Giancarlo Giannini was born on August 1, 1942, in La Spezia, Italy. For ten years young Giannini lived and studied in Naples, earning his degree in electronics. At the age of 18 he enrolled in the Academy of Dramatic Art D'Amico in Rome, making his stage acting debut there. His credits included performances in contemporary Italian plays, as well, as in Italian productions of William Shakespeare's plays. In 1965 he made his debut on television starring as David Copperfield in the TV mini-series made by RAI. He made his big-screen debut in “Libido” (1965). Since 1966 he has been in a successful collaboration with the legendary Italian director Lina Wertmüller [1926- ] who made several award-winning films with Giannini as a male lead. Giannini appeared in the Euro-Western “Blood Red” (1988).
Giannini also made a reputation for dubbing international stars in films released on the Italian market, such as Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Dustin Hoffman, Gérard Depardieu and Ian McKellen, among others. Giancarlo was the voice of Harvey Keitel in the 1998 Euro-western “Il Mio West” (aka “Gunslinger’s Revenge”). Giannini's fluency in English and his mastery of dialects has brought him a number of supporting roles in Hollywood productions, such as A “Walk in the Clouds” (1995), “Hannibal” (2001), “Darkness” (2002), “Man on Fire” (2004) and “Casino Royale” (2006), and reprises the role in the sequel, “Quantum of Solace” (2008).
Today we celebrate one of the major stars of the Italian cinema, Giancarlo Gianinni on his 70th birthday.
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