Giancarlo Giannini – An Americaniser

Giancarlo Giannini is an Italian super actor, known for his films such as The Godfather, Gangs of New York, The Sopranos, Rome, Spider-Man, Batman, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Mask, The Fantastic Four, Men in Black II and The Chronicles of Riddick. He has also been nominated several times for Academy Awards, most notably for his work on The Godfather. Giancarlo Giannini lives in Manhattan, New York City.

Giancarlo Giannini


Giancarlo Giannini was born in luglio nation, Italian region. He is the youngest of two children and the only son of Flavio Lina Wertmiller and Angelica Lina. As a child Giancarlo Giannini was always interested in acting, especially Italian films, and when he was young he had a small part in a film called La Familia. This role enabled him to travel to Rome and then London, where he acted in such films as Man with a Horn, A Street Names, Love Actually and After Hours.


In 1984 Giancarlo Giannini moved to London and acted in some more Italian films, such as Giancarlo Giordano’s First Man. In 1986 he moved back to Italy and worked in different countries including Peru, Brazil and Spain. In 1990 he returned to London and again made a film, A Street Names, which was directed by Mario Benza. This was one of his better films and won him a British Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Later that year he made another feature, The Godfather, which was also directed by Mario Benza and also starred Michael Caine.


At the age of thirty-one Giancarlo became well known in Hollywood as the character of Vito Corleone in the movie The Godfather. This role was created specifically so that Giancarlo would have a role in promoting the Italian film industry at the Oscars. He was then twenty-five years old and a member of the Italian film agency Accolade. Giancarlo Giannini also wrote and directed a book entitled Sole Como (essions of a Shark), which was dedicated to Mario Puzo.


Throughout the late eighties and early nineties Giancarlo Giannini did receive a fair amount of attention for various roles in Italian films. Some were good and some were not so good. One of his better known works was appearing in F.W. Murnau’s The Nanny Diaries. However, his most successful role to date would be in the film The Godfather. Giancarlo played the character of Jesus in the movie, whilst also receiving critical acclaim for his acting.


It was not until the late nineties that Giancarlo Giannini went to Hollywood to star in a feature film that would win him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. That movie was The Godfather. He went on to star in other well received Italian movies throughout the following decade, including Amores Perros and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It was also here that Giancarlo established his relationship with director Roman Coppola. Coppola cast Giancarlo in the well-received Italian film, Corleone.


There is little doubt that Giancarlo Giannini has succeeded as an actor in Hollywood. However, his most memorable role to date may be his contribution to the world of martial arts through his role as the anti-hero in the movie The Godfather. Giancarlo Giannini’s role as David Packard veered towards that of an anti-hero because of the fact that he was the first and only person in the film who had the power to stop the mafia wars. This, in itself, created the archetype for all future anti-heroes in the film industry. As such, no other actor could top Giancarlo Giannini when it came to performance, for both his films and throughout his career.


Today, many Italian Americans consider Giancarlo Giannini to be their best American film actor. On the other hand, many of his fans in America do not consider him to be a true Italian. So, what is it about Giancarlo Giannini that people from both countries find so likable? Perhaps it is due to the fact that he is a man who managed to combine the ideals of Italy and America while simultaneously creating a character that would be considered iconic.

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