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Roberto Benigni

Benigni receiving a prize in Terni, February 2006
Roberto Remigio Benigni

27 October 1952 (1952-10-27) (age 68)
Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • comedian
Years active 1970–present
Nicoletta Braschi (m. 1991)

Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He co-wrote, directed and acted in the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful, which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 71st Oscars Ceremony. He also portrayed Inspector Clouseau's son in Son of the Pink Panther (1993) and has collaborated with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch in three of his films: Down by Law (1986), Night on Earth (1991) and Coffee and Cigarettes (2003).

In other media

Roberto Benigni is also a singer-songwriter. Among his recorded performances are versions of Paolo Conte's songs.


Benigni on stage (1990)

In 1999, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.

Honorary degrees

In addition to numerous film awards, Benigni has garnered honorary degrees from universities worldwide:

  • 1999 – Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel.
  • 2002 – Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the University of Bologna, Italy.
  • 2003 – Honorary Degree in Psychology from the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan, Italy.
  • 2007 – Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
  • 2007 – Honorary Degree in Modern Philology from the University of Florence, Italy.
  • 2008 – Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the University of Malta.
  • 2008 – Honorary Degree in Communication Arts from the Touro University Rome, Zagarolo, Italy.
  • 2012 – Honorary Degree in Modern Philology from the University of Calabria, Italy.
  • 2012 – Honorary Doctorate in Letters from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 2015 – Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the University of Toronto, Canada.

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