If you ever encounter a crossword clue that reads “talented charming Italian actor - 4 letters” you may well fill out “Bova” in the grid -no need to bother counting letters. Raul is internationally renowned and one of the most popular actors on the contemporary Italian film and television scene.
His artistic qualities, combined with a talent in making professional choices, have enabled him to work with directors of the calibre of Pupi Avati, Lina Wertmuller, Ferzan Ozpetek and co-star with A-list cast including Sophia Loren, Giancarlo Giannini, Anthony Quinn, sir Fahrid Murray Abraham, Sylvester Stallone. He won the approval of the most demanding film critics which earned him many prestigious awards. A versatile actor, he played romantic leads, comic parts and action heroes adding layers and depth to his character roles with passion and devotion.
Raul obtained his mass audience appeal with Ultimo, the legendary Carabinieri officer who served on the front line combating the organized crime. In the fourth sequel of the series, Ultimo works with the Environmental Operations Task Force against criminal organisations committing trafficking and illegal waste disposal. One of his favorite roles, Raul is truly inspired by his TV character which draws extensively on the real life of Captain Ultimo who “provides a good, clean role model for young people to follow the rules and is a symbol of liberty, strength and hope”.
In real life as in his acting, Raul is very committed in social work extending his action to a number of charity activities and campaigns. In 2007 he posed together with young people affected by the Down Syndrome for the AIPD calendar and has played football several times for the “Partita del Cuore”, a yearly-held charity soccer match. He co-founded the Captain Ultimo Foundation with the aim to contrasting the activity of the organized crime and to promoting legality and social justice. In 2010, Raoul was nominated FAO’s Goodwill Ambassador. In this capacity, Raul has vigorously promoted the 1billionhungry petition against hunger and the Run for Food. In 2011 together, with his wife Chiara,, he started a new charity “Coloriamo i sogni”. Supporter and face of the ecologist organization "
ForPlanet", he advocates for saving the forests of our planet. In line with his commitments, as a YUNGA Ambassador.
Raoul Bova describes his TV series character: Captain Ultimo conveys a message to young people, corruption is a no-win game (La Repubblica – June 2011)
Raul Bova blows the wistle on hunger (The Washington Post article, October 2010)
Raul Bova on “Ultimo” TV mini-series Official Trailer (2012)
Raul Bova on La Repubblica Radio/TV (2007)
Raul Bova is nominated FAO Goodwill Ambassador, World Food Day Ceremony (Rome, 2010)
Raul Bova on flickr