Giancarlo Giannini is an Italian actor, voice actor, film director, and screenwriter, known for his wide-range of starring roles across Italian and international cinema. He won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Love and Anarchy (1973) and received an Academy Award nomination for Seven Beauties (1975). He is also a five-time recipient of the David di Donatello Award for Best Actor. An alumnus of the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico, Giannini began his career on stage, starring in Franco Zeffirelli's acclaimed productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. After appearing predominantly on television throughout the early 1960s, he had his first lead role in a film in Rita the Mosquito (1965), the first of many fruitful collaborations with filmmaker Lina Wertmüller. He rose to international stardom through Wertmüller's The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973), Swept Away (1974), culminating in his Oscar-nominated turn in Seven Beauties (1975). Giannini has since appeared in over 160 film and television roles, including The Innocent (1976), Lili Marleen (1980), New York Stories (1990), A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Man on Fire (2004), and the James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008). He is also a prolific dubbing artist, contributing voice work to the Italian-language versions of dozens of films since the 1960s. He has been the official Italian dubber of Al Pacino since 1975, and has also dubbed Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, and Helmut Berger. In 2017, Giannini was christened a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest-ranking civilian honor in Italy, for his contributions to the arts.
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