Oscar-winning actor Benigni loses driving licence

Rome, Oct 28 (IANS/AKI) Oscar-winning Italian actor Roberto Benigni’s driving licence has been withdrawn after traffic wardens caught him overtaking a queue of cars in Rome and swerving into the oncoming lane.

Benigni was also fined 163 euros over the incident which happened on Thursday – his 64th birthday.

Italy’s most famous actors and comedian, Benigni won an Academy award for best actor in his 1997 movie “Life is Beautiful”. Co-written and and directed by Benigni, it also won the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

Benigni was a guest at US President Barack Obama’s last state dinner in Washington on October 18 together with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini.