Edoardo Costa

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Edoardo Costa
Edoardo Cicorini

(1967-08-07) 7 August 1967 (age 52)
Varese, Italy
Alma materUniversità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
OccupationModel, actor, entrepreneur
Parent(s)Pietro Cicorini
Rosangela Cicorini

Edoardo Cicorini (born 7 August 1967; better known as Edoardo Costa) is an Italian-born fashion model, actor and entrepreneur. Costa's career began in the fashion industry in the early 1990s, when he worked for the modeling agency Why Not. While working as a model, Costa decided to begin studying acting in Paris, Milan, and Los Angeles. Following his studies, Costa went on to make various appearances on U.S. television. Some series included Baywatch, Arliss, and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Following his success on US television, Costa also made a variety of independent American films, which led him to play his first major role in the film Live Free or Die Hard starring Bruce Willis.[1] In the film, Costa played the role of Thomas Gabriel's henchman, Emerson.[2] His debut major role in an American film was the 2011 drama called Down the Shore alongside James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen. Costa has made forays into theater by acting in the plays Bread Love Fantasy and Very Old Man, alongside Marcello Mastroianni. Costa has worked on numerous Italian soap operas, television series, films, and reality shows throughout his career.

Early life[edit]

Costa was born on 7 August 1967 in the town of Varese in Northern Italy, around 34 miles north of Milan. His father, Pietro, was a transport business owner, and his mother, Rosangela, worked at the local electric company. He had some sibling, a younger sister, Monica. Costa was educated in Italy and attended Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, which is considered the largest Catholic University in the world.[3] He studied Philosophy while at the University.[4]

After completing his education, Costa served his military service as a Carabinieri in the mid-1980s. It was during this period in his life when he was discovered by a modelling scout in a local bar in Milan.[4]


1980s - 2007: Early work[edit]

After being spotted by a modelling scout, Costa began to work for the modelling agency, Why Not. The modelling agency was founded in 1976 and had managed many famous models, including Naomi Campbell.[5] Following his modelling career, Costa's first acting appearance came in 1988, when he featured in the film, Human Error.[6]

After appearing in Human Error, Costa featured in a number of US TV shows, including Baywatch, Arliss, and The Bold and the Beautiful. His appearances on American television coincided with various roles on Italian television series. This began in 1996, when he played the role of Lorenzo Macchia on the show Un posto al sole. Over the next decade, he spent a number of years working on various Italian TV shows.[4]

His first role in a major film came in 2007, when he played the villain's henchman in Live Free or Die Hard.

In 2007, Costa took control of Beatrice International Models, which is considered within the fashion industry as a similar agency to Ford Models, Elite and Next with former models including Iman and Stephanie Seymour. The venture catapulted Costa into the international spotlight. The modeling agency also began a formal dialogue with the National Eating Disorders Association and its CEO, Dr. Lynne Grefe. The effort made it the first international modeling agency to work together with the association to spread awareness and positive prevention about the diseases that have plagued the industry for decades. In 2007, Costa also opened The Actor’s Academy Milano. Inspired by his experience studying acting in America, Costa began one of the first schools in Europe to exclusively recruit Lifetime Members of the Actor’s Studio—as well as teachers from other prestigious American acting schools including the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, the Beverly Hills Playhouse and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, all of whom specialized in method acting using the system created by Konstantin Stanislavski.[citation needed] The Actor's Academy Milano has hosted acclaimed actors such as Martin Landau and Mickey Rourke.

2008 - present[edit]

In 2008 and in 2009, Striscia la notizia, a news program in Italy, raised concerns about the alleged embezzlement of funds of a non-profit organization founded by Costa for the benefit of children in Kenya and the inhabitants of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.[7]

On May 24, 2011, Costa was charged with fraud by prosecutors in Milan, Italy.[8][9] On July 12, 2012, Costa was sentenced to three years of prison, a fine of 2,000 Euros and 7,000 Euros.[10] Costa denied the charges and later appealed against the original verdict.[11]

In 2010, Costa had a major role as Colonel Tanelli in The Black Tulip. In the film he played the role of Colonel Tanelli. The film revolves around the Mansouri family, who open a restaurant in Kabul.[12] The film was selected for screening as Afghanistan's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[13][14]

In 2013, he appeared in the film Non-Stop with Liam Neeson. In the film he played the role of Herve Philbert.[15]


Year Film / Television Series Role Notes
1988 Human Error Unknown
1996 Un posto al sole Lorenzo Macchia
1998 Un medico in famiglia Unknown
1999 Vivere Riccardo Moretti
1999 Finalmente soli Unknown
1999 Anni '60 Unknown
1999 Millennium Man Marco Sanjoni
2000 Distretto di Polizia Unknown
2000 Valeria medico legale Unknown
2001 Una donna per amico 3 Unknown
2001 Hollow Detective Santini
2001 Angelo il custode Adriano
2003 The Bold and the Beautiful Riccardo Moretti
2005 Il cielo può attendere Unknown
2005 Ricomincio da me Luca Biagini
2006 The Night Before the Exams Ottavio - fidanzato della mamma di Claudia
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Emerson
2010 Black Tulip Colonel Tanelli
2011 Down the Shore Jacques Sardi
2014 Non Stop Herve Philbert
2014 Grand Street Sebastian
2014 Panzehir Francesco Sasso
2015 Cold Thomas Blake
2015 CrAzy Edoardo
2015 Club Santino Marco
2017 Culture of Fear David
2017 General Commander Orsini
2019 My Sweet Life Antonio


  1. ^ Dassia, Lara. "ctor Bruce Willis and Italian actor Edoardo Costa attends 'Live Free Or Die Hard' photocall at Hotel De Russie October 15, 2007". Wire Image.
  2. ^ Live Free or Die Hard, Yahoo, Retrieved on 13 August 2009 Archived December 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Relazione letta dal Rettore Magnifico Prof. Lorenzo Ornaghi per l'inaugurazione dell'A.A. 2003-2004" [Report Read by the Rector Prof. Lorenzo Ornaghi for the Inauguration of the 2003-2004 Academic Year] (PDF) (in Italian). Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. 2003-11-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Bio - Edoardo Costa". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Why Not Modelling Agency". Models.com.
  6. ^ "Human Error (1988)". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Ex driver Edoardo Costa reveals: "He used money for non-profit private expenditure"". Quotidiano.net. April 13, 2010. Archived from the original on April 15, 2010.
  8. ^ "Edoardo Costa, closed investigations into charities". ANSA. May 24, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-03-29.
  9. ^ "Edoardo Costa investigated for fraud against African children". May 24, 2011. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011.
  10. ^ "Three years imprisonment for Edoardo Costa actor accused of cheating and appropriazione". Sera. Archived from the original on 2013-03-03.
  11. ^ "Edoardo Costa, in esilio dall'Italia ora recita in Turchia (ed è amico di Rihanna)". May 14, 2014.
  12. ^ Barnes, Brooks (September 21, 2010). "A Director's Many Battles to Make Her Movie". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  13. ^ "2010-2011 Foreign Language Film Award Screening Schedule". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  14. ^ "Foreign language films submitted for Oscars". The Independent. London. September 30, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  15. ^ Chitwood, Adam (November 8, 2012). "First Synopsis for Director Jaume Collet-Serra's NON-STOP Starring Liam Neeson". Collider.com. Retrieved December 11, 2012.

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