Roberto Benigni is an Italian actor, director and producer born on October 27, 1952, in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. His film debut took place in 1976 with Berlinguer, ti voglio bene (Berlinguer, I Love You). Benigni’s foray as a director was in the 1982 television monologue Tu Mi Turbi (You Disturb Me) which criticized Pope John Paul II. His most successful film was 1997’s La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful), which he wrote, directed and played in. Benigni received the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film, and it also won a Best Foreign Language Film award.
Film director, actor, writer and producer Roberto Benigni was born on October 27, 1952, in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy. At the age of 10 Roberto Benigni became a member of a troubadour act in Tuscany, improvising songs and poetry. He then moved to Rome and started working with various experimental theatre groups. His film debut as an actor came with Berlinger ti Volgio Bene (1976, Berlinguer, I Love You). Later films as an actor include Il Minestrone (1980), La Voce Della Luna (1989, The Voice of the Moon), The Son of the Pink Panther (1993), and Astérix et Obélix Contre César (1999, Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar). In 1982 he made his directorial debut with Tu Mi Turbi (You Disturb Me), a television monologue which criticized Pope John Paul II and brought Benigni widespread fame.
Later films as a director include Il Piccolo Diavolo (1988, The Little Devil) and Mostro (1994, Monster). In 1997 he made his most successful film to date, La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful, Oscars for Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film), which he wrote, starred in and directed. Benigni is one of Italy's most popular comics.
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