancarlo Giannini
Giannini in 2009
Born (1942-08-01) August 1, 1942
  • Actor
  • voice actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active1965–present
Livia Giampalmo
(m. 1967; div. 1975)

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


Acting career

Giannini was born in La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. He studied at the Silvio d’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome, and 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.

Giannini won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973).[2][3] In 1976, he starred in Seven Beauties, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.[4] 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.

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.[5] 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).[6]

Voice acting career

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.[7]

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

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.

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 aneurysm shortly before his 20th birthday. Their second-born son was 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.

In 2009, Giannini received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[8]

Selected filmography



Dubbing roles


Live action

Video games


  1. "Giancarlo Giannini's dubbing contributions". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. "1973 - Le Jury, Les Prix" (in French). Retrieved 1 July 2017 via
  3. "26ème Festival International du Film - Cannes" (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017 via
  4. "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  5. Fritz, Steve (4 December 2000). "Dune: Remaking the Classic Novel". Archived from the original on 16 March 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008 via
  6. "Giancarlo Giannini - Attore - Biografia e Filmographia - Ecodelcinema". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  7. "Attori doppiati da Giancarlo Giannini". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  8. Connor, Kevin (8 September 2009). "Walking proud in Little Italy". Toronto Sun. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2018.

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