1924 – Born on September 28th in Fontana Liri, Italy. An actor who became the preeminent leading man in Italian cinema during the 1960s. An attractive man whose acting style projected a mood of casual affability, he achieved international fame as the screen symbol of the modern European.
1947 – Made his film debut, Mastroianni had become a well-known actor in Italy by the mid-1950s.
1948 – He began an acting career in amateur theatricals sponsored by the university and he joined Italy’s leading theatrical troupe.
1957-1960 – As the star of Le notti bianche, White Nights, he was noticed by the Italian director Federico Fellini who cast him in the leading role of the world-weary journalist in La dolce vita (“The Sweet Life”), the award-winning film that established Mastroianni’s international reputation.
– It was followed by other outstanding pictures—e.g., La notte (The Night), in which Mastroianni portrays a novelist who experiences emotional aridity in his marriage.
1961-1963 – Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce—Italian Style), a satiric farce about a debonair baron’s attempts to free himself from an unwanted wife; and Otto e mezzo (8 1/2), an Academy Award-winning film also directed by Fellini, with Mastroianni as a creative film director.
1964-1977 – The comedies Ieri, oggi, domani (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) and Matrimonio all’italiana (Marriage—Italian Style) were two of the many films in which he costarred with the Italian actress Sophia Loren.
– He also appeared with Loren in I girasoli (Sunflower), La moglie del prete (The Priest’s Wife), and Una giornata speciale (A Special Day).
1996 – Died on December 19th in Paris, France.