Toni Servillo

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Toni Servillo
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Toni Servillo in 2017
Marco Antonio Servillo

(1959-01-25) 25 January 1959 (age 61)
Afragola, Italy
Occupation Film actor, theatre actor, theatre director, opera director
Years active1987–present

Marco Antonio Servillo [1] (Italian:  [ˈtɔni serˈviːllo] ; born 25 January 1959), known as Toni Servillo, is an Italian actor and theatrical director.


He has won the European Film Award for Best Actor twice, in 2008 for both Gomorrah and Il Divo and in 2013 for The Great Beauty , as well as winning the David di Donatello for Best Actor four times from 2002 to 2013. In 2020, The New York Times ranked him #7 on its list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century. [2]

Early life

Servillo was born 25 January 1959 in Afragola, Campania. He is the brother of musician Peppe Servillo.


Toni Servillo (right) in 2007, with the then President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. Toni Servillo.jpg
Toni Servillo (right) in 2007, with the then President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

His international breakthrough roles came in 2008 as Giulio Andreotti in Il Divo and Roberto's boss, Franco in Gomorrah . Both films were nominated in the Golden Palm awards.

Between 2000 and 2007, he also directed several opera productions, [1] including Cimarosa's Il marito disperato and Beethoven's Fidelio for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, where in 2003 he also staged Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos . [3]

In 2013, Servillo was selected as best actor at the 26th European Film Awards for his appearance in Paolo Sorrentino's film The Great Beauty . [4]

In 2018 he portrayed Silvio Berlusconi in Loro .

Personal life

Since the 1960s he has lived in Caserta, with his wife and his children.



Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella in The Great Beauty Jep Gambardella.jpg
Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella in The Great Beauty
1992 Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician Pietro
1993RasoiIl guappoAlso screenwriter
1997 The Vesuvians Mayor of NaplesSegment: La Salita
1998 Rehearsals for War Franco Turco
2001 One Man Up Tony Pisapia
Red Moon Amerigo
2004 The Consequences of Love Titta di Girolamo
Changing DestinyAngelo CardiAs Antonio Servillo
Notte senza fineSalem
2005IncidentiNarrator (voice)
2007Il pianto della statua
The Girl by the Lake Giovanni Sanzio
Don't Waste Your Time, Johnny! Maestro Domenico Falasco
2008 Gomorrah Franco
Il Divo Giulio Andreotti
Non chiederci la parola Narrator (voice)
2009L'ultima salita
Deserto rosa
2010 Gorbaciof Gorbaciof
Noi credevamo Giuseppe Mazzini
A Quiet Life Rosario Russo
A View of Love Sergio Bartoli
2011 The Jewel Ernesto Botta
2012 It Was the Son Nicola Ciarlo
Dormant Beauty Uliano Beffardi
Il viaggio della signorina VilaNarrator (voice)Short film
2013 Long Live Freedom Enrico Oliveri / Giovanni Ernani
The Great Beauty Jep Gambardella
2016 The Confessions Roberto Salus
2017Lasciati andareElia
2017 The Girl in the Fog Agente Vogel
2018 Loro Silvio Berlusconi / Ennio Doris
2019 5 is the Perfect Number Peppino Lo Cicero
L'uomo del labirinto Bruno Genko
TBA The Hand of God Filming


2004Sabato, domenica e lunedìPeppino PrioreTelevision film
2014Le voci di dentroAntonio SaporitoTelevision film

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult [5]
1998 Nastro d'Argento Best Actor The Vesuvians Nominated
2001 Venice International Film Festival Pasinetti Award Red Moon Won
2002 Golden Ciak Best Supporting ActorNominated
David di Donatello Best Actor One Man Up Nominated
Nastro d'Argento Best Actor Nominated
2005 David di Donatello Best Actor The Consequences of Love Won
Nastro d'Argento Best Actor Won
European Film Award People's Choice Award for Best ActorNominated
2008 Venice International Film Festival Pasinetti Award The Girl by the Lake Won
David di Donatello Best Actor Won
Nastro d'Argento Best Actor Won
Italian Golden Globe Best ActorNominated
Golden Ciak Best Supporting Actor Don't Waste Your Time, Johnny! Nominated
European Film Award Best Actor Gomorrah and Il Divo Won
2009 David di Donatello Best Actor Il DivoWon
Nastro d'Argento Best Actor Won
Golden Ciak Best ActorWon
Italian Golden Globe Best ActorGomorrahWon
2010 Rome Film Festival Best Actor A Quiet Life Won
2011 Nastro d'Argento Best Actor A Quiet Life and The Jewel Nominated
Italian Golden Globe Best Actor Gorbaciof Nominated
2013 David di Donatello Best Actor Long Live Freedom Nominated
Golden Ciak Best ActorNominated
Dublin Film Critics' Circle Award Best Actor The Great Beauty Nominated
European Film Award Best Actor Won
Italian Golden Globe Best ActorWon
2014 David di Donatello Best Actor Won
Golden Ciak Best ActorWon
2017 David di Donatello Best Actor The Confessions Nominated
Nastro d'Argento Best Actor Lasciati andareNominated
2020 Nastro d'Argento Lifetime Achievement Award Won

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