Roberto Benigni

"Pinocchio" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Benigni in 2002, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Roberto Remigio Benigni

Place of Birth: Manciano La Misericordia, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Date of Birth: 27 October, 1952

Ethnicity: Italian

Roberto Benigni is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Life Is Beautiful (1998). The film also won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Roberto is the son of Isolina Papini and Luigi Benigni. He was raised Catholic.

He is married to actress Nicoletta Braschi, who has starred in most of the films he has directed.

Roberto played a Jewish character in Life Is Beautiful, a film he also directed and co-wrote. Roberto himself is not of Jewish heritage.

15 Responses

  1. brendanb says:

    Actually he Always look to me uber florentine..I mean If he would be able to be serious and not a clown, for 5 minutes, he will look a lot like Dante, big nose and big forehead… The problem is Dante is always depitced as a thoughtful guy, and Benigni is just an obnoxiuos clown, whom movies are a disgrace.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    Italian,would have thought Ashkenazi

    • andrew says:

      well, I guess you watched “Life is beautiful”.

    • typepope says:

      Ashkenazi Jews have substantial Italian ancestry, and strongly overlap with Sicilians and south Italians genetically…

      • andrew says:

        For what it’s worth, It does not mean Ashkenazis would look like Sicilian and Southern Italians (or Greeks) by default.

        We are talking about ethnic groups who are distinguishable and don’t look the same on average.

        Mr. Benigni is not even from South Italy.

        • Rednose says:

          Central Italians have great genetic overlap with South Italians/Sicilians, as do Ashkenazi Jews.
          Jews have lived in Italy for 2300 plus years and Greece for even longer.

          Can’t say I agree with you that “We are talking about ethnic groups who are distinguishable and don’t look the same on average.”
          Ashkenazi Jews are very heavily overlapped genetically with Italians in general, including Northern Italians, which they can be modeled as half.
          I come from NYC a city with nearly 2 million Jews and an enormous Italian population, generally both groups are physically indistinguishable.

          • andrew says:

            I am not sure how much Italian ancestry “Italians” from NYC have. If they are of 3rd or 4th generation they use to have other stuff. Ashkenazi Jews are quite heterogeneous looking but I dont think they really look like Italians as a whole.

    • Rednose says:

      Aren’t South Italians and Ashkenazi Jews genetic cousins?

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