Italian expatriates in the United States

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  1. Sophia Loren

    Sophia Loren


    Sophia Loren (born Sofia Villani Scicolone 20 September 1934) is an Italian film actress. She began her career at age 14 after entering a beauty pageant in 1949. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons, Loren appeared in several bit parts and minor roles until the late 1950s when Loren's five-picture contract with Paramount launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include Houseboat, That Kind of Woman and It Started in Naples.

  2. Rudolph Valentino

    Rudolph Valentino


    Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla, professionally known as Rudolph Valentino (May 6, 1895 – August 23, 1926), was an Italian-born American actor who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. An early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, he was known as the "Latin Lover" or simply as "Valentino". He had applied for American citizenship shortly before his death, which occurred at age 31, causing mass hysteria among his female fans and further propelling him into iconic status.

  3. Pier Angeli

    Pier Angeli


    Pier Angeli (19 June 1932 – 10 September 1971) was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the starring role of the 1951 film Teresa, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Twenty years later she was chosen to play a part in The Godfather, but died before filming began.

  4. Andrea Pirlo

    Andrea Pirlo


    Andrea Pirlo, (born 19 May 1979) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for American club New York City FC and the Italy national team. Pirlo is a free-kick specialist, who is usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both his club and national sides, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest ever exponents of this position, due to his vision, ball control and passing ability.

  5. Paolo Seganti

    Paolo Seganti


    Paolo Seganti (born 20 May 1965 in Rovereto, Trentino, Italy), is an Italian actor and model, known for playing as Damian Grimaldi in the television soap opera As the World Turns.

  6. Victor Alfieri

    Victor Alfieri


    Victor Alfieri (born July 30, 1971) is an American actor and writer, born in Italy and raised in the U.S.

  7. Max Biaggi

    Max Biaggi


    Massimiliano "Max" Biaggi (born 26 June 1971 in Rome, Italy) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion and winner of the 2010 and 2012 World Superbike Championship. Throughout his racing career, he has won the 250cc World Championship four consecutive times, and finished as runner-up in both the 500cc and MotoGP championships. In 2007 he switched to the World Superbike Championship, finishing third overall as a rookie and earned his first Superbike World Championship in 2010 becoming only the 2nd European from outside of the United Kingdom after Raymond Roche to do so. Biaggi announced his retirement from racing on 7 November 2012.

  8. Dino De Laurentiis

    Dino De Laurentiis


    Agostino "Dino" De Laurentiis (8 August 1919 – 10 November 2010) was an Italian film producer. Along with Carlo Ponti, he was one of the producers that brought Italian cinema to the international scene at the end of the Second World War. He produced or co-produced more than 500 films, of which 38 were nominated for Academy Awards. He also had a brief acting career in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

  9. Francesco Quinn

    Francesco Quinn


    Francesco Daniele Quinn (March 22, 1963 – August 5, 2011) was an Italian-born film and television actor. The first son of Oscar winner Anthony Quinn and Jolanda Addolori (Anthony Quinn's second wife), Francesco is perhaps best known for his breakout role as Rhah in Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon (1986). However, his first major role in television was in the prime-time mini-series Quo Vadis?. His final role was the voice of the Autobot Dino (Mirage) in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

  10. Domiziano Arcangeli

    Domiziano Arcangeli


    Domiziano Arcangeli (born June 10, 1968) is an Italian and American actor, producer, and writer.

  11. Camila Giorgi

    Camila Giorgi


    Camila Giorgi (born 30 December 1991 in Macerata) is an Italian professional tennis player of Argentinian background.

  12. Charles Ponzi

    Charles Ponzi


    Charles Ponzi, (March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949) was an Italian businessman and con artist in the U.S. and Canada. His aliases include Charles Ponci, Carlo and Charles P. Bianchi. Born in Italy, he became known in the early 1920s as a swindler in North America for his money-making scheme. He promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States as a form of arbitrage. In reality, Ponzi was paying early investors using the investments of later investors, a practice known as "robbing Peter to pay Paul." While this swindle predated Ponzi by several years, it became so identified with him that it now bears his namesake. His scheme ran for over a year before it collapsed, costing his "investors" $20 million.

  13. Walter Zenga

    Walter Zenga


    Walter Zenga (born 28 April 1960) is a retired Italian footballer and current manager of Sampdoria. He is a long-time goalkeeper for the Italian national team and Internazionale. He also holds Romanian citizenship.

  14. Francesca De Sapio

    Francesca De Sapio


    Francesca De Sapio is an Italian actress and acting coach.

  15. Nicky Mondellini

    Nicky Mondellini


    Nicky Mondellini (born Nicoletta Edna Mondellini Hammond on July 6, 1966 in Milan, Italy) is an Italian-born Mexican actress and professional ballerina.

  16. Paul Porcasi

    Paul Porcasi


    Paul Porcasi (1 January 1879 – 8 August 1946) was an Italian film actor. He appeared in 142 films between 1917 and 1945.

  17. Leo Lionni

    Leo Lionni


    Leo Lionni (May 5, 1910 – October 11, 1999) was an author and illustrator of children's books. Born in the Netherlands, he moved to Italy and lived there before moving to the United States in 1939, where he worked as an art director for several advertising agencies, and then for Fortune magazine. He returned to Italy in 1962 and started writing and illustrating children's books. In 1962 his book Inch by Inch was awarded the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

  18. Candido Jacuzzi

    Candido Jacuzzi


    Candido Enzo Jacuzzi (24 February 1903 – 7 October 1986) was an Italian immigrant to the United States of America. Enzo Jacuzzi invented the Jacuzzi whirlpool bath for his 15-month-old son, Kenny Jacuzzi, who was born with rheumatoid arthritis.

  19. Philip Mazzei

    Philip Mazzei


    Philip Mazzei (but sometimes erroneously cited with the name of Philip Mazzie; December 25, 1730 - March 19, 1816) was an Italian physician. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Mazzei acted as an agent to purchase arms for Virginia during the American Revolutionary War.

  20. Mario Oriani-Ambrosini

    Mario Oriani-Ambrosini


    Mario Gaspare R. Oriani-Ambrosini (October 26, 1960 – August 16, 2014) was an Italian constitutional lawyer and politician who was a Member of Parliament in South Africa with the Inkatha Freedom Party.

  21. Paola Mori

    Paola Mori


    Paola di Girifalco, Contessa di Girifalco (18 September 1928 – 12 August 1986), better known by her professional name Paola Mori was an Italian actress and aristocrat, who was the third and final wife of Orson Welles.

  22. Ferruccio Mazzola

    Ferruccio Mazzola


    Ferruccio Mazzola (February 1, 1948 – May 7, 2013) was an Italian former professional footballer and manager, who played as a midfielder. He was the son of former footballer Valentino Mazzola, and the younger brother of retired footballer Sandro Mazzola.

  23. Cristina Vergano

    Cristina Vergano


    Cristina Vergano (born 1960) is a fine artist born and raised in Italy, presently living and working in New York City. Her classical, academic painting style offsets the highly imaginative content of her work. A playful, surreal vein runs through the artist's work, along with a subtle feminist concern and a wink to Pop art. Vergano’s paintings are populated with human-animal hybrid creatures, Muslim women in lingerie, flying saucers, word games, and amused references to Ingres, Picasso, Lichtenstein, and other masters, both old and modern.

  24. Emmanuel Anati

    Emmanuel Anati


    Emmanuel Anati (Florence, 14 May 1930) is an Italian archaeologist.

  25. Dante Spinotti

    Dante Spinotti


    Dante Spinotti, A.S.C., A.I.C. (born August 22, 1943) is an Italian cinematographer and a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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