Roberto Remigio Benigni is an Academy Award-winning Italian film and television actor, writer and director.
Beginning in 1986, Benigni starred in three films by American director Jim Jarmusch, including “Down By Law” (1986), and “Night on Earth” (1991). Later, he also starred in the first of Jarmusch’s series of short films, “Coffee and Cigarettes” (2003). In 1993, he starred in “Son of the Pink Panther”, directed by veteran Blake Edwards.
A serious role was in Federico Fellini’s last movie, “La Voce Della Luna” (1989). The former years Benigni had started a long-lasting collaboration with screenwriter Vincenzo Cerami, for a series of films which scored great success in Italy: “Il Piccolo Diavolo” (“The Little Devil”, with Walter Matthau), “Johnny Stecchino” (“Johnny Toothpick”), and “Il Mostro” (“The Monster”). Benigni is probably best known for his 1997 tragicomedy “Life Is Beautiful” (“La vita è bella”), which won him the Academy Award for best actor and earned the picture the Academy Award for best foreign language film.