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Giancarlo Giannini
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    (August 1, 1942- )
    Born in La Spezia, Italy
    Best known for appearing in the films of Lina Wertmuller, including ‘The Seduction of Mimi’ (1972), ‘Love and Anarchy’ (1973), ‘Swept Away’ (1974), ‘Seven Beauties’ (1976), and ‘A Night Full of Rain’ (1978)
    Portrayed Rene Mathis in the James Bond films ‘Casino Royale’ (2006) and ‘A Quantum of Solace’ (2008)
    Also appeared in the films ‘Libido’ (1965), ‘Anzio’ (1968), ‘Black Belly of the Tarantula’ (1971), ‘How Funny Can Sex Be?’ (1973), ‘Lili Marleen’ (1981), ‘Saving Grace’ (1986), ‘A Walk in the Clouds’ (1995), ‘Hannibal’ (2001), and ‘Magical Nights’ (2018)
    AllMovie commented ‘His appearance in other directors’ films are seldom as memorable as his pairings with Wertmuller.’
    He turned down the role of Belloq in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’
    His son Adriano took over his role in the critically derided Guy Ritchie-Madonna remake of ‘Swept Away.’ (2002)
    He is fluent in Italian, English, French, and Spanish
    He won the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival for ‘Love and Anarchy.’
    After he dubbed Jack Nicholson’s voice for the Italian release of ‘The Shining,’ he received a complimentary telegram from Stanley Kubrick.
    His oldest son Lorenzo died of an aneurysm shortly before his 20th birthday (1987).
    He took up inventing as a hobby, with some of the gadgets he created being used as props in the film ‘Toys’ (1992), such as the moving jacket Robin Williams wears.

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