List of Italian-American entertainers

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This is a list of Italian American entertainers.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Italian American or must have references showing they are Italian American and are notable.


Composers and conductors[edit]

Fashion models[edit]

Theater directors[edit]

Movie directors and producers[edit]

Television personalities[edit]

  • Carmine Gotti Agnello (1986 - ), reality TV star
  • John Gotti Agnello (1987 - ), reality TV star
  • Frank Gotti Agnello (1990 - ), reality TV star
  • Adam Carolla (1964 - ), comedic radio and television personality
  • Neil Cavuto (1958 - ), television host and commentator hosting Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business on the Fox News Channel
  • Stephen Colletti (1986 - ), reality TV star
  • Giada De Laurentiis (1970 - ), chef, writer, TV Personality and the current host of the Food Network programs Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, Giada's Weekend Getaways and Giada in Paradise.
  • Robert De Laurentiis television director
  • Victoria Gotti (1962 - ), star of Growing Up Gotti on the A&E Network
  • Tony Danza (1951 - ), actor and talk show host
  • Gary Dell'Abate (1961 - ), producer of The Howard Stern Show and co-host of The Wrap-Up Show
  • Giuliana DePandi (1975 - ), host of E! News
  • Annette Funicello (1942–2013), singer and actress, Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeer
  • Jimmy Kimmel (1967 - ), television comedy talk-show host and producer
  • Jay Leno[1] (b. 1950), comedian, known as host of The Tonight Show and the Jay Leno Show
  • Kelly Monaco (1976 - ), model, actress, and reality television contestant
  • Rachael Ray (1968 - ), Emmy-winning television personality and author
  • Leah Remini(1970 - ), actress
  • Kelly Ripa (1970 - ), actress and talk show host
  • Jai Rodriguez (1979 - ), actor and culture guide on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy[2]
  • Hunter Sansone (2014- ), actor.
  • Maria Sansone (1981 - ), host of "the 9" on YAHOO! and special events for TV Guide Network
  • Paris Hilton (1981-) (of partial Italian descent) Socialite, model, entrepreneur and actress. Best known as co-star of "The simple life".

Musicians[edit]

See also List of Sicilian-American jazz musicians

Songwriters[edit]

  • Francesca Battistelli (born 1985), gospel music songwriter and performer
  • Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), born June 13, 1970.
  • Bob DiPiero, songwriter, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame and 1998 Nashville Music Award Songwriter of the Year (has written numerous hits, including "American Made" and "The Girl's Gone Wild")
  • Bob Gaudio songwriter principally for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
  • James V. Monaco early American songwriter "You Made Me Love You".
  • Laura Nyro songwriter (Italian father)
  • Harry Warren (1893–1981), born Salvatore Guaragna, wrote more hit songs than anyone in early 20th century America.
  • Michael Bradley songwriter singer artist and is a former lead singer for the American rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders. he is 75% Italian.

Singers[edit]

Stand-up comedians[edit]

Adult movie stars[edit]

Adult models[edit]

Professional wrestlers[edit]

Entertainers who can't be categorized[edit]

  • Toni Basil (1943 - ), born Antonia Christina Basilotta, dancer, actress, singer
  • James Berardinelli, film critic
  • Judy Canova, born Juliette Canova, (November 20, 1913 - died August 5, 1983) was a comedienne, actress, singer, and radio personality.
  • Joe Cino (1931–1967), theater director and cafe owner credited with launching off-off-Broadway
  • Joe Dallesandro (1948 - ), Underground film star and model made famous by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey
  • Jimmy Durante (1893–1980) Singer, Pianist, Comedian, Actor
  • Fabian (entertainer), (born February 6, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He rose to national prominence after performing several times on American Bandstand. Born Fabiano Anthony Bonaparte, he adopted the stage name Fabian Forte but has always been known by his first name only.
  • Rosina Ferrara (1861–1934) Model to 19th-century American and British painters, muse of American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent.
  • Frank Lentini, born Francesco A. Lentini (1889–1966) was born in Siracusa, Sicily into a large family. He was born with three longer legs, two sets of genitals and one rudimentary foot on his third leg. His primary legs also grew into different lengths. At the age of nine, Lentini moved to the United States and entered the sideshow business.
  • Anthony Scillia aka "Tony Mangia" (born July 10, 1982) Radio and Television Personality
  • Doug Walker aka "That Guy With The Glasses" (born 17 November 1981 in Naples, Italy[14]) Internet comedian and critic that created Nostalgia Critic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CNN Transcript". CNN. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]"Suzette Charles, born Suzette De Gaetano, was the first Italian American to win the Miss America title as the second runner up and replaced Vanessa Williams in the 1984 contest."
  4. ^ Noted as one of several Italian Americans at [3]; [4] "Russ Columbo was born January 14, 1908, in Camden, New Jersey, the twelfth child of Italian immigrants Nicola and Giulia"
  5. ^ [5]"ITALIAN AMERICANS IN POPULAR MUSIC...Born Alfred Cucozza in Philadelphia in 1921, Mario Lanza, took his mother's name as his stage name and became the first vocalist to sell 2.5 million albums and the first singer to receive a gold disc for his recording of "Be My Love.""
  6. ^ Perry - [6] "The 54-year-old rock guitarist grew up in Hopedale in an Italian-Portuguese family and said a passion for food is “in my blood.'’"
  7. ^ Taylor Swift - http://ethnicelebs.com/taylor-swift "Swift has an ancestor named Charles G. Baldi who was born in Italy in 1860."
  8. ^ Van Zandt - [7] "I am Italian. Springsteen's mostly Italian, too. We're both Italians with Dutch names, one of the many things we have in common. My mother remarried when I was young, and my stepfather adopted me."
  9. ^ (half Italian)[8] "Nationality: Mexican/Italian"
  10. ^ [9] "TVG: So you're ready to become a Mafia princess? Mikalah: I am. I'm a good Italian girl!"
  11. ^ Reed, Lou (August 2001). "Cyndi Lauper and Lou Reed". Interview. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Orrico - [10] "The Italian-American songstress..."
  13. ^ Taylor Swift - http://ethnicelebs.com/taylor-swift "Swift has an ancestor named Charles G. Baldi who was born in Italy in 1860."
  14. ^ http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-11/get-know-man-behind-nostalgia-critic-109210