Photo of Roberto Benigni Roberto Benigni

A longtime clown prince of Italian cinema, Roberto Benigni was born in Miscericordia, Italy, on Oct. 27, 1952, and has been starring in, writing and directing films since the 1970s.

Influenced by the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Peter Sellers, Benigni first made an impression on American audiences in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law (1986). The two shot a short film that was later included in Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) and the feature Night on Earth (1991).

After attempting to make it big in America with Son of the Pink Panther (1993), Benigni returned to Italy to make The Monster (1994) and Life Is Beautiful (1997), which won three Oscars -- including one for Benigni's performance and one for Best Foreign Language Film. He followed this success with his take on the fairy tale Pinocchio (2002) and The Tiger and the Snow (2005), a comedy set at the start of the Iraq War.

Roberto Benigni in Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

1997 PG-13

A Jewish Italian waiter named Guido is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, along with his wife and their young son. Refusing to give up hope, Guido tries to protect his son's innocence by pretending that their imprisonment is an elaborate game.

  • Roberto Benigni in To Rome with Love To Rome with Love
  • Roberto Benigni in Coffee and Cigarettes Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Roberto Benigni in Night on Earth Night on Earth
  • Roberto Benigni in Down by Law Down by Law
  • Roberto Benigni in Pinocchio (Italian - language version) Pinocchio (Italian - language version)
  • Roberto Benigni in Pinocchio (English Version) Pinocchio (English Version)
  • Roberto Benigni in Fellini: I'm a Born Liar Fellini: I'm a Born Liar
  • Roberto Benigni in Son of the Pink Panther Son of the Pink Panther
  • Roberto Benigni in Berlinguer I Love You Berlinguer I Love You
  • Roberto Benigni in Seeking Asylum Seeking Asylum
  • Roberto Benigni in The Tiger and the Snow The Tiger and the Snow