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PIERFRANCESCO FAVINO (Inspector Ernesto Olivetti), 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. He 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 popular 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 Verità, vi prego, sull'amore), Gianni Amelio (Le Chiavi di casa, Pasinetti Award, 2004 Venice Film Festival), Michele Placido (Romanzo Criminale), Ferzan Ozpetek (Saturno Contro), and Maria Sole Tognazzi (L'uomo che ama).

Favino's American films include the megahit Night at the Museum, in which he played Christopher Columbus, The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian, as Lord Glozelle and Spike Lee's World War II drama Miracle at St. Anna.

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 won the Premio Diamanti Award as Best Actor at Venice Film Festival for Saturno Contro. 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.

His television work includes the great Italian biopics "Gino Bartali, L'Intramontabile" and "Pane e Libertà" (the life of the italian syndicalist Giuseppe Di Vittorio). Favino co-starred "Padre Pio" and "Enzo Ferrari" with Sergio Castellitto.


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