Birth Name: Giancarlo Giannini
Birth Place: La Spezia, IT
Born Aug. 1, 1942 in the Italian town of La Spezia in Liguria, he was originally interested in electronics, studying it in Naples for a decade before shifting his interest to acting. At 18, he joined the Academy of Dramatic Art D'Amico in Rome, and made his stage debut as Puck in a 1961 production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Giannini quickly amassed a wealth of theatrical experience, including a turn as Romeo in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" for Franco Zefferelli in 1964. His screen debut came with "Fango di Metropoli" in 1965, as did his first television appearance as Charles Dickens' hero "David Copperfield" for RAI. The following year, Giannini starred in the play "...