Alberto Sordi (Rome, 1920 - 2003) is an Italian actor, director, and screenwriter. Along with Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Nino Manfredi, and Vittorio Gassman, Sordi was one of the great names of the commedia all'italiana; he was also spokesman of the Romany in Italian cinematography. Between 1952 and 1955, Sordi achieved stardom within the world of cinema with The White Sheikh (1952) and The Useless (1953). In 1977, he starred in A Little Bourgeois Piccolo with Shelley Winters and Romolo Valli. He received five Nastro d'Argento awards and seven David di Donatello awards, and in 1995 won the Golden Lion for his film career at the Venice Film Festival.