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  • Roberto Benigni

    Born on October 27, 1952 in Manciano La Misericordia, Italy

awards & nominations

Life Is Beautiful (1998)

Roberto Benigni as "Guido Orefice"

A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.

Academy Award (1998) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998) Won Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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