The talented Italian actor who gave his career a boost when he starred, co-wrote, and directed 'Life is Beautiful' (1997), which was hugely inspired by his father's stories as a Bergen-Belsen concentration camp prisoner in 1943-1945.
October 27, 1952
Misericordia, Arezzo, Italy
Roberto Benigni won an Academy Award for starring, co-writing, and directing the seven-time Oscar-nominated Italian romantic comedy film ‘Life Is Beautiful’ (1997). He is also famous for ‘The Tiger and the Snow’ (2005) and ‘Down by Law’ (1986).
He grew up as an altar boy who toyed with the idea of becoming a priest when he was young.