Ten fun facts about Roberto Benigni


Fact 1
Roberto Benigni catapulted to fame after appearing in the 1997 film “Life is Beautiful”, which was nominated for a staggering seven Academy Awards.

Fact 2
When creating the film “Life is Beautiful”, he based it on stories that his father used to tell him when he was imprisoned in a concentration camp.

Fact 3
Prior to getting started in acting, Roberto Benigni attended seminary school. He had aspirations of becoming a priest.


Fact 4
As of 2013 he is one of two actors that have been nominated and won an Oscar for a film which they have written themselves. The other actor is Laurence Olivier.

Fact 5
The Best Actor Oscar which he won for “Life is Beautiful” is the first award in this category to be given to a non-English speaking role.

Fact 6
Only six actors as of 2013 have ever won an Oscar for Best Actor in a film that is a comedy. Roberto Benigni is one of the six.

Fact 7
In 2002 Roberto won the dishonorable Razzie Award for Worst Actor. It was for his portrayal of the wooden puppet boy in the film “Pinocchio”.

Fact 8
Apart from acting, Benigni is also a talented poet and songwriter.

Fact 9
Only five actors as of 2013 have won the Worst Actor Razzie for a film they directed themselves in. Roberto Benigni is one of the five.

Fact 10
Roberto Benigni has been declared by writer and director Federico Fellini as being a pure genius.


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Is an Italian born actor known as much for his talent as for his eccentricities.

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