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Pierfrancesco Favino

Pierfrancesco Favino

Pierfrancesco Favino stars in Ron Howard's Angels & Demons alongside Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor. Favino recently starred in director Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, a film based on the book by C.S. Lewis.

A native of Rome, Italy, he graduated from the Silvio d'Amico National Drama Academy before honing his craft at the Teatro di Roma under the direction of Luca Ronconi. Favino started his career in the theatre (directed by such renowned Italian artists as Ronconi and Gigi Proietti) before making his film debut in the 1995 boxing drama Pugili, directed by Lino Capolicchio.

Over the past decade, Favino has showcased his versatility in both drama and comedy in films directed by a host of new, young Italian filmmakers, including Luigi Magni (La Carbonara), Marco Bellocchio (Il Principe di Homburg, a Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or nominee), Gabriele Muccino (L'Ultimo bacio, Audience Award, 2002 Sundance Film Festival; David di Donatello nominee, Best Film), Giuseppe Tornatore (La Sconosciuta), Francesco Apolloni (La Verità, vi prego, sull'amore), Gianni Amelio (Le Chiavi di casa, Pasinetti Award, 2004 Venice Film Festival) and Michele Placido (Romanzo criminale). Favino also co-starred as Christopher Columbus in the megahit American comedy, Night at the Museum.

He won the David di Donatello Award for his supporting turn as ‘The Lebanese,' a ruthless gangster bent on conquering Rome's crime world, in Romanzo criminale, which received 14 total nominations, including one for Best Film. Favino also won the Nastro d'Argento Award as Best Actor for his performance, and earned another nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his work in Le chiavi di casa. He collected his first nomination for Italy's prestigious Donatello prize for his supporting role of a World War II soldier fighting in Africa in El Alamein, directed by Enzo Monteleone.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.

Pierfrancesco Favino Facts

BirthdayAugust 24, 1969 (53)
BirthplaceRome, Italy

Selected Filmography

Come Undone
Angels & Demons
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Garibaldi's Lovers
Miracle At St. Anna
Don't Look Back
Miracle at St Anna
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