Pierfrancesco Favino was born on August 24, 1969 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. 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’, adaptation of Alexander Stille's novel of the same name. He received the David di Donatello award - Italian equivalent of the Oscar - in 2006 for his role in the crime film “Romanzo Criminale”, directed by Michele Placido.
In 2006 he also 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”. He has worked with American director Ron Howard twice: in the 2009 film “Angels & Demons”, adaptation of the novel of the same name by Dan Brown, in which he played the role of Inspector Ernesto Olivetti, and in the 2013 film “Rush”, in which he played the role of Formula One racing car driver Clay Regazzoni.
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).
Favino has appeared in only one Euro-western short “B.B.K. (Baby Bounty Killer)” (1996).
Today we celebrate Pierfrancesco Favino’s 45th birthday.