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Memorable Sicilians & Italians

I will never forget the sign that hung in my father's office and in my barber Franco's shop:
Caesar, Michelangelo, Benini, Botticelli, Cellini, Cicero, Caruso, Cabato, Dante, Galileo, Grimaldi, Garabaldi,
Marconi, Meuci, St. Thomas Aquanis,Toscanini, Marco Polo, Virgil, Vivaldi, Verdi, Sinatra, DiMaggio & Columbus...

No Other People Can Make This Statement

In spite of the common stereotypes of mafia and other less desireable characters, fictional or real, the Italians and the Sicilians have contributed more to this planet than any other ethic group.  More Italians fought and died for the US efforts during World War II, than any other nationality.  The United States was discovered by an Italian (Christoforo Colombo) and named for another (Amerigo Vespucci).  So the next time someone reminds you of the American Mafia and Sicilian Cosa Nostra, remind them of not just those above, but the others of more recent times that have made the United States of America and the rest of the world what it is today.  Please Note, this is in no way a complete list, we are working on it, kindly send us an email of anyone we may have not included at this writing.

Obituary Section
Italian Of the Year Award
Roman Catholic Saints

Additions to this Statement

KEY: (Italian Born) (Sicilian Descent)   (Italian Descent)   (Italian or Sicilian & Other Descent)

Danny Aiello (Actor)
Anna Maria Alberhetti (Actress)
Alan Alda (Actor/Writer/Director)
Mario Andretti (Race Car Driver)
Michael Andretti (Race Car Driver)
Anna Maria Angeli (Actress)
Michelangelo Antonioni (Film)
Giorgio Armani (Fashion Designer)
Charles Atlas (Fitness/Bodybuilder)
Frankie (Avalone) Avalon
Anne Bancroft (Entertainer)
Joseph Barbera (Cartoonist)
Cecilia Bartoli  (Opera Singer)
Mario Batali (Chef)
Lou Bega (Singer)
Vincenzo Bellini (Composer)
Monica Bellucci (Model/Actress)
Tony Bennett (Singer)
Roberto Benigni (Actor)
Yogi Berra (Baseball Legend)
Carlo Bo (Writer)
Andrea Bocelli (Singer)
Jon Bon Jovi (Musician)
Joseph Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte (Ruler of France)
Sonny Bono (Entertainer, Politician)
Michelangelo Buonarroti (Artist)
Lorraine Bracco (Actress)
John Cabot (Explorer)
Julius Caesar (Roman Empire Ruler)
Augustus Octavian Caesar (Emperor)
Frank Capra (Film)
Claudia Cardinale (Actress)
Frankie Carle (Carlone, Song Writer)
Cardinal Carpino
Renato Carosone (Singer)
Roberto Cavalli (Fashion Designer)
Joe Causi (Radio Personality)
Enrico Caruso (Opera Singer)
Richard S. Castellano (Actor)
Valentina Cervi (Actress)
John Ciardi
Russ Columbo (Singer)
Pat Cooper (Comedian)
Nicholas Coppola Cage (Actor)
Dominic Chianese (Actor)
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cristoforo Columbo (Columbus)
Perry Como (Entertainer/Singer)
Francis Ford Coppola (Film Director)
Sophia Coppola (Actress/Director)
Valentina Cortesa
Lucia Corvelli (Model/Actress)
Lou Costello (Castillo) (Comedian)
Franco Cristaldi (Film Director)
Justin R. Cristaldi (Super Genius)
Lucille Cristaldi (Actress)
Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Actress)
Mario Cuomo (Politician)
Alfonse D'Amato (Politician)
Bobby Darin (Entertainer)
Leonardo DaVinci (Inventor/Artist)
Lorenzo de'Medici
Dino De Laurentiis (Director/Producer) 
Beverly D'Angelo (Actress)
Tony Danza (Actor)
Dom DeLouise (Actor)
Robert DeNiro (Actor)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor)
Desi Di Nardo (Poet)
Joe DiMaggio (Baseball Legend)
Dion DiMucci (Musician)
Brian De Palma (Director)
Danny DeVito (Actor)
Al DiMeola
Tamara Dona (Entertainer)
Jimmy Durante (Entertainer)
Mary Ann Esposito (Chef)
Edie Falco (Actress)
Federico Fellini (Film Director)
Geraldine Ferraro (Politician)
Fabrizio Ferri (Photographer)
Connie Francis (Singer)
Giovanni Furno
Lou Ferrigno (Actor/Bodybuilder)
 Enrico Fermi
Giuseppe Ferrata
Jim Florio (Politician)
Fabian Forte (Entertainer)
David Franzoni (Cinema)
Galileo Galilei (Astronomer)
James Gandolfini (Actor)
Giuseppe Garibaldi (Patriot)
Jeanine Garafolo (Comedian)
Joe Garagiola (Sports)
Jeffrey Giuffre (Jazz Musician)
Rudolph W. Giuliani (Politician)
Valerie Golino (Actress)
Lee Iacocca (Industry)
Nathalie Imbruglia (Singer)
Michael Imperioli (Actor)
Ashley Judd (Ciminella) (Actress)
Alicia Keys (Musician) 
Fiorello LaGuardia (Politician)
Anthony LaPaglia (Actor)
Frank Langella
Mario Lanza (Opera Singer) 
Cyndi Lauper (Singer)
Jay Leno (Comedian)
Sergio Leone (Spaghetti Western)
Tea Leone (Actress)
Ray Liotta (Actor)
Liberace (Entertainer)
Johnny LoBianco (Referee)
Robert Loggia (Actor)
Gina Lollabrigida (Actress)
Vince Lombardi (Football Legend) 
Sophia Loren (Actress)
Patti Lupone (Broadway Entertainer)
Nicolo Machiavelli
Anna Magnani (Actress)
Henry Mancini (Composer)
Rocky Marchiano (Boxer)
Gugliemo Marconi (Inventor)
Dean Martin (Singer/Actor)
Al Martino (Singer/Actor)
Marcello Mastroianni (Actor)
Tommy Mattola (Music Industry)
Filippo Mazzei (Entreprenuer)
Natalie Merchant (Musician)
Antonio Meucci (Inventor)
Sal Mineo (Actor)
Grace Mirabella (Publisher)
Liza Minnelli (Entertainer)
Vincente Minnelli (Director)
Lou Monte (Entertainer)
Joe Montegna (Actor)
Indro Montanelli (Journalist)
Ornella Muti (Actress)
Mya (Singer)
Don Novello
Giana Nanini (Musician)
Dean Obeidalla (Comedian)
Alfredo James Pacino (Actor)
Cologero (Chazz) Palminteri (Actor)
George Pataki  (Politician)
Luciano Pavoratti (Singer)
Joe Pesci (Actor)
Bernadette Peters (Lazzara, Entertainer)
Regis Philbin (TV Personality)
Mike Piazza (Baseball Great)
Luigi Pirandello (Author/Playwrite)
Joe Piscapo (Comedian)
Louis Prima (Musician)
Marco Polo (Explorer)
Mario Puzo (Writer)
Christina Ricci (Actress)
Phil Rizutto (Baseball Announcer)
Ray Romano (Comedian)
Isabella Rossalini  (Actress)
Bobby (Ridarelli) Rydell  (Entertainer)
Susan Sarandon (Actress)
Supreme Court Justice Scalia
Jack Scalia (Actor)
Italo Scanga  (Artist)
Francesco Scuvullo (Photographer)
Martin Scorcese (Film Director)
Frank Serpico (Law Enforcement)
Talia Shire (Actress)
John "Goomba" Sialiano (Entertainer)
Frank Albert Sinatra (Singer/Actor)
Frank Sinatra, Jr. (Singer)
Nancy Sinatra (Singer)
Tony Sirico (Actor)
Mira Sorvino (Actress)
Paul Sorvino (Actor/Singer)
Bruce Sprigsteen (Musician)
Sylvester Stallone (Actor)
Fabio Taglioni (Motorcycle Designer)
Gay Talese (Actor/Writer)
Quintin Tarantino (Actor)
Adam Tomei (Actor)
Marisa Tomei (Actress)
Joe Torre (Baseball)
Giuseppe Tornatore (Film Director)
Federigo Tozzi
John Travolta (Actor)
John Turturro
Salvatore Quasimodo (Poet)
Jerry Vale (Singer)
Frankie (Casteluccio) Valli (Musician)
Louis Vanaria (Actor/Singer)
Versace (Fashion)
"Uncle" Floyd Vivino (Entertainer)
Amerigo Vespucci (Explorer)
Verdi (Composer)
Bobby Vinton (Singer)
Vivaldi (Composer)
Valentino (Designer)
Rudolph Valentino (Actor/Singer)
Marco Zanuso (Architect)
Frank Zappa (Musician)

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