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Roberto Benigni

Actor / Filmmaker

Born: 27 October 1952
Birthplace: Misericordia, Arezzo, Italy
Best known as: The writer/director/star of Life is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni is widely known as one of the most popular comics of Italian cinema, often writing, directing and starring in his own films. His 1991 comedy Johnny Stecchino was hugely successful in Italy, and Benigni became familiar to American audiences through minor roles in Down By Law and Night on Earth. In 1997 he wrote, directed and starred in the international hit Life is Beautiful.

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