Francesco Vairano (born 11 January 1944) is an Italian actor and voice actor. Born in Naples, Vairano began his career in the late 1960s working as a theatre actor. He also made appearances on television. He is generally well known to the Italian public as a voice dubber. He is best known for providing the Italian voices of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) from the Harry Potter film franchise and Gollum (Andy Serkis) from both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Vairano is also known for dubbing Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and various characters in The Muppets. He occasionally dubbed actors such as Robert Downey Jr., William Hurt, and Ian McDiarmid. In December 2016, he announced that he would be temporarily retiring from voice dubbing and would only make rare comebacks.