Giancarlo Giannini (born 1 August 1942) is an Italian actor, voice actor, film director, and screenwriter best known for his prominent performances in Italian and foreign films. For his role in Love and Anarchy (1973), he got the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Seven Beauties (1975). He has also won the David di Donatello Award for Best Actor five times.
Giannini began his career on stage, appearing in Franco Zeffirelli‘s celebrated productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is an alumnus of the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D’Amico. After mostly starring on television in the early 1960s, he made his cinematic debut in Rita the Mosquito (1965), the first of many productive collaborations with filmmaker Lina Wertmüller. He soared to worldwide popularity with Wertmüller’s The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Love and Anarchy (1973), Swept Away (1974), and Seven Beauties (1975), culminating in his Oscar-nominated performance in Seven Beauties (1975).
Since then, Giannini has acted in over 160 films and television shows, 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, having provided voice work for scores of films in Italian since the 1960s. Since 1975, he has been the official Italian dubber for Al Pacino, as well as Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, and Helmut Berger.
Giannini was named a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2017 for his services to the arts, the highest civilian honor in Italy.