Pierfrancesco Favino

Pierfrancesco Favino (Italian pronunciation: [pjɛːrfranˈtʃesko faˈviːno]; August 24, 1969) is an Italian actor. He is known outside of his home country for his role in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and World War Z.

Pierfrancesco Favino
Favino in 2008
Born (1969-08-24) August 24, 1969
Years active1991–present
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)

Life and career

Favino was born in Rome, Italy, to Apulian parents from Candela, a comune in the province of Foggia.[1] He has appeared in more than forty European films and television series since the early 1990s, including Gabriele Muccino's The Last Kiss, Gianni Amelio's The Keys to the House, Giuseppe Tornatore's The Unknown Woman and Ferzan Özpetek's Saturn in Opposition. In 1999 he starred in the HBO film Excellent Cadavers, an adaptation of Alexander Stille's novel of the same name. In 2006 he received the David di Donatello award - the Italian equivalent of the Oscar - for his role in the crime film Romanzo Criminale, directed by Michele Placido.

In 2006 he portrayed Christopher Columbus in Twentieth Century Fox's Night at the Museum. In 2008 he played General Glozelle, the leader of Miraz's Telmarine troops in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.[2] He has worked with American director Ron Howard twice: in the 2009 film Angels & Demons, the adaptation of the novel of the same name by Dan Brown, in which he played the role of Inspector Ernesto Olivetti,[3] and in the 2013 film Rush, in which he played the role of Formula One racing car driver Clay Regazzoni.[4]

Other significant roles include the partisan leader Peppi Grotta in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna in 2008, the sadistic riot control force policeman Cobra in Stefano Sollima's ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards in 2012, the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli in Marco Tullio Giordana's Piazza Fontana, and the W.H.O. doctor in Marc Forster's apocalyptic-horror World War Z (2013).[5]

In February 2018, he co-hosted the 68th edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, alongside Claudio Baglioni and Michelle Hunziker.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Tutti i giorni sì Short film
1995 Pugili Boxer
1996 B.B.K. Short film
Baci proibiti Short film
1997 The Prince of Homburg Sparren
Physical Jerks Castrovillari
Corti stellari Segment "Baci proibiti"
1998 Dolce far niente Rossini
1999 Adidabuma Short film
I giardini della memoria Short film
2000 La Carbonara Sergeant
2001 The Last Kiss Marco Credited as Pier Francesco Favino
Da zero a dieci Biccio
Let's Have the Truth About Love Michaelangelo
2002 El Alamein: The Line of Fire Sergeant Rizzo Nominated − David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
I Am Emma Carlo
2003 Past Perfect Filippo
Instructing the Heart Riccardo
2004 Non ci sarebbe niente da fare! Francesco Short film
Our Italian Husband Vincenzo Scocozza
The Keys to the House Alberto Nominated − Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actor
2005 Sorry, You Can't Get Through! Piero
Amatemi Claudio
Romanzo Criminale Libano David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
2006 The Unknown Woman Donato Adacher
Night at the Museum Christopher Columbus
2007 Saturn in Opposition Davide
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian General Glozelle
Miracle at St. Anna Peppi ”The Great Butterfly” Grotta
The Man Who Loves Roberto
2009 Angels & Demons Inspector Ernesto Olivetti
2010 Unlikely Revolutionaries Pepe
Kiss Me Again Marco Nominated − David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated − Nastro d'Argento for Best Supporting Actor
Come Undone Domenico
2011 The Perfect Life Mario
The Entrepreneur Nicola
2012 ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards Cobra Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
A Flat for Three Fulvio Brignola
Garibaldi's Lovers Giuseppe Garibaldi (voice)
Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy Giuseppe Pinelli David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
2013 World War Z W.H.O. Doctor
Rush Clay Regazzoni
2014 Without Pity Mimmo Also producer
Nominated − Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
2015 Une mère Pierre
Suburra Filippo Malgradi Nominated − Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
2016 The Confessions Italian minister
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Martinuzzi
2018 Moschettieri del re - La penultima missione D'Artagnan
2019 The Traitor Tommaso Buscetta Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Pending – European Film Award for Best Actor


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Una questione privata Ivan Television film
1993−1998 Amico mio Beppe Vanni 14 episodes
1996 Correre contro Giacomo Television film
1999 Bonanno: A Godfather's Story Felice Buccellato Television film
Excellent Cadavers Mario Television film
2000 Padre Pio: Miracle Man Emanuele Brunatto 2 episodes
2001 La sindone - 24 ore, 12 ostaggi Pietro Television film
Credited as PierFrancesco Favino
Close To Jesus Saint Peter Television film
2002 Gli insoliti ignoti Pietro Cucciolla Television film
2003 Ladri ma non troppo Television film
Ferrari Beppe Sicci Television film
2004 Part-time Nicola Television film
2006 Bartali: The Iron Man Gino Bartali Television film
2007 Liberi di giocare Stefano Mariani Television film
2009 Pane e libertà Giuseppe Di Vittorio Television film
2011 Il generale della Rovere Giovanni Bertone Television film
2014 Qualunque cosa succeda Giorgio Ambrosoli 2 episodes
2014−2016 Marco Polo Niccolò Polo 9 episodes


  1. Sartori, Luca (19 June 2018). "Candela, the delightful village of Foggia, where the roots of the actor Pierfrancesco Favino lie". Borghi Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. Dooby (23 February 2007). "Pierfrancesco Favino Cast as Glozelle". NarniaWeb. Archived from the original on 2 March 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  3. "Pierfrancesco Favinio es el Inspector Ernesto Olivetti". Hoycinema (in Spanish). ABC. 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. "Rush True Story vs Movie". History vs. Hollywood. CTF Media. 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. "Favino, con Brad Pitt a caccia di zombie: "Duettare in World War Z è stato un piacere"". Il Messaggero (in Italian). 26 June 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. Fsadni, Stephanie (6 February 2018). "Five days of music and spectacle. Sanremo festival kicks off this evening with new artistic director and hosts". Times of Malta. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. Vatmanidis, Theo (11 February 2018). "Italy 2018: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro win Sanremo and accept the ticket to Lisbon". EuroVisionary.com. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
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