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Franco Nero

Franco Nero (November 23, 1941) is an Italian actor. He was born Franco Spartanero in San Prospero and grew up in Bedonia and Milan. He studied briefly at the Facoltà di Economia e Commercio before leaving to study at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano.

His first film role was a small part in La Ragazza in Prestito (1964), he had his first lead role in Sergio Corbucci's Django (1966) a Spaghetti Western and one of his most well-known films. In 1966 from Django he went on to appear in eight more films released that year including Texas, Addio and Tempo di Massacro. In 1967 he appeared in his first English language film, Camelot as Lancelot. A certain lack of facility with English tended to limit these roles, although he also appeared in other English language films including The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), Force 10 From Navarone (1978) and Die Hard 2 (1990). Although often typecast in films like Los amigos (1972) or Keoma (1976) he has attempted an impressive range of characters, like Abel in John Huston's epic The Bible (1966) and the gay lieutenant in Querelle (1982). He has appeared in almost 150 films and has written, produced and starred in one - Jonathan degli orsi (1993)

While working on Camelot he became close to Vanessa Redgrave, and in 1969 they had a son, Carlo Gabriel Nero, a screen-writer and director.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Franco Nero Facts

Birth NameFranco Spartanero
BirthdayNovember 23, 1941 (81)
BirthplaceSan Prospero, Italy
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Franco Nero compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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