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AMERIGO TO AMERICA

Amerigo Vespucci 1454-1512
The Legacy of Italians in the Americas

poster Amerigo Vespucci was the third son of Ser Anastasio, a Florentine notary. He was brought up by his uncle in the Republic of Florence.

Vespucci worked for Lorenzo de' Medici and his son, Giovanni. In 1492 he was sent to work at the Seville, Spain branch of the Medici bank.

At the invitation of King Manuel I of Portugal, Vespucci participated as observer in several voyages that explored the east coast of South America between 1499 and 1502. Manuel's commander Pedro Álvares Cabral, on his way to the Cape of Good Hope and India in 1500, had discovered Brazil at latitude 16°52'S. Portugal claimed this land by the Treaty of Tordesillas, and the King wished to know whether it was merely an island or part of the continent that Spanish explorers had encountered further north.

Vespucci, having already been to the Brazilian shoulder, seemed the person best qualified to go as an observer with the new expedition Manuel was sending. Vespucci did not command at the start–the Portuguese captain was probably Gonçalo Coelho–but ultimately took charge at the request of the Portuguese officers. Vespucci, in all probability, voyaged to America at the time noted, but he did not have command and as yet had no practical experience piloting a ship. On the first of these voyages he was aboard the ship that discovered that South America extended much further south than previously thought.

The expeditions became widely known in Europe after two accounts attributed to Vespucci were published between 1502 and 1504. In 1507, Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the new continent America after Vespucci's first name, Amerigo. In an accompanying book, Waldseemüller published one of the Vespucci accounts, which led to criticism that Vespucci was trying to upset Christopher Columbus' glory. However, the rediscovery in the 18th century of other letters by Vespucci, primarily the Soderini Letter, has led to the view that the early published accounts could be fabrications, not by Vespucci, but by others.

In 1503 Vespucci sailed in Portuguese service again to Brazil, but this expedition failed to make new discoveries. The fleet broke up, the Portuguese commander's ship disappeared, and Vespucci could proceed only a little past Bahia before returning to Lisbon in 1504. He did not sail again, and as there seemed no more work for him in Portugal he returned to Seville, where he settled permanently and where he had earlier married Maria de Cerezo. He was middle-aged, and the fact that there were no children might indicate that Maria was also past her youth.

He died on February 22, 1512 in Seville, Spain, of an unknown cause.

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Italian Americans in the United States

Activists
• Arturo Giovannitti (1884–1959) union leader and poet
• Sacco and Vanzetti (1891–1927; 1888–1927)
• Carlo Tresca (1879–1943)
• Luigi Galleani (1861–1931)


Architects
• Vito Acconci
• Pietro Belluschi
• Giorgio Cavaglieri
• Mario J. Ciampi
• Neil Denari
• Romaldo Giurgola
• Michael Manfredi
• Giovanni Pasanella
• Rosaria PiomelliM.
• George Ranalli
• Michael Rotondi, Morphosis
• Mario Salvadori
• Lawrence Scarpa
• Ricardo Scofidio
• Paolo Soleri
• Robert Venturi
• Ferruccio Vitale


Artists

Mark Adamo (1962 - ), composer and librettist
Angelo Badalamenti (1937 - ), music composer
• Marco Beltrami (1966 - ), film composer
• Chester Biscardi (1948 - ), classical composer
• Louis Calabro (1926–1991), classical composer
• Ronald Caltabiano (1959 - ), classical composer
• Antonio Ciacca (1969 - ), jazz pianist
• Suzanne Ciani (1946 - ), pioneer in electronic music
• Fausto Cleva (1902–1971), operatic conductor
• Bill Conti (1943 - ), film musical director
• Carmine Coppola (1910–1991), composer, editor, musical director and songwriter
• John Corigliano (1938 - ), classical composer
• Paul Creston (1906–1985), classical composer
• Douglas J. Cuomo (1958 – ), classical, opera, tv & film composer
• David Del Tredici (1937 - ), contemporary composer
• Thomas DeLio (1951 - ), composer and writer
• Norman Dello Joio (1913 - ), composer
• David DiChiera (1935 - ), composer
• Vince DiCola, composer
• James Di Pasquale (1941 - ), classical composer
• Salvatore Di Vittorio (1967 - ), classical composer and orchestral conductor
• JoAnn Falletta (1954 - ), classical musician and orchestral conductor
• John Ferritto (1937 - ), classical composer and conductor
• Michael Giacchino (1967 - ), soundtrack composer
• Vittorio Giannini (1903–1966), neoromantic composer of operas, songs, symphonies and band works
• Anthony Iannaccone (1943 - ), composer and conductor
• Henry Mancini (1924–1994), Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger
• Chuck Mangione, jazz flugelhorn player and composer
• Donald Martino (1931–2005), Pulitzer Prize winning composer
• Salvatore Martirano (1927–1995), classical composer
• Peter Mennin (1923–1983), composer
• Gian Carlo Menotti (1911–2007), composer and librettist
• Nicola Montani (1880–1948), composer
• Thomas Pasatieri, classical composer and pianist
• Vincent Persichetti (1915–1987), classical composer, teacher and pianist
• Walter Piston (1894–1976), classical composer
• Teddy Randazzo (1935–2003), composer
• Nicola Rescigno (1916–2008), opera conductor closely associated with Maria Callas who co-founded both the Chicago Lyric and Dallas Operas
• Dalmazio Santini (1923–2003), classical composer
• Arturo Toscanini (1867–1957), cellist and world renown conductor
• Francesca Zambello (1956 - ), opera and theater director
• Frank Zappa (1940–1993), composer, guitarist

Fashion Models
• Brian Bianchini
• Gia Carangi (1960–1986)
• Anthony Catanzaro
• Charles Dera
• Christine Dolce
• Adrianne Curry
• Clint Mauro
• Jonathon Prandi
• Isabella Rossellini
• Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann

Theater directors
• Gerard Alessandrini
• Michael Bennett
• Lawrence Carra
• Michael Cassara
• Bart DeLorenzo
• Frank Ferrante
• Leonard Foglia
• Albert Innaurato
• Joe Mantello
• Tom Palumbo
• John Rando

Movie directors and producers

• Frank Borzage (1893–1962), film director and actor famed for his mystical romanticism
• Albert R. Broccoli (1909–1996), producer of all but one of the first 17 James Bond movies
• Barbara Broccoli (1960 - ), daughter of producer Albert R. Broccoli
• Nicolas Cage actor, director and producer
• Frank Capra (1897–1991), film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films of the 1930s and 1940s
• David Chase (1945 - ), creator of The Sopranos
• Michael Cimino (1939 - ), film director - The Deer Hunter
• Francis Ford Coppola (1939 - ), five time Academy Award winning film director, producer, and screenwriter
• Roman Coppola (1965 - ), film and music video director
• Sofia Coppola (1971 - ), director, actress, producer
• Frank Coraci (1966 - ), film director
• Gerard Damiano (1928 - ), former adult film director
• Brian De Palma (1940 - ), movie director
• Tom DeSanto (1968 - ), film producer
• Danny DeVito (1944 - ), actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer
• Denise Di Novi (1956 - ), film producer
• Abel Ferrara (1951 - ), film director
• Vincent Gallo (1962 - ), movie actor and director starring in a number of independent movies. Gallo is also a recognized painter, male fashion model, musician, motorcycle racer and breakdancer
• Gregory La Cava (1892–1952), film director of the 1930s
• Matthew F. Leonetti
• Michael Polcino, animation director
• Robert Pulcini, film director
• Guido Quaroni, computer modeler and computer animation maker at Pixar Animation Studios
• Frank Renzulli, actor, writer and producer
• Lou Romano, member of the Art Department in Pixar Animation Studios
• Damon Santostefano
• Martin Scorsese (1942 - ), iconic Academy Award-winning film director
• Tina Sinatra (1948 - ), movie producer and former actress
• Quentin Tarantino (1963 - ), film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter
• Stanley Tucci (1960 - ), actor, writer, film producer and film director
• Maurizio Vasco (1955 - ), director, writer, independent producer
• Thomas Vitale, Senior Vice President of Programming & Original Movies for the Sci Fi Channel

Television personalities

• 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
• Amanda Coluccio (1986 - ), American Idol, Season 6
• 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 - ), singer and actress, Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeer
• Jimmy Kimmel (1967 - ), television comedy talk-show host and producer
• Jay Leno (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
• 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

• Mitchel Musso, Disney "Hannah Montana" Star. part Italian on father's side.
• Ariana Grande, from the Broadway musical 13 and the Nickelodeon series Victorious
• Sal Abruscato, American hard rock/heavy metal drummer, known for his work with early Type O Negative and Life of Agony
• Roberto Alagna, operatic tenor
• Steve Albini (1962 - ), indie rock musician, producer
• Trey Anastasio, leader of jam band Phish
• Frank Bello, heavy metal bass player for Anthrax
• Louie Bellson, born Luigi Ballassoni, big band drummer
• Charlie Benante, heavy metal drummer for Anthrax
• Tony Bennett, born Anthony Benedetto
• Corbin Bleu, singer and actor in High School Musical, has an Italian mother
• Bizzy Bone, born Bryon McCane, rapper from the group Bone Thugs N Harmony
• Patrick Bonfrisco, drummer, Enewetak.
• Jon Bon Jovi (1962 - ), born John Francis Bongiovi, rock star, actor
• Chris Botti, jazz trumpeter. Italian on father's side.
• Terry Bozzio, (1950 - ) drummer best known for his stint with Frank Zappa, as well as his music for solo drum kit
• Freddy Cannon, (1940 - ), born Frederick Anthony Picariello, was an American rock and roll singer. He had three top ten hits.
• Chris Carrabba, Lead singer of Dashboard Confessional and former lead singer of Further Seems Forever
• Micheal Castaldo, singer, songwriter and producer.
• Suzette Charles, singer, entertainer, former Miss America
• Gary Cherone, former lead singer of Extreme and Van Halen.
• Lou Christie (1943 - ), born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco on February, singer-songwriter
• Dr. Chud, born David Calabrese, former drummer for the Misfits
• John Cocuzzi, jazz musician
• Vinnie Colaiuta, drummer famous both in jazz circles for his virtuosity and his stint with Frank Zappa
• Russ Columbo (1908–1934), born Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo, composer, singer, violinist and actor, perhaps most famous for his signature tune, "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love", and the legend surrounding his early death
• Chick Corea, jazz pianist virtuoso - played with Miles Davis
• Don Costa, pop music arranger
• Dan Costello, guitarist, played with The DeFranco Family
• Peter Criss, born George Peter John Criscuola, drummer, formerly of KISS
• Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist for Frank Zappa, Missing Persons and Duran Duran
• Rivers Cuomo, (Weezer), born June 13, 1970.
• Alan Dale (1926-2002) , born Aldo Sigismondi, was a singer of traditional popular and rock'n'roll music.
• Bobby Darin (1936–1973), born Walden Robert Cassotto, was one of the most popular rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s.
• Glenn Danzig, born Glenn Anzalone, former lead singer/ one of the founders for the Misfits
• Buddy DeFranco, jazz musician
• Tony DeFranco, lead singer and guitarist of The DeFranco Family.
• Chris DeGarmo, ex-guitarist of 80s rock band Queensrÿche.
• Joey DeMaio, bassist, main songwriter and one of the founding members of the heavy metal band Manowar.
• Liberty DeVitto, rock drummer for Billy Joel
• Al Di Meola, jazz fusion guitarist
• Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010), heavy metal singer
• Joe Dolce
• Micky Dolenz, singer and drummer for "The Monkees"
• Charlie Dominici, ex-Dream Theater vocalist, founding member of Dominici
• Faith Evans, singer
• Nick Falcon, psychobilly guitarist, founding member of The Young Werewolves
• Joe Farrell, jazz saxophonist, born Joseph Firrantello
• Josh Farro, lead guitarist for Paramore
• Zac Farro, drummer for Paramore
• Johnny Frigo, jazz violinist and bassist
• John Frusciante, guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers
• Davey Havok (1975 - ), born David Paden Passaro, later changed to David Paden Marchand, vocalist for AFI
• Frank Iero, rhythm guitarist for the band My Chemical Romance
• Chris Impellitteri, guitarist
• Chris Isaak, songwriter, singer and actor, his mother is Italian-American
• Joe Jonas, member of the band Jonas Brothers (great-grandfather of Italian descent)
• Kevin Jonas, member of the band Jonas Brothers (great-grandfather of Italian descent)
• Nick Jonas, member of the band Jonas Brothers (great-grandfather of Italian descent)
• Alycia Jones, singer-songwriter, actress, and model, her mother is Italian and her father is African-American
• Alicia Keys, A well-known pianist,and a philanthropist she is also Irish, Scottish, and Jamacian.
• Scott LaFaro, jazz musician
• Nick LaRocca, jazz musician
• Mario Lanza
• DJ Green Lantern (born James D'Agostini), Hip-Hop DJ, His father is Puerto Rican but his mother is Italian.
• Adam Lazzara, lead singer of Taking Back Sunday
• Carmen Lombardo, vocalist and composer
• Guy Lombardo, born Gaetano Alberto "Guy" Lombardo, bandleader and violinist
• Lebert Lombardo, trumpeter (Louis Armstrong named Lebert as one of his favorite trumpeters)
• Victor Lombardo, saxophonist
• Joe Long, born Joseph LaBracio, bass guitarist and vocal arranger for The Four Seasons.
• Dean Martin (1917–1995), singer and film actor, known as one of the most famous music artists from the 1950s period
• Fred Mascherino, guitarist & backing vocals of Taking Back Sunday
• Natalie Merchant, singer & songwriter, her father is of Italian descent.
• Anna Moffo (1932–2006), lyric-coloratura soprano
• Joe Morello, drummer for Dave Brubeck Quartet
• Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine
• Sal Mosca, jazz pianist
• Tony Mottola, guitarist
• Chieli Minucci, smooth jazz guitarist
• Jerry Only, born Gerald Caiafa, guitarist, current lead singer for the Misfits
• Felix Pappalardi, rock and roll bassist and producer
• Joe Pass (1929–1994), born Joseph Anthony Jacobi Passalaqua, jazz guitarist
• John Patitucci, electric and acoustic bass virtuoso - played with Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter among others
• Art Pepper, jazz musician
• Joe Perry (1950 - ), lead guitarist and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith
• John Petrucci, metal guitarist, founding member of Dream Theater
• Guy Picciotto, Early Emo personality, noted for Rites of Spring and Fugazi
• Bucky Pizzarelli, classical jazz guitarist
• John Pizzarelli, jazz guitarist
• Martin Pizzarelli, jazz double-bassist
• Teddy Powell, born Teodoro Paolella, jazz guitarist, composer and big band leader
• Louis Prima (1910–1978),an Italian-American jazz musician, singer, and actor *Ruggiero Ricci (b. 1918), violin virtuoso
• Johnny Rivers, born John Ramistella, early Rock'N Roll singer of many hit records.
• Rocca (Italian-American rapper)
• Leon Roppolo (1902–1943), prominent early jazz clarinetist and composer. His compositions include the jazz standards "Farewell Blues", "Milenberg Joys", "Gold Leaf Strut", "Tin Roof Blues" and "Make Love to Me".
• Matt Rubano, bassist of Taking Back Sunday
• William Russo, jazz musician
• Bobby Rydell, born Robert Louis Ridarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (April 26, 1942) was a "teen idol" in the early days of Rock and Roll.
• Richie Sambora, (born Richard Stephen Sambora on July 11, 1959 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, nickname:The King of Swing), is an American rock guitarist, singer and song writer who is the lead guitarist for rock band Bon Jovi. His father was Italian.
• Ralph Santolla - Metal guitarist (has a custom Jackson guitar with the Italian flag painted on it
• Joe Satriani, guitar virtuoso
• Haley Scarnato, American Idol (season 6) contestant
• Jack Scott (born Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr., January 24, 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is an Canadian/American singer and songwriter.
• John Serry, Sr. (1915–2003), born Giovanni Serrapica, concert accordionist, composer, arranger, educator & father of John Serry, Jr.
• Frank Sinatra
• Nancy Sinatra
• Nikki Sixx, born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, rock star (Mötley Crüe)
• Taylor Swift, American country singer-songwriter
• Twiggy Ramirez, born Jeordie Osbourne White, rock star , bassist (Marilyn Manson)
• Alessandro Cortini, rock star , keyboardist (Nine Inch Nails)
• Jamie Spaniolo, rapper
• Bruce Springsteen, rock star, songwriter (Italian on his mother's side)
• Decoy, (Italian American Rapper) born Nicholas Eduard Galluzzo to Italian-French mother and Italian father
• Joseph Tarsia
• Johnny Thunders, born John A. Genzale, rock musician.
• Mark Tremonti, guitarist
• Lennie Tristano, jazz pianist and composer
• Steven Tyler (1951 - ), born Steven Tallarico, rock star, songwriter (Italian on his father's side)
• Steve Vai, guitar virtuoso
• Steven Van Zandt (1950 - ), musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey (The Sopranos)
• Zacky Vengeance, guitarist for the band, Avenged Sevenfold
• Tony Visconti, rock music producer (based in Britain)
• Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, born Paul Caiafa, former guitarist for the Misfits
• Chris Vrenna (1967 - ), producer and drummer
• Gerard Way; lead singer for the band My Chemical Romance.
• Mikey Way; bass guitarist for the band My Chemical Romance.
• Dean Ween, born Michael Melchiondo, Ween guitarist
• "Weird Al" Yankovic (1959 - ), parodist and comedy musician (Mother's side is Italian)
• Timi Yuro, soul and R&B singer
• Dweezil Zappa, rock guitarist
• Frank Zappa (1940-1993), born Frank Vincent Zappa, composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. In his 33-year musical career, he proved to be one of the most prolific musicians ever, releasing over 60 albums during his life. His father Francis Zappa was from Partinico, Sicily. His mother Rose Marie Colimore was of 3/4 Italian (1/4 Sicilian) and 1/4 French descent.

Songwriters

• 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."
• 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.

Singers

• Ariana Grande
• Phil Anselmo, a heavy metal vocalist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of Pantera
• Romina Arena, Pop Classical Crossover Singer
• Kaci Battaglia, singer
• Tony Bennett, born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, singer.
• Sonny Bono (1935–1998), born Salvatore Phillip Bono, singer, actor, and politician
• Gioia Bruno, born Carmen Gioia Bruno, singer.
• Keith Caputo, Vocalist for Life of Agony, as well as a solo artist.
• Micheal Castaldo — singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur
• Lou Christie, born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco on February 19, 1943 in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania). Already, Christie was frequently, if unfairly, written off by critics as an imitator of Frankie Valli as both men possessed similar falsetto vocals, and the ability to change almost effortlessly between it and their normal registers.
• Perry Como (1912–2001), born Pierino Ronald Como
• Don Cornell (1919–2004), born Luigi Francisco Varlaro, a popular singer of the 1940s and 1950s.
• Jim Croce (1943–1973), born James Joseph Croce.
• Rivers Cuomo (1970 - ), (Weezer)
• Victor Damiani
• Diana DeGarmo (1987 - ) runner-up on American Idol (Season 3)
• Johnny Desmond(1920-1985) , born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone, was a popular singer.
• Tommy DeVito, (born June 19, 1936) is a musician and singer, best known as a member and the lead guitarist of the pop group The Four Seasons. He was born in Belleville, New Jersey.
• Dia DiCristino
• Ani DiFranco(1970 - ), Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist, songwriter (Italian American on her father's side)
• Dion DiMucci (1939 - ), better known as Dion.
• Jimmy Durante (1893–1980), born James Francis Durante.
• Jessicka (born Jessica Fodera in Brooklyn)
• Connie Francis (1936 - ), born Concetta Rosemarie Franconero, singer.
• Lady Gaga (1986 - ), born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta,is a singer and songwriter.
• Bob Gaudio (1942 - ) is a singer, songwriter, and record producer from the Bronx, New York. He shot to musical fame at the age of 15 as a member of the Royal Teens when he co-wrote the hit "Short Shorts". For years afterward he seemed destined to be a one-hit wonder until he met Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, all from Newark, New Jersey, forming the group that became the Four Seasons.
• Frank Gari (1942 - ) late fifties singer, and founder of Gari Communications, a news music company that created The CBS Enforcer Collection and the Eyewitness News Theme for ABC O&O and affiliated local newscasts.
• Mikalah Gordon (1988 - ) singer and eleventh-place finalist on the fourth season of American Idol
• Francesca Gregorini, (born Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savingnano di Romagna in 1968) is a singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of Jewish/Irish American model Barbara Bach and Italian businessman Augusto Gregorini, and stepdaughter of Ringo Starr. Until 2004, she was engaged to actress Portia de Rossi.
• Phyllis Hyman (1949-1995), jazz and R&B singer; her father is Cuban/Italian and her mother was African American.
• Alicia Keys
• Frankie Laine (1913 - ), born Frank Paul LoVecchio, one of the most successful singers in history.
• Mario Lanza, (1921–1959), operatic tenor and Hollywood movie star.
• Cyndi Lauper (part Italian)
• Madonna is a singer, song-writer, record producer and film director from Michigan, daughter of Italian father and French-Canadian mother. Her father owns a winery in Michigan. Madonna is likely the most famous Italian-American singer in the world - as the most successful female in the history of music (according to the Guinness Book of Records). She famously wore an "Italians Do it Better" t-shirt on her "Papa Don't Preach" video.
• Sanjaya Malakar, American Idol season six finalist (half-Italian through his mother)
• Dean Martin (1917–1995) singer and film actor, known as one of the most famous music artists from the 1950s period
• Al Martino, born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini.
• Nick Massi, (born Nicholas Macioci, September 19, 1935 - December 24, 2000) was the bass singer for the Four Seasons, born in Newark, New Jersey.
• Tim McGraw (1967 - ), country music singer and actor, mother is of Italian descent.
• Lou Monte, (1917–1989)
• Mýa
• Stacie Orrico (1986 - ) contemporary Christian music/pop singer
• Haley Scarnato
• Frank Sinatra (1915–1998), Born in Hoboken, became one of the most popular singers in the twentieth century
• Frank Sinatra, Jr.
• Nancy Sinatra
• Gwen Stefani, singer/musician, best known as lead singer of pop/ska band No Doubt (Italian father)
• Taylor Swift, American country singer-songwriter [unreliable source?]
• John Tartaglia (1978 - ) singer, actor, dancer and puppeteer who began performing part-time with Sesame Street's puppetry team at age 16
• Marc Terenzi (1978 - ), pop star, songwriter
• Pia Toscano (1988), Contestant on the tenth season of American Idol.
• Frankie Valli, (born May 3, 1937 in the Italian First Ward of Newark, New Jersey as Francis Stephen Castelluccio) is best known as lead singer of The Four Seasons, one of the biggest music acts of the 1960s, which continued from then to the 1970s disco scene to the present day.
• Timi Yuro, born Rosemarie Timotea Aurro (1940–2004)

Stand-up comedians

• Mario Cantone (1959 - ) comedian, writer, actor
• Pat Cooper
• Nick DiPaolo
• Adam Ferrara
• Janeane Garofalo
• Chris Hardwick half Italian, comedian, tv host, & musician
• Pat Henry comedian, born Patrick Henry Scarnato, long time opening act for Frank Sinatra
• Richard Jeni
• Lisa Lampanelli
• Artie Lange
• Jay Leno (1950 - ) comedian, half Italian, former host of The Tonight Show & host of The Jay Leno Show & current host of The Tonight Show
• Joe Rogan
• Ray Romano
• Chris Rush
• Judy Tenuta

1990s

• Vincent Martella (1992 – ) television actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
• Jansen Panettiere (1994 – ) – part Italian television actor (Tiger Cruise)
• Ariana Grande (1993 – ) television and Broadway actress (Victorious), singer[citation needed]
• Demi Lovato (1992 – ) 25% Italian – television/film actress, musician, song writer (Camp Rock, Sonny With a Chance)
• Selena Gomez (1992 – ) 25% Italian, 25% English and 50% Mexican – television/film actress (Wizards of Waverly Place)
• Mitchel Musso (1991 – ) mostly Italian father and Anglo-American mother – television actor (Hannah Montana)
• Ali Lohan (1993 – ) 25% Italian and 75% Irish[citation needed] – television actress, musician (Living Lohan)
• Ryan Malgarini (1992 – ) 25% Italian blood[citation needed] – film actor (Freaky Friday)

1980s

• Eva Amurri (1985 – ) 75% Italian and 25% Anglo-American – film/television actress – daughter of Susan Sarandon
• Michael Angarano (1987 – ) television/film actor (Sky High, Will & Grace)
• Justin Baldoni (1984 – ) Italian father and Jewish mother – television actor (Everwood)
• Adrian Bellani (Celasco) (1982 – ) Salvadoran mother and Italian father – television actor (Passions)
• Rachel Bilson (1981 – ) Italian mother and Jewish father – film/television actress (The O.C.)
• Corbin Bleu (1989 – ) Italian mother and Jamaican father – film/television actor (High School Musical)
• Sophia Bush (1982 – ) part Italian – television actress (One Tree Hill)
• Ashley Lyn Cafagna (1983 – ) 25% Italian blood – soap opera actress turned film star and singer[citation needed]
• Robert Carmine (Schwartzman) (1982 – ) Italian mother and Jewish father – film actor – son of Talia Shire
• Hayden Christensen (1981 – ) 25% Italian-American – actor (Awake)
• Stephen Colletti (1986 – ) 25% Italian reality television star and co-host of MTV's TRL
• Mark Copani (1981 – ) Italian father and Jordanian mother – actor and professional wrestler
• Kaley Cuoco (1985 – ) 50% Italian-American- television actress (8 Simple Rules, Charmed, The Big Bang Theory)
• Nicholas D'Agosto (1980 – ) Italian-American father – television actor
• Chris Evans (1981 – ) 25% Italian blood – film actor (Cellular, Fantastic Four)
• Vanessa Ferlito (1980 – ) actress (CSI: NY)
• David Henrie (1989 – ) – 50% Italian blood – television actor (How I Met Your Mother, Wizards of Waverly Place)
• Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe and Nick) from Jonas L.A and Jonas Brothers on Disney Channel (12.5% Italian descent)
• Lindsay Lohan (1986 – ) 25% Italian and 75% Irish-[citation needed] television actress – film actress (The Parent Trap, Mean Girls)
• Michelle Lombardo (1983 – ) Italian father and Irish mother – actress and model
• Tina Majorino (1985 – ) 25% Italian blood – film/television actress (Napoleon Dynamite, Veronica Mars)
• Joseph Mazzello (1983 – ) Italian, Irish and Polish – television actor
• Lea Michele – (1986) Her mother is of Italian descent. (Glee)
• Vanessa Minillo (1981 – ) 25% Italian, 25% Irish and 50% Filipino – actress
• Frankie Muniz (1985 – ) Italian and Irish mother and Puerto Rican father – film actor (Agent Cody Banks, Malcolm in the Middle)
• Gia Paloma (1984 – ) Adult film actress [20]
• Hayden Panettiere (1989 – ) part Italian – model and television/film actress (Heroes)
• Charlie Pecoraro (1980– ) Italian-American film and stage actor.[citation needed]
• Joseph Perrino (1982 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)[citation needed]
• Shawn Pyfrom (1986 – ) 50% Italian blood – television/film actor (Desperate Housewives)[21][22]
• Nikki Reed (1988 – ) Jewish father, mother of Italian and Native American descent – actress
• Christina Ricci (1980 – ) 25% Italian blood – film actress (The Addams Family)
• Keri Sable (1986 – ) Adult film actress[23]

• Jason Schwartzman (1980 – ) Italian Mother and Jewish father – film actor – son of Talia Shire [24]
• Julia Stiles (1981–). part Italian descent.[25]
• Steven Strait (1986 – ) Is of Dutch and Italian heritage[26] – model, singer, and actor (Sky High)
• Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta stage name Lady Gaga(1986 – ) mostly Italian – singer performer (The Fame Monster, Born This Way)

1970s

• Donna Adamo (1970 – ) Wrestler and actress (The Sopranos)
• Victor Alfieri (1971 – ) Italian born television actor[27]
• Chad Allen (Lazzari) (1974 – ) Italian father and Anglo-American mother- film/television actor (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)[28]
• Lauren Ambrose (D'Ambruoso) (1978 – ) father of Italian descent and mother of German, Irish, and English descent - film/television actress (Six Feet Under)[29]
• Leila Arcieri (1973 – ) Italian father and African-American mother – actress and model[30]
• Jason Biggs (1978 – ) Italian-American film actor (American Pie)[31]
• Cara Buono (1974 – ) television actress (The Sopranos)
• Eddie Cahill (1978 – ) Italian mother and Irish father – film/television actor (CSI: NY)[32]
• Bobby Cannavale (1971 – ) Italian-American father and Cuban mother- film/television actor (Third Watch)[33]
• Linda Cardellini (1975 – ) part Italian ancestry- actress[citation needed]
• Mark Consuelos (1970 – ) Mexican father and Italian mother
• Rachael Leigh Cook (1979 – ) Italian mother and Anglo-American father- film actress (She's All That)[34]
• Bradley Cooper (1975 – ) Italian mother and Irish father – Film Actor (The Hangover)
• Sofia Coppola (1971 – ) Italian father and Irish[citation needed] mother- director, actress, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter- daughter of Francis Ford Coppola [35]
• David DeLuise (1971 – ) Italian father and Irish[citation needed] mother – television/film actor (Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Wizards of Waverly Place)
• Drea De Matteo (1972 – ) Emmy-winning actress (The Sopranos)[36]
• Leonardo DiCaprio (1974 – ) 25% Italian, 25% German, 50% Russian blood- Academy Award-nominated actor (Titanic)[37]
• Jennifer Esposito (1973 – ) film/television actress (Spin City)[38]
• Peter Facinelli (1973 – ) film/television actor
• Joey Fatone (1977 – ) pop singer and actor (*NSync, My Big Fat Greek Wedding)[39]
• Adam Ferrara (1977 – ) television actor and comedian
• Jerry Ferrara (1979 – ) television actor (Entourage)
• Claire Forlani (1972 – ) Italian father and English mother- model and actress
• Aria Giovanni (1973 – ) nude model and actress [40]
• Joy Giovanni (1978 – ) actress and former WWE diva [41]
• Carmine Giovinazzo (1973 – ) of partial Italian descent – film/television actor (CSI: NY)[42]
• Lola Glaudini (1971 – ) actress
• Carla Gugino (1971 – ) 50% Italian, and English and Irish- film actress[43]
• Lindsay Hartley (1978 – ) 25%[citation needed] Italian blood- soap opera actress (Passions) [44]
• Kate Hudson (1979 – ) 25% Italian blood- film actress (Almost Famous).
• Jenna Jameson (Massoli) (1974 – ) model and porn star
• Joey Lawrence (1976 - )[citation needed]
• Justin Long (1978 – ) 25% Italian blood- film/television actor (Jeepers Creepers).
• Joe Manganiello (1976 – ) Italian father and Austrian mother -movie and TV actor[citation needed]
• Alyssa Milano (1972 – ) Italian-American actress (Charmed)
• Kelly Monaco (1976 – ) model and actress (General Hospital) [45]
• Brittany Murphy (Bertolotti) (1977–2009) 50% Italian film actress[46]
• Alessandro Nivola (1972 – ) Italian paternal grandfather and Jewish paternal grandmother- film actor (Face/Off, Goal!)[47]
• Marisa Petroro (1977 – ) Film/Television Actress (Reno 911!, Deal or No Deal, Everybody Wants to Be Italian)[48]
• Zachary Quinto (1977 – ) Italian father and Irish mother- film/television actor (Heroes, 24, Star Trek)[49]
• Leah Remini (1970 – ) Italian father and Jewish mother- film/television actress (The King Of Queens)[50]
• Giovanni Ribisi (1974 – ) 25% Italian blood- film/television actor (Avatar, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Saving Private Ryan)
• Kelly Ripa (1970 – ) 75% Italian and 25% Irish[citation needed]- actress (All My Children, Live with Regis and Kelly)
• Jai Rodriguez (1979 – ) Italian mother and Puerto Rican father- actor and culture guide (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy)[51]
• Larry Romano (1975 – ) television actor and comedian (The King of Queens)
• Antonio Sabato Jr. (1977 – ) Italian father and Czech-Jewish mother- Italian born actor[52]
• Sage Stallone (1976 – ) 25% Italian blood- film actor and son of Sylvester Stallone
• Jonathan Togo (1977 – ) 25% Italian blood- film/television actor (CSI: Miami)
• Liv Tyler (Tallarico) (1977 – ) Her father is 25% Italian- actress (Stealing Beauty)
• Vince Vaughn (1970 – ) 25% Italian
• Milo Ventimiglia (1977 – ) 50% Italian film/television actor (Heroes, Gilmore Girls, Rocky Balboa)[53]
• Cerina Vincent (1979 – ) Irish-Italian father, Italian mother, American- nude model and actress (Not Another Teen Movie) [54]

1960s

• Adam Alexi-Malle (1964 - ) Italian-born film, television and theatre actor, musician and singer
• Kristian Alfonso (1964 – ) soap opera actress, Days of our Lives[55]
• Jennifer Aniston (1969 – ) 25% Italian blood- actress (Friends)
• Joseph Badalucco Jr. (1960– ) television actor, brother of Michael Badalucco (The Sopranos)
• Scott Baio (1961– ) television actor (Happy Days, Charles In Charge) [56]
• Matt Battaglia (1965– ) Italian father and Anglo-American mother – actor [57]
• Maria Bello (1967– ) Italian father and Polish mother- Academy Award-nominated film actress[58]
• Michael Bergin (1969–) Italian and Irish- television and movie actor and model.
• Valerie Bertinelli (1960– ) Italian father and Anglo-American mother – actress (One Day At A Time) [59]
• Traci Bingham (1968– ) 25% Italian, 25% African-American and 50% Native American- actress and model
• Jon Bon Jovi (Bongiovi) (1962– ) Sicilian, Slovak, German, Irish ancestry - singer and film actor[60]
• David Boreanaz (1969– ) Italian father and part Slovak mother- television actor (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel) [61]
• Nicolas Cage (Coppola) (1964– ) Italian father and part German mother- 5 Academy Award-winning actor, director, and producer[62]
• Steve Carell (Caroselli) (1962– ) 25% Italian blood- film actor (The 40-year-old virgin)
• Adam Carolla (1964–) half Italian-American and half Hungarian-American comedian, actor and host of the Adam Carolla Show
• Max Casella (Deitch) (1967– ) Italian mother and Jewish father- film/television actor (The Sopranos)
• Federico Castelluccio (1964– ) Italian born actor (The Sopranos) [63]
• Jo Champa (1968– ) actress
• Robin Christopher (Di Cristoforo) (1966– ) soap opera actress [64]
• Alicia Coppola (1968– ) actress
• Roman Coppola (1965– ) Italian-American father and Irish[citation needed] mother- film actor- son of Francis Ford Coppola
• Dan Cortese (1967– ) son of Sicilian parents- television actor
• Lee Curreri (1961– ) actor, music composer and singer
• Michael DeLuise (1969– ) Italian father and Irish[citation needed] mother- film actor (Encino Man)
• Peter DeLuise (1966– ) Italian father and Irish[citation needed] mother- television actor (21 Jump Street)
• Donna D'Errico (1968– ) Italian father and Anglo-American mother[citation needed]– actress and model
• Vin Diesel (1967– ) Italian mother and African-American father- film actor (Pitch Black) [65][66]
• Illeana Douglas (1965– ) has an Italian mother – film actress [67]
• Edie Falco (1963– ) Italian father and Swedish mother- actress (The Sopranos) [68]
• Jon Favreau (1966– ) Italian (and part French-Canadian) father and Jewish mother- actor and director (Rocky Marciano) [69]
• Linda Fiorentino (1960– ) film actress (The Last Seduction) [70]
• Vincent Gallo (1961– ) independent film actor and director (Goodfellas) [71]
• James Gandolfini (1961 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)[72]
• Janeane Garofalo (1964– ) Italian father and Irish mother- stand-up comedian, actress, and political activist [73]
• Paul Giamatti (1967 – ) 25% Italian blood- Academy Award-nominated film actor[74]
• Anthony Michael Hall (1968 – ) 25% Italian, 75% Irish – film/television actor, former teen star[75]
• Carlo Imperato (1963 – ) is an Italian-American actor, best known for his role as student Danny Amatullo in the 1982 Fame TV series.
• Michael Imperioli (1966 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos) [76]
• Ashley Judd (1968 - )Ashley Tyler Ciminella. film actor. (Italian-American paternal grandfather)
• Artie Lange (1967 – ) 50% Italian, 25% German and 25% Native American- film/television actor, stand up comedian and radio personality[77]
• Jonathan LaPaglia (1969 – ) 50% Italian, part Dutch- television actor [78]
• Matt LeBlanc (1967 – ) 50% Italian blood- television actor (Friends) [79]
• Téa Leoni (Pantaleoni) (1966 – ) 12.5% Italian blood- actress
• Louis Lombardi (1968 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)
• Ralph Macchio (1961 – ) film actor (The Karate Kid) [80]
• Dylan McDermott (1961– ) Italian mother and Irish father- film/television actor (The Practice)
• Tim McGraw (1967–) 25% Italian blood- actor and country music singer [81]
• Christopher Meloni (1961– ) Italian father and French Canadian mother- television actor (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Oz) [82]
• Sofia Milos (1965– ) Italian father and a Greek mother- actress
• Katherine Narducci (1965– ) film/television actress (The Sopranos)
• Danny Nucci (1968– ) Italian father and Moroccan mother- film actor (Crimson Tide)[citation needed]
• Erik Palladino (1968– ) Italian father and Armenian mother- actor (ER) [83]
• Ellen Pompeo (1969 – ) Italian father and Irish mother- actress (Grey's Anatomy)
• Natalie Raitano (1966 – ) television actress (V.I.P.) [84]
• Michael Rispoli (1960 – ) actor (The Sopranos)
• Mark Ruffalo (1967 – ) critically acclaimed film actor, Italian father, French-Canadian and Italian mother (Just Like Heaven, 13 Going On 30) [85]
• Laura San Giacomo (1962 – ) actress (Just Shoot Me) [86]
• Al Sapienza (1962 – ) actor (The Sopranos)
• Glenn Scarpelli (1966 – ) actor ("One Day At A Time") Italian American from Staten Island
• Annabella Sciorra (1964 – ) film/television actress (Jungle Fever) [87]
• Nick Scotti (1966 – ) actor, model and singer [88]
• Matt Servitto (1965– ) Italian father and Irish mother- television actor (The Sopranos)
• Mira Sorvino (1967 – ) Italian father and Anglo-American mother- Academy Award-winning actress, daughter of Paul Sorvino [89]
• Vincent Spano (1962 – ) film actor (Brooklyn State of Mind)
• Gwen Stefani (1969 – ) Italian father and part Irish mother- singer, fashion designer and actress [90]
• Marisa Tomei (1964 – ) Academy Award-winning film actress (My Cousin Vinny) [91]
• Matthew Fox (1966– ) Italian-American mother and Anglo-American father- actor on ABC series Lost
• Brooke Shields (1965– ) 12.5% Italian blood – film actress
• Quentin Tarantino (1963– ) part Italian - film director and actor (Pulp Fiction)[citation needed]
• Christine Tucci (1967– ) actress, sister of Stanley Tucci (Another World)
• Stanley Tucci (1960– ) film/television actor (Shall We Dance) [92]
• Aida Turturro (1962– ) actress, cousin of John Turturro (The Sopranos) [93]
• Nicholas Turturro (1962– ) film actor, brother of John Turturro (Jungle Fever, The Longest Yard)
• Lenny Venito (1968– ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)
• John Ventimiglia (1963– ) television actor (The Sopranos)
• Richard Grieco (1965–) -actor Italian father and Irish mother

1950s

• Ray Abruzzo (1954– ) television actor (The Sopranos)
• Sharon Angela (1958– ) television actress (The Sopranos)
• Michael Badalucco (1954– ) film actor (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
• Danny Bonaduce (1959– ) Italian father - television actor (The Partridge Family) [94]
• Elizabeth Bracco (1959– ) Italian father and English mother- television actress(The Sopranos)
• Lorraine Bracco (1954– ) Italian father and English mother- Academy Award-nominated actress (The Sopranos, Goodfellas) [95]
• Steve Buscemi (1957– ) Italian father and part Irish mother- actor (Fargo, Reservoir Dogs) [96]
• Joseph Cali (1950– ) film actor (Saturday Night Fever)
• Carl Capotorto (1959– ) television actor (The Sopranos)
• David Caruso (1956– ) Italian father and Irish mother- film/television actor (CSI: Miami) [97]
• Vincent Curatola (1953– ) son of Sicilian parents- television actor (The Sopranos)
• Beverly D'Angelo (1951– ) 25% Italian blood-[citation needed] film actress (Vacation)
• Tony Danza (1951– ) actor/talk show host (Who's The Boss, Family Law) [98]
• Robert Davi (1951– ) film actor (The Goonies)
• Michael DeLorenzo (1959– ) Italian father and Puerto Rican mother- television/film actor (New York Undercover)
• Vincent D'Onofrio (1959 -) Son of Sicilian parents – film/television actor and director(Full Metal Jacket, Law and Order: Criminal Intent)[99][100]
• Giancarlo Esposito (1958 – ) Italian father and African-American mother- film actor [101]
• Lou Ferrigno (1951– ) bodybuilder and actor (The Hulk) [102]
• Robert Funaro (1959– ) television actor (The Sopranos)
• Joseph Gannascoli (1959– ) television actor (The Sopranos)
• Dan Grimaldi (1950– ) television actor (The Sopranos)
• Hulk Hogan (Terry Gino Bollea) (1953– ) 50% Italian wrestler
• Anjelica Huston (1951– ) Italian-American mother and part Irish father- film actress (Prizzi's Honor)
• Renee Jones (1958 – ) Italian mother and African-American father- soap opera actress (Days of our Lives)
• Cyndi Lauper (1953 – ) Italian mother and Swiss and German father- singer and actress- (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun) [103]
• Jay Leno (1950 – ) Italian-American father and Scottish mother- comedian, former actor, known as host of The Tonight Show[104]
• Madonna (Ciccone) (1958– ) 50% Italian, 50% French Canadian – singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, entertainer (Dick Tracy) [105]
• Ed Marinaro (1950– ) actor and former football player [106]
• Chazz Palminteri (1952– ) film actor (A Bronx Tale) [107]
• Joe Pantoliano (1951 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos) [108]
• Joe Penny (1956 – ) Italian mother and English father- television actor
• Joe Piscopo (1951 – ) actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live) [109]
• Jon Polito (1950 – ) Italian father and Anglo-American mother- actor (The Honeymooners)[citation needed]
• Ray Romano (1957 – ) actor and comedian (Everybody Loves Raymond) [98]
• Isabella Rossellini (1952– ) Italian father and Swedish mother - actress, filmmaker, author, philanthropist, model [110]
• James Russo (1953 – ) film/television actor (Donnie Brasco)
• Rene Russo (1954 – ) Italian father and Italian maternal grandfather , film actress/model (Lethal Weapon 3, The Thomas Crown Affair)[111]
• Randy Savage (Randall Mario Poffo) (1952 – 2011) Italian father and Jewish mother- wrestler and actor
• Jack Scalia (1950–) television actor (The Genius Club)
• Steve Schirripa (1957 – ) television actor and writer (The Sopranos) [112]
• Connie Sellecca (Sellecchia) (1955 – ) actress [113]
• Gary Sinise (1955 – ) 25% Italian blood-[citation needed] actor (CSI: NY)
• Rocco Sisto (1953 – ) Italian born actor (The Sopranos)
• Frank Sivero (LoGiudice) (1952– ) Italian born actor (Goodfellas)
• Joseph Siravo (1958– ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)
• John Travolta (1954 – ) Italian-American father and Irish-American mother- Academy Award-nominated actor, singer, dancer (Grease, Saturday Night Fever) [114]
• John Turturro (1957 – ) actor, cousin of Aida Turturro (The Good Shepherd, The Bronx Is Burning) [115]
• Steven Van Zandt (Lento) (1950 – ) musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and disc jockey (The Sopranos)[116]
• Vinny Vella (1950 – ) actor and part time comedian[117]
• Diane Venora (1952 – ) actress (Italian-American father)
• Chuck Zito (1957 – ) member of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels, amateur boxer, martial artist, celebrity bodyguard, stuntman and actor [118]
• Pia Zadora (1954-) Broadway actress Italian father: Polish mother

1940s

• Marc Alaimo (1942–) television/film actor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) [119]
• Armand Assante (1949– ) Italian father and Irish mother- film/television actor (Mambo Kings)[120]
• Joy Behar (Josephina Ochiuto) (1943– ) actress, comedian, co-host of The View[121]
• Tony Darrow (Borgese) (1946– ) film/television actor
• Robert De Niro (1943– ) 25% Italian ancestry- two time Academy Award-winning American film actor, director, producer and founder of the Tribeca Film Festival (Goodfellas)[122]
• Danny DeVito (1944– ) actor, director, Oscar nominated producer (Matilda) [123]*
• Micky Dolenz (1945– ) Television actor/Musician (The Monkees) Father Italian, an actor.
• Dennis Farina (1944– ) film/television actor (Get Shorty) [124]
• Annette Funicello (1942– ) actress, was Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeer[98]
• Bruno Kirby (Quidaciolu) (1949–2006) film actor (The Godfather II)
• Frank Langella (1940 – ) stage and film actor (Lolita)[125]
• Susan Lucci (1948 – ) 50% Italian and part Swedish- Daytime Emmy Award winning actress, who has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" and "The Queen of Daytime"[126]
• Patti LuPone (1949 – ) singer and actress[127]
• Joe Mantegna (1947– ) film/television actor (The Godfather III)[98]
• Penny Marshall (Marsciarelli) (1942– ) Italian-American father and part Scottish mother—actress, producer and director, sister of Garry Marshall [128]
• Patty McCormack, born Patricia Ellen Russo (1945–), Italian father and Irish mother – Actress (The Bad Seed)
• Liza Minnelli (1946– ) part Italian father and part Irish-American mother- singer and actress
• Arthur Nascarella (1942– ) son of Sicilian parents- film/ television actor (The Sopranos)
• Don Novello (1943– ) Italian father and Irish mother- film/television actor and comedian (Saturday Night Live)
• Al Pacino (1940 – ) son of Sicilian parents- Academy Award-winning film actor (The Godfather)[98]
• Vincent Pastore (1946 – ) son of Sicilian parents film/television actor, often cast as a mobster (The Sopranos)[129]
• Joe Pesci (1943 – ) Academy Award-winning actor, comedian and singer who is often typecast as a violent mobster or funnyman (Goodfellas, Casino)[130]
• Frank Pellegrino (1942 – ) television actor
• Bernadette Peters (Lazzara) (1948 – ) actress and singer[131]
• Ann Prentiss (Ragusa) (1941 – ) film/television actress- sister of Paula Prentiss
• Michael Richards (1949– ) Italian-American mother and English-American father[citation needed]- television actor (Seinfeld)
• Susan Sarandon (1946 – ) Italian-American mother and American father- Academy Award-winning film actress (Thelma and Louise)[132]
• Vincent Schiavelli (1948–2005) film actor
• Talia Shire (1946 – ) film actress, sister of Francis Ford Coppola (Rocky)[133]
• Nancy Sinatra (1940 – ) singer and actress, daughter of Frank Sinatra[134]
• Bruce Springsteen (1949 – ) 50% Italian, 25% Irish and part Dutch- singer and actor[135]
• Sylvester Stallone (1946 – ) 50% Italian, 25% Russian Jewish and 25% French- film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Rocky)[136]
• Tony Sirico (1942 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)
• Victoria Vetri (1944 – ) model and actress[137]
• Burt Young (DeLuise) (1940– ) film actor (Rocky)
• Adrienne La Russa (1948–) actress (Days of our lives)
• Dan Lauria (1947- ) TV and film actor

1930s

• Frank Adonis (1935 – ) – long term character actor
• Danny Aiello (1933 – ) film/television actor[138]
• Alan Alda (1936 – ) actor, writer, director and political activist. Alda is of Italian and Irish descent.[138]
• Frankie Avalon (Avallone) (1939 – ) actor and teen idol in the 1950s and early 1960s[139]
• Anne Bancroft (Italiano) (1931–2005) Academy Award-winning actress[140]
• Robert Blake (Gubitosi) (1933 – ) film actor, perhaps most famous for starring in the U.S. television series Baretta, and for being found not guilty of the murder of wife Bonnie Lee Bakley[141]
• Joseph Bologna (1934 – ) film/television actor[142]
• Sonny Bono (1935–1998) son of Sicilian parents- actor and pop singer (Airplane II)
• Victor Buono (1938–1982) Italian father and German mother – film and television actor, poet
• Carmine Caridi (1934– ) film actor (The Godfather Part III)
• Richard S. Castellano (1933–1988) film actor (The Godfather)
• John Cazale (1935–1978) film actor (The Godfather)[143]
• Dominic Chianese (1931 – ) television actor (The Sopranos)[144]
• Sam Coppola (1935– ) film/television actor
• Bobby Darin (Cassoto) (1936–1973) actor, singer and one of the most popular rock and roll American teen idols of the 1950s[145]
• James Darren (Ercolani) (1936 – ) television and film actor, television director, and singer[146]
• Dom DeLuise (1933–2009) comic actor[147]
• Connie Francis (Franconero) (1938 – ) actress and pop singer, known for her 1957 hit "Who's Sorry Now?"[148]
• Ben Gazzara (1930 – ) film/television actor[149]
• Morgana King (1930 – ) (Maria Grazia Morgana Messina DeBerardini) film actress (The Godfather)
• Richard Libertini (1933 – ) an American stage, film and television actor known for playing numerous character roles (Popeye)
• Robert Loggia (1930 – ) son of Sicilian parents- film actor
• Garry Marshall (Marsciarelli) (1934 – ) Italian-American father and part Scottish mother—actor, director, and writer- brother of Penny Marshall[150]
• Sal Mineo (1939–1976) actor and theater director, famous for his Academy Award-nominated performance opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause[151]
• Paula Prentiss (Ragusa) (1938 – ) film actress[152]
• Alex Rocco (Petricone) (1936 – ) film actor (The Godfather)
• Reni Santoni (1939 – ) 50% Italian, 25% French and 25% Spanish- film actor (Dirty Harry)
• John Saxon (Orrico) (1936 – ) film actor
• Paul Sorvino (1939 – ) actor, father of Mira Sorvino [153]
• Joe Spinell (Spagnulo) (1936–1989) film actor (The Godfather II)
• Connie Stevens (Ingolia) (1938 – ) Italian father and Irish mother – actress and singer[154]
• Frankie Valli (Castelluccio) (1934– ) singer and actor (The Sopranos)
• Frank Vincent (Gattuso) (1939 – ) film/television actor (The Sopranos)
• Joe Viterelli (1937–2004) film actor (Shallow Hal)

1920s

• Kaye Ballard (Balotta) (1926 – ) stage and television actress[155]
• Billy Barty (Bertanzetti) (1924–2000) film actor[156]
• Tony Bennett (Benedetto) (1926 -) popular music, standards, jazz singer and actor (The Oscar)[157]
• Joseph Campanella (1927– ) Actor
• Pat Cooper (Pasquale Caputo) (1929– ) film actor and comedian
• Richard Crenna (1926–2003) - film actor (First Blood)[141]
• Cesare Danova (1926–1992) 75% Italian and 25% Swiss- film actor ("Cleopatra")
• Vince Edwards (Zoino) (1928–1996) actor, director, and singer[141]
• Anthony Franciosa (Papaleo) (1928–2006) film/television actor, often billed as "Tony Franciosa"[158]
• Vincent Gardenia (Scognamiglia) (1922–1992) stage, film, and television actor[159]
• Michael V. Gazzo (1923–1995) actor and Broadway playwright[160]
• Harry Guardino (1925–1995) actor
• Mario Lanza (Alfredo Cocozza) (1921–1959) tenor and Hollywood movie star who enjoyed success in the late 1940s and 1950s[161]
• Al Lettieri (1928–1975) film/television actor (The Godfather)[162]
• Al Martino (1927–2009) son of Sicilian parents- actor and singer (The Godfather)
• Lenny Montana (Passofaro) (1926–1992) Wrestler turned Film and Television actor who featured in several films and tv shows in the 1970s and early 1980s
• Paul Picerni (1922 – ) film actor (To Hell and Back)
• Aldo Ray (DaRe) (1926–1991) actor
• Tom Rosqui (1928 – ) Italian father and Spanish mother- actor (The Godfather)
• Dick Van Patten (1928-) Italian mother Dutch father TV actor
• Guy Williams (Armando Catalano) (1924–1989) film actor

1910s

• Robert Alda (Alfonso Roberto D'Abruzzo) (1914–1986) actor, father of Alan Alda[141]
• John Beradino (1917–1996) Dr. Steve Hardy on the soap opera General Hospital from 1963–1996, star on Hollywood walk-of-fame
• Ernest Borgnine (Borgnino) (1917 – ) Academy Award-winning actor[141]
• Frank Campanella(1919-2006) Actor
• Anthony Caruso (1916–2003) film/television actor
• Adriana Caselotti (1916–1997) actress known for providing the voice behind the lead character in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs[163]
• Richard Conte (1910–1975) film actor[141]
• Ann Corio (1914–1999) burlesque ecdysiast and actress[164]
• Dean Martin (Crocetti) (1917–1995) actor/singer, member of the "Rat Pack"[141]
• Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) actor and singer who many consider to be one of the finest male popular song vocalists of all time[161]
• Victor Mature (1913–1999) was an American film actor. Mature was born in Louisville, Kentucky to a Tyrolean father, Marcellus George Mature, a cutler, and a Swiss-American mother, Clara Mature

1900s

• Don Ameche (Amici) (1908–1993) 50% Italian, 25% Irish and 25% German- actor and director[165]
• Argentina Brunetti (1907–2005) Italian born actress (It's a Wonderful Life)
• Iron Eyes Cody (Espera Decorti) (1907–1999) actor, frequently played Native Americans[166]
• Russ Columbo (1908–1934) singer, violinist and actor, perhaps most famous for his signature tune, "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love", and the legend surrounding his early death[167]
• Lou Costello (Cristillo) (1906–1959) 50% Italian, 25% French and 25% Irish blood- actor and comedian known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello[168]

1890s

• Frank Capra (1897–1991) actor and director (It's a Wonderful Life)
• Jimmy Durante (1893–1980) actor and singer
• Rudolph Valentino (1895–1926) born Rodolfo Alfonso Rafaello Piero Filiberto Gugliemi di Valentina, Hollywood's first sex symbol and the first "Latin Lover" (Italian father, Giovanni Antonio Giuseppe Fidele Guglielmi)

1880s

• Henry Armetta (1888–1945) movie character actor. He was of Sicilian heritage.
• Giuseppina Morlacchi (1846–1886) ballerina and dancer, performing in western drama including Scouts of the Prairie and Buffalo Bill's Wild West
• Rafaela Ottiano (1888–1942) stage and film actress
• Robert G. Vignola (1882–1953) actor, screenwriter and film director

Business:
CEOs

• Gil Amelio - former CEO of National Semiconductor and Apple
• William Amelio - president and CEO of Lenovo Group Limited
• Richard Belluzzo - businessman who worked as an executive at HP (executive vice president), SGI (as CEO), and Microsoft (as president and COO at one point) before becoming CEO of Quantum Corp. in 2002
• Samuel DiPiazza - CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers
• Nick Donofrio - Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at the IBM Corporation
• Richard Grasso (1946 - ) former chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange
• Lee Iacocca (1924 - ) former chairman of the Chrysler Corporation
• Angelo Mozilo - founder and CEO of Countrywide Financial
• Robert Nardelli - Chairman & CEO of Chrysler
• Frank Nuovo - head of design at Vertu
• Paul Otellini (1950 - ) Intel Corporation's fifth Chief Executive Officer
• Samuel J. Palmisano (1951 - ) chairman and CEO of IBM
• Neil Pappalardo - founder and CEO of Meditech
• Patricia Russo (1953 - ) CEO of Lucent Technologies
• Peter F. Secchia - former chairman and CEO of Universal Forest Products

Entrepreneurs

• Robert Benedetto - founder of Benedetto Guitars, Inc.
• [v. richard conforti] (1939 - ) retired utility exec -brooklyn boy makes good
• Pat Croce (1954 - ) entrepreneur, once owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team
• Edward J. DeBartolo (1946 - ) billionaire, former owner of the five-time Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers
• Fred De Luca - founder of Subway Sandwich
• Giorgio DeLuca - founder of Dean & DeLuca
• Domingo Ghirardelli (1817 - 1894) founder of Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
• Tom Golisano (1942 - ) billionaire founder of Paychex, owner of the Buffalo Sabres, ran for Governor of New York in 1994, 1998 and 2002
• Arthur Edward Imperatore, Sr. (1925-) businessman from New Jersey, and the founder and president of the NY Waterway, a ferry service
• Gennaro Lombardi - opened the first US pizzeria in 1905, Lombardi's
• Lelio Marino (1935 - 2004) entrepreneur
• Robert Mondavi (1913 - ) leading vineyard operator whose technical improvements and marketing strategies brought worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley in California
• Amedeo Obici (1877 - 1947) founder of the Planters Peanut Company in 1906
• Anthony T. Rossi (1900 - 1993) Italian immigrant who founded Tropicana Products
• Jay Sarno (1922 - 1984) Las Vegas business entrepreneur who owned several high-profile hotels

Finance
• Mario Gabelli (1942 - ) stock investor, investment advisor and financial analyst.
• Amadeo Giannini (1870 - 1949) founder in 1904 of Bank of Italy, which later became Bank of America, the largest bank in the United States
• Frank Quattrone (1956 - ) former investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston who was prosecuted for interfering with a government probe into Credit Suisse First Boston's behavior in allocating "hot" IPOs

Publishers
• Bob Guccione (1930 - ) founder and former publisher of Penthouse Magazine
• Leonard Riggio - owner of Barnes & Noble
• Louis Rossetto (1949 - ) founder and former publisher of Wired Magazine

Comic artists, cartoonists, illustrators
• Brian Azzarello – comic book wbuttriter
• Joseph Barbera (1911–2006) animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer, and co-founder, together with William Hanna, of Hanna-Barbera
• Ivan Brunetti (born 1967) cartoonist and comics-author
• John Buscema (1927–2002) comic-book artist and one of the mainstays of Marvel Comics during its 1960s and 1970s ascendancy into an industry leader and its subsequent expansion to a major pop culture conglomerate
• Greg Capullo (born 1962) comic book artist
• Anthony Flamini (born 1978) comic book writer
• Frank Frazetta (born 1928) one of the world's most influential fantasy and science fiction artists
• Bill Gallo (born 1922) famed cartoonist and newspaperman
• Dick Giordano (born 1932) comic book artist and editor
• Frank Giacoia (1925–1989) comic book artist
• Carmine Infantino (born 1925) comic book artist and editor who was a major force in the Silver Age of Comic Books
• Walter Lantz (1900–1994) cartoonist and animator, known for founding the Walter Lantz Studio and creating Woody Woodpecker
• Bob Montana (1920–1975) comic strip artist who created the characters that launched Archie Comics
• Joe Orlando (1927–1998) illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist
• Jimmy Palmiotti – writer and artist of various comics, games and film
• Leo Politi (1908–1996) artist and author who wrote and illustrated some 20 children's books
• John Romita, Sr. (born 1930) comic book artist known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man
• Don Rosa (born 1951) comic book artist for Disney Comics.
• Eric Stefani (born 1967) pop musician, former Simpsons animator, and Grammy-nominated composer and writer
• Jim Valentino (born 1952) writer, penciler and editor of comic books
• Gerard Way (born 1977) comic book writer, also notable for being the frontman of the American rock band My Chemical Romance.
Digital artists/illustrators
• Rich DiSilvio (born 1957) illustrator, photographer, fine artist, digital artist, web designer, new media developer, architectural designer and writer
• Fred Marcellino (1939–2001) illustrator

Painters
• Ettore DeGrazia
• Robert De Niro, Sr. (1922–1993) abstract expressionist, father of actor Robert De Niro, Jr.
• Robert Longo
• Frank Stella (born 1936) painter and printmaker
• Joseph Stella (1877–1946) futurist painter known for his depictions of industrial America

Photographers
• Severo Antonelli (1907–1995) legendary figure in Philadelphia Italian American history and the subject of one of the largest ever one-man shows at the Smithsonian Institution
• Justin Guariglia (1974–) photographer and contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler, and a regular contributor to Smithsonian Magazine
• Luis Marden (1913–2003) photographer, explorer, writer, filmmaker, diver, navigator, and linguist who worked for National Geographic Magazine
• Francesco Scavullo (1921–2004) fashion photographer known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan Magazine and his celebrity portraits
• Mario Sorrenti (born 1971) fashion photographer


Sculptors
• Vincent Cavallaro
• Jasper D'Ambrosi
• John DeAndrea
• Mark di Suvero
• Virginio Ferrari
• Corrado Parducci
• Piccirilli Brothers
• Italo Scanga, Neo-Dadaist

Inventors
• Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
• Enea Bossi
• Gerard J. Foschini
• Domingo Ghirardelli
• The Jacuzzi family developed the deep well water pump that led to the famous whirlpool bath.
• Antonio Meucci (born 1808) credited by the Congress of the United States with the invention of the telephone.
• Lorenzo Ponza
• Francis Rogallo, engineer at NASA, designed the Rogallo wing, which found its greatest success in hang gliders and kites.
• Andrew Toti
• Dr. Andrew Viterbi (born 1935), billionaire, cofounder of Qualcomm, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm
• Frank Zamboni

Jurists
• Samuel Alito (born 1950), Supreme Court Associate Justice.
• Vincent Bugliosi (born 1934), successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and is also an expert on the John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy assassinations.
• Ann Marie Calabria, judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
• Frank Caprio, Chief Judge of the Providence Municipal Court.
• William J. Castagna, Judge on the United States District Court.
• Antonin Scalia (born 1936), Supreme Court Associate Justice.
• John Sirica, judge most famous for presiding over the Watergate hearings.

Law enforcement figures
• Joseph Arpaio (born 1932 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is a law enforcement officer, most notably as the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio was the child of immigrants from Naples, Italy.
• Joseph D. Pistone, undercover FBI agent who went undercover as Donnie Brasco and infiltrated the Bonanno crime family.
• Louis Freeh (born 1950 in Jersey City, New Jersey), Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1993 to 2001.
• Rudolph Giuliani Early career was a US Attorney in S.D.N.Y., prosecuting high-profile cases, including Cosa Nostra cases
• Frank Rizzo
• Frank Serpico
• Joe Petrosino, NYCPD Lieutenant in charge of the Italian Squad, an elite corps of Italian-American detectives formed to fight the Mafia.
• Charles Joseph Bonaparte, member of Theodore Roosevelt's Cabinet and founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Journalism (print and multimedia)
• Melissa Anelli, resident of Staten Island, journalist at Staten Island Advance and webmaster of The Leaky Cauldron.
• Maria Bartiromo, financial reporter.
• Joe Benigno, WFAN sports radio personality
• David Brancaccio, journalist.
• Harry Caray (1914–1998), born Harry Christopher Carabina, sports broadcaster, did play-by-play for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, and (most famously) the Chicago Cubs. Cubs win! Cubs win!
• Matt Casamassina, video game journalist working for IGN.
• Danny Casolaro, freelance journalist
• Igor Cassini, journalist.
• Anthony Cumia, Anthony of the Opie and Anthony show.
• Rick Francona, NBC military analyst.
• Ann Nocenti is a journalist, writer and editor known for her work on comic books and magazines.
• Generoso Pope Jr. (1927–1988) was the founder of The National Enquirer.
• Tony Rizzo, sports anchor WJW-TV, the Fox affiliate in Cleveland
• Elaine Sciolino, Paris bureau chief of The New York Times

Military

• Sgt. John Basilone, USMC, a Medal of Honor recipient of World War II.
• Major John Belli, the Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army from 1792 to 1794
• Servant of God Lieutenant Vincent Robert Capodanno, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve, a Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War.
• Corporal Anthony Casamento, USMC, a Medal of Honor recipient of World War II.
• Lieutenant General Peter W. Chiarelli
• Lt Col Rick Francona, U S Air Force officer
• Major Don Gentile, Dominic Salvatore Gentile (1920–1951) was a U S Air Force officer.
• Edmund P. Giambastiani, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
• Lieutenant General Raymond T. Odierno-responsible for capturing Saddam Hussein 13 December 2003.
• Peter Pace, USMC, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
• Antonio Pierro, who lived to be one of the oldest surviving veterans of World War I.
• Joseph L. Romano
• Humbert Roque Versace, United States Army officer and POW, Vietnam.
• Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC, former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)
• Col. Luigi Palma di Cesnola, Civil War Union Cavalry officer, and Medal of Honor recipient.
• Trumpeter Giovanni Martini, only member of Custer's forces to leave the site of the Battle of the Little Big Horn alive.

Politicians
Arizona

• Dennis DeConcini
• Joe Arpaio, Sheriff of Maricopa County
• Rick Renzi
• Janet Napolitano, former Governor of Arizona, now Secretary of Homeland Security

California
• Joseph Alioto
• Sonny Bono
• Vic Fazio
• George Moscone
• George Miller
• Leon Panetta, (b.1938), former White House Chief of Staff to Bill Clinton
• Eric Garcetti
• Gil Garcetti
• Mike Gatto (State Assemblyman)
• Nancy Pelosi
• James Rogan
• Angelo Rossi,
• Mike Thompson

Colorado

• Diana DeGette
• Tom Tancredo
• Angie Paccione
• Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary

Connecticut

• Rosa DeLauro
• John DeStefano, Jr.
• Michael Fedele
• Ella T. Grasso

Delaware

• Caesar Rodney

Florida

• John Mica
• Dave Weldon
• John J. Considine

Illinois

• Jerry Costello
• Donald A. Manzullo
• Frank Olivo
• Charles Panici
• Martin Russo

Kentucky

• Romano L. Mazzoli, former congressman from Louisville
• Daniel Mongiardo, Lieutenant Governor

Louisiana

• Moon Landrieu
• Mitch Landrieu
• Mary Landrieu
• Victor H. Schiro

Maine

• John Baldacci

Maryland

• Thomas L. J. D'Alesandro, Jr.
• Connie Morella
• William Paca[23]

Massachusetts

• Mike Capuano[24]
• Paul Cellucci[25]
• John Cogliano
• Foster Furcolo[26]
• Joe Malone[27]
• Thomas Menino
• Joe Moakley
• John A. Volpe

Michigan

• Robert A. Ficano

Minnesota

• Jim Oberstar
• Bruce Vento

Mississippi

• Travis Childers
• Thad Cochran
• Andrew H. Longino
• Steven Palazzo
• Chip Pickering

Nevada

• Kathy Augustine[33]
• John Ensign[34]

New Hampshire

• Lou D'Allesandro
• Kathleen Sgambati

New Jersey

• Anthony Bucco
• Chris Christie
• Mike Ferguson[35]
• James Florio[36]
• John Girgenti
• Frank Joseph Guarini
• Frank LoBiondo[37]
• Frank Pallone[38]
• Bill Pascrell, Jr.[39]
• Peter Rodino[40]
• Marge Roukema
• Anthony Russo
• Robert Torricelli[41]

New Mexico

• Pete Domenici[42]

New York

• Joseph P. Addabbo
• Al D'Amato[43]
• Luigi Antonini
• Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
• George A. Cincotta
• Andrew Cuomo
• Mario Cuomo[44]
• Carmine DeSapio (1908 - 2004) the last head of the Tammany Hall political machine that was active in New York politics for 150 years, and dominated them for 80 years[45]
• Thomas DiNapoli
• Geraldine Ferraro[46]
• Vito Fossella[47]
• Dan Frisa
• Anthony Gaeta
• Rudolph Giuliani[48]
• Tom Golisano
• Felix Grucci
• Vincent R. Impellitteri[49]
• John LaFalce
• Fiorello La Guardia[50]
• Ralph J. Lamberti
• Rick Lazio
• Sebastian Leone
• Vito Lopez[51]
• Anthony Masiello
• Vito Marcantonio
• Guy Molinari[52]
• Susan Molinari[53]
• George Pataki[54]
• Ferdinand Pecora[49]
• Charles Poletti[55]
• Tom Sanzillo
• Al Smith[56]
• Francis Barretto Spinola
• Peter Vallone, Sr.[57]
• Italo Zanzi

Ohio

• Capri Cafaro
• Jimmy Dimora-Cuyahoga County Commissioner, former mayor of Bedford Heights, Ohio
• Thomas J. Longo-former mayor of Garfield Heights, Ohio 1983-2009
• Victor(Vic) Collova-new mayor of Garfield Heights, Ohio2009-
• Dean Depiero-mayor of Parma, Ohio and former Ohio State General Assemblyman
• Anthony Celebrezze[58]
• Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr.
• Richard Celeste[59]
• Michael DiSalle (1908 - 1981) served as the 60th Governor of Ohio[60]
• Tim Ryan[61]
• Pat Tiberi[62]
• James Traficant

Oregon

• Peter DeFazio[63]

Pennsylvania

• Louis Barletta, Mayor of Hazleton
• Robert A. Brady, U.S. congressman
• Frank Carlucci, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1987-1989), chairman emeritus of the Carlyle Group.
• Michael F. Doyle, congressman (Italian mother, maiden name Fusco)
• Rick Filippi, former Mayor of Erie
• Vincent Fumo, State Senator, former Democratic State Senate Appropriations Chairman
• Melissa Hart, former U.S. congresswoman (mother's maiden name Albina Simone)
• Frank Mascara, former U.S. congressman
• Robert J. Mellow, State Senator, Minority Leader(Italian mother, maiden name Generotti)
• Frank J. Montemuro Jr., retired State Supreme Court justice and President of Order of the Sons of Italy in America
• John Murtha U.S. congressman
• Russell M. Nigro, retired State Supreme Court justice
• Jeffrey Piccola, State Senator, Chair of State Government Committee
• Frank Rizzo, former Mayor of Philadelphia
• Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senato]

Rhode Island

• David Caprio
• Frank T. Caprio
• Donald Carcieri
• Vincent Cianci, Jr
• Christopher Del Sesto[68]
• Edward D. DiPrete[69]
• Philip Noel[70]
• John Notte[71]
• John Orlando Pastore[72]

Texas

• Nick Lampson

Vermont

• Patrick Leahy[73]

Washington

• Nick Licata
• Albert Rosellini[74]
• Dino Rossi

Wyoming

• John Barrasso
• Tom Sansonetti

Diplomats
• Richard F. Celeste, U.S. Ambassador to India, 1997–2001.
• Paul Cellucci, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, 2001–2005.
• Peter Cianchette, U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, 2008–.
• Luigi R. Einaudi, Acting Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), 2004–2005
• Thomas M. Foglietta, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, 1997–2001.
• John J. Muccio , U.S. Vice Consul, 1926 and then in Consul, 1927–29 in Hong Kong; Consul in Shanghai, 1932; Consul in La Paz, 1938; U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, 1949–1952; Minister, 1954, then Ambassador, 1955, to Iceland; and Ambassador to Guatemala, 1959–1961.
• Joseph A. Mussomeli, U.S. Ambassador to The Philippines; Ambassador to Cambodia, 2005–2008; and Assistant Chief of Mission to Afghanistan, 2008?-.
• Lawrence Pezzulo, U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, 1977–1979 and to Nicaragua , 1979–81; Special Envoy to Haiti .
• Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to The Philippines and Republic of Palau, 2002–2005; Ambassador to Egypt, 2005–2008; and Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan, 2008–.
• Peter F. Secchia, U.S. Ambassador to Italy, 1989–1993.
• Ronald P. Spogli, U.S. Ambassador to Italy and first U.S. Ambassador to San Marino, 2005–2009
• Ernest V. Siracusa , U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia , 1969–1973, and to Uruguay, 1973–1977.
Governors and former governors
• John Baldacci, governor of Maine
• Donald Carcieri, governor of Rhode Island
• Argeo Paul Cellucci (born 1948), former governor of Massachusetts
• Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York
• Edward D. DiPrete, former governor of Rhode Island
• James Florio, former governor of New Jersey (1990–1994)
• Foster Furcolo, former governor of Massachusetts (1957–1961)
• Ella T. Grasso (1919–1981) first woman to be elected governor without following a husband
• Andrew H. Longino, former governor of Mississippi
• Janet Napolitano, governor of Arizona
• John Orlando Pastore, former governor of Rhode Island
• William Paca, signer of the American Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, governor of Maryland, Federal District Judge
• George Pataki, former governor of New York, maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Italy
• Al Smith, former governor of New York (1919–1921; 1923–1929), born Alfred Emanuele Ferrara
• John A. Volpe, governor of Massachusetts (1961–1963; 1965–1969)[20]
Mayors and former mayors
• Hugh Addonizio (1914–1981), mayor of Newark, New Jersey, 1962–1970.
• Joseph Alioto (1916–1998), mayor of San Francisco, 1968–1976.
• Thomas L. J. D'Alesandro, Jr. (1903–1987), mayor of Baltimore, 1947–1959.
• Richard Caliguiri (1931–1988), mayor of Pittsburgh, 1978–1988.
• Anthony Celebrezze (1910–1998), mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1953–1962.
• Vincent Cianci, Jr (1941 – ), mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, 1975–1984 and 1991–2002.
• David Cicilline (1961–),(Jewish mother), mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, 2003–
• John DeStefano, Jr. (1955 – ), mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, since 1993.
• Frank Fasi (1920 – ), Mayor of Honolulu, 1969–1981 and 1984–1994.
• Rudolph Giuliani (1944 – ), Mayor of New York, 1994–2001.
• Dick A. Greco (1933 – ), mayor of Tampa, 1967–1974 and 1995–2003.
• Pam Iorio (1959 – ), Mayor of Tampa, Florida, since 2003.
• Vincent R. Impellitteri (1900–1987), Mayor of New York, 1950–1953.
• Fiorello La Guardia (1882–1947), Mayor of New York , 1934–1945. (Both parents Italian-born – father lapsed Catholic; mother Jewish.)
• Anthony M. Masiello (1947 – ), mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1994–2005.
• Thomas Menino (1942 – ), mayor of Boston, since 1993.
• Robert Maestri (1899–1974), mayor of New Orleans, 1936–1946.
• George Moscone (1929–1978), mayor of San Francisco, 1976–1978.
• Frank Rizzo (1920–1991), mayor of Philadelphia, 1972–1980.
• Angelo Rossi (1878–1948), mayor of San Francisco, 1931–1944.
• Victor Schiro (1904–1992), mayor of New Orleans, 1961–1970.

Prelates
• Msgr. Geno Baroni (1930–1984), the Catholic Coordinator for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
• Francis X. DiLorenzo (born 1942) the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Richmond in Virginia
• John Clement Favalora – Archbishop of the Latin Rite Archdiocese of Miami
• Fr. Stan Fortuna, Roman Catholic priest
• James Groppi Roman Catholic priest and noted civil rights activist
• Francis Mugavero, first Italian-American Bishop of Brooklyn (1968–1990)
• Anthony M. Pilla, bishop of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese 1979–2006.
• Joseph Rosati the first Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Louis

• Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua served as Bishop of Pittsburgh and Archbishop of Philadelphia
• Justin Francis Rigali Archbishop of Philadelphia

Scientists
• Eugenio Calabi, mathematician
• Charles DeLisi
• Renato Dulbecco
• Federico Faggin
• Robert Fano (born 1917), computer scientist
• Ugo Fano (1912–2001), physicist
• Anthony Fauci, immunologist contributing to research in the areas of AIDS and other immunodeficiencies
• Enrico Fermi (1901–1954), physicist
• Robert Gallo
• Albert Ghiorso nuclear scientist who helped discover several chemical elements on the periodic table
• Riccardo Giacconi
• Louis Ignarro
• Robert Lanza
• Paul J. Lioy, exposure science
• Salvador Luria
• Fulvio Melia physicist, astrophysicist, and author
• Antonio Meucci telephone inventor
• Rita Levi-Montalcini
• Franco Modigliani
• Lisa Marie Nowak Born Lisa Marie Caputo Astronaut
• William Daniel Phillips
• Gian-Carlo Rota
• Jack Sarfatti
• Piero Scaruffi (born 1955) cognitive scientist
• Emilio Segrè Nobel-winning physicist and academic
• Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (born 1922) geneticist
• Andrew Viterbi
• Philip Zimbardo

Academics
• Mario Capecchi at the University of Utah
• Frank A. Cipriani
• Thomas A. DeFanti
• John J. DeGioia President of Georgetown University
• A. Bartlett Giamatti (1938–1989), President of Yale University, later Major League Baseball commissioner (Italian father)
• Robert Gallucci Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University
• Lino Graglia at the University of Texas in Austin
• Paul J. Lioy, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
• Robert Magliola Academic specialist in hermeneutics, philosophy, and religious studies; was full professor at Purdue U., then Distinguished chair professor at National Taiwan U. and professor of philosophy and religion at Abac Assumption U. of Thailand; pioneered, in postmodern philosophy and in Buddhist Studies, the mutual relevance of Derridean thought and Madhyamikan Buddhism
• Fulvio Melia Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona in Tucson
• Franco Modigliani MIT economics professor and winner of the 1985 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
• L. Jay Oliva former President of New York University (NYU) and author of many books on European and Russian history
• P. M. Pasinetti professor of comparative literature and Italian UCLA
• Camille Paglia
• Vincent Mosco formerly Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and Professor of Sociology. Dr. Mosco graduated from Georgetown University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1970 and received the Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1975. Dr. Mosco is the author of numerous books on communication, technology, and society. Born and raised on Mulberry St., New York, NY.


Writers
• Ken Auletta, writer/journalist and media critic for The New Yorker
• David Baldacci (1960–), best selling novelist; a distant cousin of John Baldacci, current governor of Maine
• Andrew Berardini, art critic and fiction writer
• Greg Berlanti, television writer and producer
• Giannina Braschi, poet and novelist
• Leo Buscaglia (1924–1998), Author and motivational speaker
• Duane Capizzi, screenwriter
• Lorenzo Carcaterra, novelist and screenwriter
• John Ciardi, poet and etymologist
• Gregory Corso, poet
• John Corvino, philosopher
• William L. DeAndrea, mystery writer
• Keith R. A. DeCandido
• Don DeLillo (1936–), author
• Pietro Di Donato, writer
• Rich DiSilvio, writer, author of The Winds of Time
• John Fante, novelist and screenwriter
• Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, essayist and painter
• David Franzoni, screenwriter of Gladiator and King Arthur.
• Paul Gallico (Italian father)
• Daniela Gioseffi poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, performer, social justice activist [1941- ]
• Arturo Giovannitti poet, political activist
• Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1934–2002), writer
• Evan Hunter aka Ed MacBain born Salvatore Lombino
• Philip Lamantia
• Teresa de Lauretis
• Luis Marden, born Annibale Luis Paragallo, writer for National Geographic
• Fulvio Melia, author of several popular science books, including The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy
• Charles Messina, writer/director of the play Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God, the film Merging, and co-author the book My Father, My Don
• Diana Ossana, Academy Award-winning screenwriter
• Camille Paglia, post-feminist literary and cultural critic
• Christopher Paolini
• Michael Parenti
• P.M. Pasinetti, novelist, playwright, journalist, professor
• Mario Pei
• Joseph D. Pistone
• Diane di Prima, poet of the Beat generation
• Mario Puzo (1920–1999), The Godfather author
• Terry Rossio, screenwriter
• Shane Salerno, screenwriter
• R.A. Salvatore (born 1959), born Robert Anthony Salvatore science fiction and fantasy author, best known for his Forgotten Realms and Star Wars novels
• Leslie Scalapino, poet
• Piero Scaruffi, poet, historian, scientist
• Dom (Domenico) Serafini, T.V. trade magazine editor
• Michelangelo Signorile, journalist, columnist, talk radio host and gay activist
• Gay Talese
• Tom Verducci, sportswriter
• Richard Vetere Richard Vetere; writer, producer, and actor. Author of The Third Miracle (Simon & Schuster), fifteen published plays and his current novel Baroque now on Amazon.

Italian Americans who were first in their field of achievement
• Giuseppe Mario Bellanca, designer of the first monoplane in the United States with an enclosed cabin
• Frank Borzage, first person to win the Academy Award for Directing, for Seventh Heaven
• Enea Bossi, designer of the first stainless steel aircraft and designer of the disputed first fully human-powered plane
• Anthony Celebrezze (1910–1998), the first non-native to be appointed to the U.S. Cabinet
• Geraldine Ferraro, (born August 26, 1935), the first woman in U.S. history to be nominated for the Vice-Presidency of the United States from a major political party
• Ella T. Grasso (1919–1981), born Ella Rose Tambussi Grasso, first woman to be elected governor of a U.S. state without succeeding her husband
• Giuseppina Morlacchi (1846–1886), ballerina and dancer, who introduced the can-can to the American stage
• Nancy Pelosi, the first woman in U.S. history to hold the office of Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
• Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist
• Joe Valachi (1904–1971), the first member of the Mafia to testify to the senate about organized crime
• Frank Mosco Civic and social justice activist, and Community Board Leader from NY's Lower East Side (mainly, Little Italy) and decorated U.S. Marine, ((First Division) serving in WWII). First Italian American to have a street named after him in New York City (Mosco Street - formerly known as Park St/Cross St(between Mott & Mulberry Streets).

Italian Americans not otherwise categorized
• Marella Agnelli, furniture designer
• Luigi Antonini, labor leader
• Caesar Cardini, creator of the Caesar salad
• Oleg Cassini, Russian-Italian-American fashion designer
• Michael Chiarello, American celebrity chef specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine
• Andrew Cunanan, spree killer, mother was Italian-American.
• Giada De Laurentiis, host of the Food Network program Everyday Italian
• Angelo Dundee, trainer of several boxing champions
• Elizabeth Edwards, née Anania, wife of John Edwards, a former U.S. Senator from North Carolina
• Kitty Genovese, stalked and stabbed to death near her home in Queens, New York. The apparent inaction of her neighbors prompted investigation into the psychological phenomenon that became known as the bystander effect or "Genovese syndrome".
• Stacy London, entertainer (Sicilian mother, Jewish father )
• Charles Ponzi (1882–1949), one of the greatest swindlers in American history. Inventor of the Ponzi scheme technique.
• Rachael Ray, Food Network chef and Emmy-winning television personality
• John Scarne, born Orlando Carmelo Scarnecchia, gambling expert and sleight-of-hand card performer
• Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General of the United States Department of Transportation
• Michael Schiavo, ex-husband of Terri Schiavo, the woman whose comatose state and subsequent court case garnered much media attention
• Milton Sirotta, at age nine coined the term googol
• Jack Valenti, of Sicilian heritage, president of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2007
• Michael Viscardi, mathematician

 

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Past Years Celebrations

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2011 The 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy
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2010 A Salute to Italian and Italian American Women
Honoring Dr. Maria Montessori:
An Internationally Renowned Educator and Physician
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2009 Galileo Galilei: Father of Modern Astronomy 1564-1642
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2009 Giuseppe Petrosino: Saluting an Italian American Crime Fighter
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2008 Second half: Andrea Palladio
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2008 First half: Antonio Meucci
The TRUE Inventor of the Telephone
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2007 Giuseppe Garibaldi, Eroe dei due mondi, Hero of Two Worlds
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2006 The Leonardo Da Vinci Legacy
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2005 Focus on Giuseppe Mazzini
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2004 Amerigo Vespucci
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2003 Focus on Italian Opera
Celebrating The Centennial Enrico Caruso's Debut in America
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2002 Constantino Brumidi: Artist of the United States Capitol
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2001 Giuseppe Verdi: A Tribute to Italy's Patriotic Composer
2000 Italy in the Year 2000: Italian Heritage and Cultural Roots at the Threshold of the New Millennium
1999 The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement
1998 New York City at 100: Italian Americans Commemorate the Immigrant Experience (Patria e famiglia)
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1996 Italy and its Regions (L'Italia delle Regioni)
1995 Guglielmo Marconi: Centennial of the Radio
1994 Italian Americans in Law: From Beccaria to Scalia
1993 The Legacy of Italy's Artistic and Cultural Contributions to the World
1992 Cristoforo Colombo 500th Anniversary: The Legacy Lives on
1991 Italian Americans: The Legacy of Cristoforo Colombo
1990 William Paca: Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Jurist, 3 times Governor of the State of Maryland
1989 Italians Reaching Out: Antonio Meucci, Inventor of the Telephone, and Mother Cabrini, Missionary of the Immigrants
1988 Lorenzo Da Ponte/Academia
1987 Year of the U.S. Constitution: Mazzei and the Italian Contribution
1986 Year of Lady Liberty
1985 Building America
1984 Year of the Etruscans
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1983 Italian Culture Week
1982 Italian Culture Week
1981 Italian Festival of the Arts
1980 Italian Culture Week
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1979 Italian Culture Week
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1978 Italian Week, Board of Education of New York
1977 Italian Culture Week
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1976 Italian
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