Roberto Remigio Benigni (born October 27, 1952 in Castiglion Fiorentino, Tuscany) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director.
He is most famous internationally for directing, writing and starring in the Holocaust comedy-drama picture Life Is Beautiful (1997). Celebrated for pulling off an artistic challenge that Charlie Chaplin would not have dared and Jerry Lewis chickened out of showing, it presented a sensitive Dramedy of The Holocaust. The film came home with three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Benigni, and numerous other awards.
Unfortunately, Benigni would later squander his artist reputation and Auteur License in 2002 with his pet project Pinocchio, with himself in the title role, becoming a critically derided Box Office Bomb. Ironically, he would appear a 2019 production of the story in a role most have said he should have played in his own film, Geppetto.
Benigni has also written and performed the stand-up comedy show Tutto Dante, inspired by Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and the Tuscany tradition of improvisatory poetry, with much success in his native country.
- Down by Law (1986) as Roberto
- Night on Earth (1991) as Gino the taxi driver
- Son of the Pink Panther (1993) as Jacques Gambrelli (Inspector Clouseau's son)
- Life Is Beautiful (1997, also wrote and directed) as Guido
- Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar (1999) as Lucius Detritus
- Pinocchio (2002, also wrote and directed) as Pinocchio
- Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) as Roberto
- The Tiger and the Snow (2005, also wrote and directed) as Attilio de Giovanni
- To Rome with Love (2012) as Leopoldo Pisanello
- Pinocchio (2019) as Geppetto