Mr DeVito will become a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, one of Italy’s highest civic honours, for his work in the film industry.

The beloved “funny man” will be presented the award by Italian Consul Antonio Verde.

“[It was] a keenly felt recognition by our country of one of the most highly appreciated interpreters of international cinema, who has proudly claimed his deep sense of attachment to his Italian roots and the values of his culture of origin throughout his long artistic career,” Mr Verde said.

Mr DeVito’s family is originally from San Fele, in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.