PIERFRANCESCO FAVINO (Peppi 'The Great Butterfly'
Grotta) stars in Ron Howard's upcoming "Angels & Demons"
alongside Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor. Favino recently starred
in director Andrew Adamson's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince
Caspian," a film based on the book by C.S. Lewis.
A native of Rome, Italy, he graduated from the Silvio d'Amico
National Drama Academy before honing his craft at the Teatro di
Roma under the direction of Luca Ronconi. Favino started his career
in the theatre (directed by such renowned Italian artists as Ronconi
and Gigi Proietti) before making his film debut in the 1995 boxing
drama "Pugili," directed by Lino Capolicchio.
Over the past decade, Favino has showcased his versatility in both drama and comedy in
films directed by a host of new, young Italian filmmakers, including Luigi Magni ("La
Carbonara"), Marco Bellocchio ("Il Principe di Homburg," a Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or
nominee), Gabriele Muccino ("L'Ultimo bacio," Audience Award, 2002 Sundance Film
Festival; David di Donatello nominee, Best Film), Giuseppe Tornatore ("La Sconosciuta"),
Francesco Apolloni ("La VeritÃ , vi prego, sull'amore"), Gianni Amelio ("Le Chiavi di casa,"
Pasinetti Award, 2004 Venice Film Festival) and Michele Placido ("Romanzo criminale").
Favino also co-starred as Christopher Columbus in the megahit American comedy, "Night at
He won the David di Donatello Award for his supporting turn as 'The Lebanese,' a ruthless
gangster bent on conquering Rome's crime world, in "Romanzo criminale," which received 14
total nominations, including one for Best Film. Favino also won the Nastro d'Argento Award
as Best Actor for his performance, and earned another nomination as Best Supporting Actor
for his work in "Le chiavi di casa." He collected his first nomination for Italy's prestigious
Donatello prize for his supporting role of a World War II soldier fighting in Africa in "El
Alamein," directed by Enzo Monteleone.