10 Most Famous Italian Actors

Thursday, April 28 by Russell Deza

These ten most famous Italian actors are some of the finest performers in the business. Their incredible acting abilities have made them icons in the industry. Whether it be dramatic, comedic or action roles, these Italian actors stand out because of their performances.

  1. Isabella Rossellini. This former model is known for her beauty and grace on and off screen. Born and raised in Rome, she was married to director Martin Scorsese. Her role in "Blue Velvet" is considered by many to be her finest work to date.
  2. Monica Bellucci. Monica Bellucci is another Italian actress renowned for her amazing looks and screen presence. Although she has worked on countless film projects, the majority of these are produced by Italian movie studios. She has however, also landed some juicy roles stateside. She starred as the mysterious Persephone in the two “Matrix” sequels.
  3. Marisa Tomei. This Hollywood mainstay won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for her role in “My Cousin Vinny." She has also earned Academy Award nominations from her strong performances in “In the Bedroom” and “The Wrestler."
  4. Nicolas Cage. To avoid the perception that nepotism may be at work, being the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, this Academy Award winner changed his last name early on, and went on to have a long and active career.
  5. Mark Ruffalo. Although Ruffalo is very talented, he has been, for the most part, under the radar. It wasn't until his role in “You Can Count on Me” in 2000 that people started to take notice of this Italian actor. Since then, he has had bigger, more significant projects.
  6. Mira Sorvino. Admittedly, this Italian actress has been out of the limelight for the past few years. However, Sorvino is always be remembered for her award-winning performance in "Mighty Aphrodite."
  7. Joe Pesci. This Italian actor has been known to play tough, mobster-type roles in such films as “Goodfellas” and “Casino." He has also showed his versatility by taking on quirky and comedic roles in movies like “My Cousin Vinny” and the “Lethal Weapon” series.
  8. Marlon Brando. A legend in the industry, Brando appeared in such film classics as “A Streetcar Named Desire” and "Apocalypse Now." He won an Academy Award for his work in “On the Waterfront” and “The Godfather." Brando passed away on July 1, 2004.
  9. Al Pacino. One of the finest actors of his generation, Pacino has received seven Academy Award nominations and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his riveting performance in “Scent of a Woman." He is best known for his role in “The Godfather” trilogy.
  10. Robert De Niro. A juggernaut in the industry, this Italian actor has taken some of Hollywood's most iconic roles and appeared in some of the most memorable films. He bagged the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of boxer, Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull." He is also known for his performances in “Taxi Driver," “The Deer Hunter” and “The Godfather II," for which he picked up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.