Gabriele Muccino, Director: The Pursuit of Happyness. Gabriele Muccino was born on May 20, 1967 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is a director and writer, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Seven Pounds (2008) and L'ultimo bacio (2001). He has been married to Angelica Russo since December 22, 2012. He was previously married to Elena Majoni.