List of Italian-American entertainers

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This is a list of Italian American entertainers.

Composers and conductors[edit]

Fashion models[edit]

Theater directors[edit]

Movie directors and producers[edit]

Television personalities[edit]


See also List of Sicilian-American jazz musicians.


  • Francesca Battistelli (born 1985), gospel music songwriter and performer
  • Michael Bradley, songwriter, singer, artist, former lead singer for the rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders; 3/4 Italian
  • Peter Cincotti (born 1983), singer-pianists and songwriter
  • Rivers Cuomo (born 1970), member of Weezer
  • 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")
  • Rick DePiro jazz organist, jazz pianist, country singer-songwriter, record producer
  • Bob Gaudio, songwriter principally for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Christina Grimmie, singer and songwriter, known for her participation in the NBC singing competition The Voice
  • James V. Monaco, early American songwriter "You Made Me Love You"
  • Laura Nyro, songwriter, Italian father, Northern Irish mother
  • Patti Scialfa, father of Sicilian ancestry
  • Harry Warren (1893–1981), born Salvatore Guaragna, wrote more hit songs than anyone else in early 20th-century America


Stand-up comedians[edit]

Adult movie stars[edit]

Adult models[edit]

Professional wrestlers[edit]

Entertainers who cannot be categorized[edit]


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