Giorgio Cantarini

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Giorgio Cantarini (12 April 1992) is an Italian actor who, to date, has appeared in two Academy Award winning films: 1997's Life Is Beautiful (Italian: La vita è bella) and 2000's Gladiator. Raised in Florence, Italy, Giorgio Cantarini is an only child born to Rimazio and Tina Cantarini. The couple separated and subsequently divorced shortly after Giorgio's fifth birthday. His family nickname is "Gio". Cantarini made his film debut in the 1997 Roberto Benigni directed comedy-drama Life is Beautiful, playing Benigni's four year old son 'Giosué Orefice', who is sent with his Jewish-Italian father to a German concentration camp during World War II. The film won three Academy Awards. In 1998, Cantarini was awarded alongside his castmates of Life Is Beautiful with a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. His second film appearance was in the 2000 Ridley Scott-directed period action/drama Gladiator. Cantarini was cast as the son of Oscar winner Russell Crowe's character 'Maximus'. The film would win five Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards.
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