|Name Fernando Ghia|
Role Film producer
|Died June 1, 2005, Rome, Italy|
Children Sebastiano Ghia
|Awards David di Donatello for Best Foreign Producer|
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture
Movies The Mission, Lady Caroline Lamb, Three columns in the news
Similar People Gaia De Laurentiis, Roland Joffe, David Puttnam, Chris Menges, Ray McAnally
Fernando Ghia (July 22, 1935 - June 1, 2005 in Rome) was an Italian film producer and talent agent. He was best known for producing films such as The Mission (1986), Lady Caroline Lamb (1973), and the television miniseries Nostromo (1997), based on Joseph Conrad's novel.
Ghia appeared as an actor in the 1958 film La Gerusalemme liberata. He had a stint working as an agent for the William Morris Agency, and was taught to speak English by Albert Finney. In 1972 he read an article about the Jesuit order and political trouble in South America in Time magazine which generated a lifelong interest in it and formed the basis of several of the films he produced, including The Mission and the Italian series Nostromo. He spent over a decade in Hollywood, returning to his native Italy in the late 1980s and establishing Pixit Productions in Rome. In the 1990s Ghia married actress Gaia De Laurentiis, 35 years his junior; they had a son, Sebastian, in 1996. At his funeral in June 2005, Ennio Morricone's stirring theme for The Mission was reportedly played.