Roberto Remigio Benigni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI (born 27 October 1952) is an Academy Award winning Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director of film, theatre and television. Benigni was born in Manciano La Misericordia (a frazione of Castiglion Fiorentino), Italy, the son of Isolina Papini, a fabric inspector, and Remigio Benigni, a bricklayer, carpenter, and farmer. He was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy. His first experiences as a theatre actor took place in 1971, in Prato. During that autumn he moved to Rome where he took part in some experimental theatre shows, some of which he also directed.
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