Raoul Bova

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Bova during the promotion of Ever Been to the Moon? (2015)
Raoul Bova

(1971-08-14) 14 August 1971 (age 48)
Occupation Actor
Years active1984present
Spouse(s)Chiara Giordano (2000-2013), 3 children , Rocio Muñoz (2013-present), 2 children

Raoul Bova (born 14 August 1971) is an Italian actor. Bova's European film breakthrough was in the 1993 film Piccolo grande amore , and he's played romantic male leads the following years. His American film credits include Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and The Tourist (2010).


Life and career

Bova was born in Rome to a father from Roccella Ionica in Calabria and an Arbëreshë mother from Acerra in Campania. [1] At the age of 16 Bova became a local champion in the 100 meter backstroke.[ citation needed ] At the age of 21 he joined the Italian Army and performed his military duty in the Bersaglieri (sharpshooters) corps.[ citation needed ] He enrolled in the ISEF, the Italian Institute of Physical Education, but dropped out to pursue a career in acting. [2] He studied at the school of Beatrice Bracco in Rome and also studied acting with Michael Margotta.

After making Italian television debut, Bova starred as a hunky watersports instructor in the 1993 romantic comedy film Piccolo grande amore . [3] The following years, Bova played many leading roles in the Italian romantic films. [3] In 2002, he made his American film debut appearing in the crime comedy Avenging Angelo . The following year, Bova played Diane Lane's love interest in the comedy-drama film Under the Tuscan Sun . In 2004, he co-starred opposite Sanaa Lathan in the science fiction film Alien vs. Predator . [4] His other notable American film credits include The Tourist (2010), and All Roads Lead to Rome opposite Sarah Jessica Parker. [5]

On television, Bova had a recurring role in the ABC comedy-drama What About Brian from 2006 to 2007, and in 2018 starred as Pope Sixtus IV in the British-Italian period drama Medici . In 2019, he starred opposite Kate del Castillo in the Telemundo/Netflix crime drama series La Reina del Sur . [6]

Personal life

In March 2000, he married Chiara Giordano. In 2013, Bova and Giordano separated. [7] That same year he started dating actress Rocio Muñoz, after the two met on the film set of Immaturi - Il viaggio (2012). [8] They had their first child in December 2015, the same month their film All Roads Lead to Rome was released. [8]

On 15 October 2010, Raoul Bova was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Bova in Scusa ma ti chiamo amore (2008) Scusa ma ti chiamo amore.jpg
Bova in Scusa ma ti chiamo amore (2008)


1992Mutande pazzeRoccoRoberto D'Agostino
When We Were Repressed Unknown Pino Quartullo Uncredited
1993Cominciò tutto per casoRomoloUmberto Marino
Piccolo grande amore Marco Carlo Vanzina
1995 Palermo - Milan One Way Nino Di Venanzio Claudio Fragasso Flaiano Prizes for Best Actor
Nominated — David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
1996 The Nymph Pietro Lina Wertmüller
The Border Emidio Olrich Franco Giraldi
La lupa Nanni Lasca Gabriele Lavia
1997 Hercules Hercules (voice) Ron Clements, John Musker Italian dub
The Mayor RafiluccioUgo Fabrizio Giordani
1998Coppia omicidaDario Claudio Fragasso
RewindPaul Mansart Sergio Gobbi
1999Terra bruciataFrancesco Loreano/ Tom GrassoFabio Segatori
2001 The Knights of the Quest Giacomo Pupi Avati
2002 Avenging Angelo Marcello/ Gianni Carboni Martyn Burke
2003 Facing Windows Lorenzo Ferzan Özpetek
Under the Tuscan Sun Marcello Audrey Wells
2004 Alien vs. Predator Sebastian De Rosa Paul W. S. Anderson
2005Stasera lo faccioProfessor Alessio Gelsini Torresi
2006 Ice on Fire FabrizioUmberto Marino
2007 I, the Other GiuseppeMohsen Melliti Italian Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
Milano - Palermo: Il ritorno Nino di Venanzio Claudio Fragasso
2008 Scusa ma ti chiamo amore Alex Belli Federico Moccia
Bolt Bolt (voice) Chris Williams, Byron Howard Italian dub
Aspettando il soleEneaAgo Panini
2009 Sbirri Matteo GattiRoberto Burchielli Nastro d'Argento Special Silver Ribbon
Baarìa Journalist Giuseppe Tornatore Cameo appearance
2010La bella societàRomoloGian Paolo Cugno
Sorry If I Want to Marry You Alex Belli Federico Moccia
La nostra vita Piero Daniele Luchetti Nominated — David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor
Ti presento un amico Marco Ferretti Carlo Vanzina
The Tourist Filippo Gaggia Florian Henckel von Donnersmark
2011 The Immature Giorgio Romanini Paolo Genovese
Escort in Love Giulio Massimiliano Bruno Italian Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
2012 The Immature: The Trip Giorgio Romanini Paolo Genovese
Viva l'Italia Riccardo Spagnolo Massimiliano Bruno
2013 Buongiorno papà Andrea Edoardo Leo Nominated — Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor
Indovina chi viene a Natale? Francesco Fausto Brizzi
2014 Unique Brothers PietroAlessio Maria Federici
Do You See Me? Francesco Riccardo Milani
2015 Ever Been to the Moon? Renzo Paolo Genovese
The Choice Giorgio Michele Placido
Torno indietro e cambio vitaMarco Damiani Carlo Vanzina
2016 All Roads Lead to Rome Luca Ella Lemhagen
2019 The Addams Family Uncle Fester (voice) Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Italian dub


1992Una storia italianaGiuliano AmitranoMiniseries; 2 episodes
1995La piovra 7Gianni BredaMiniseries; 6 episodes
1997La piovra 8Miniseries; 2 episodes
1998La piovra 9Miniseries; 2 episodes
Il quarto reAlazharTelevision film
UltimoRoberto "Ultimo" Di StefanoMiniseries; 2 episodes
1999Ultimo - La sfidaMiniseries; 2 episodes
2000 Distretto di Polizia FerdinandoEpisode: "L'agguato"
2001Il testimoneMarco BasileMiniseries; 2 episodes
2002Francesca e NunziataFederico MontorsiTelevision film
St. Francis FrancescoMiniseries; 2 episodes
Scherzi a parte HimselfEpisode: "Episode 1"
2003Ultimo - L'infiltratoRoberto "Ultimo"Miniseries; 2 episodes
2005 Karol: A Man Who Became Pope Tomasz ZaleskiMiniseries; 2 episodes
2006Attacco allo StatoDiego MarraMiniseries; 2 episodes
2006–2007 What About Brian AngeloRecurring role; 7 episodes
2007Nassiryia - Per non dimenticareStefano CarboniMiniseries; 2 episodes
The Company Roberto EscalonaEpisode: "Episode 3"
2008 I Cesaroni HimselfEpisode: "La posta del cuore"
15 SecondsActorShort film; also producer
2009 Intelligence: Servizi & segreti Marco TancrediMain role; 6 episodes
2011I guardiani del tesoroAngeloTelevision film
2011–2013Come un delfinoAlessandro DominiciMain role; 6 episodes
2013Ultimo - L'occhio del falcoRoberto "Ultimo"Miniseries; 2 episodes
Family Guy Additional voicesEpisode: "Boopa-dee Bappa-dee"
2014Angeli - Una storia d'amoraClaudioTelevision film
2016Fuoco Amico TF45 - Eroe per amoreEnea De SantisMain role; 8 episodes, also producer
2018 Medici Pope Sixtus IVMain role (season 2); 6 episodes
Ultimo - Caccia ai NarcosRoberto "Ultimo"Miniseries; 2 episodes
2019 La Reina del Sur Francesco BelmondoMain role; 58 episodes

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