Franco Nero

Biography

Date of Birth 23 November 1941, San Prospero, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Birth Name Francesco Sparanero Height 5' 11" (1.80 m) Blue-eyed well-built Italian actor Franco Nero, once was a painting photographer, when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. Grew up in provincial northern Italian town in the family of a strict police sergeant, Nero got on the scene six years old. Studied economics and trade in Milan University and during that time he was appearing in popular italian photo-novels. This gave him a chance to gain a little role in Carlo Lizzani's 'La Celestina' (1964). Year later handsome face of Nero was noticed by John Huston who chose him for the role of Abel in 'La Bibbia' (1966). But success came after he got the role of lonely gunfighter, dragging a coffin in one of the best spaghetti-westerns; Sergio Corbucci's 'Django' (1966). Nero then filmed a few other westerns of that style as Ferdinando Baldi's 'Texas addio' (1966) and Lucio Fulci's 'Tempo di massacro' (1966) and furthered his career by filming in all genres of the cinema and TV. During filming Joshua Logan's 'Camelot' (1967) he met the actress Vanessa Redgrave, who become his long time partner. Played with Catherine Deneuve in Luis Bunuel's 'Tristana' (1970) and with Sergei Bondarchuk in the war drama 'Bitka na Neretvi' (1969). Later director Bondarchuk cast Nero for the role of famous American reporter John Reed in two parts 'Krasnye kolokola II' (1982). In the late 60s and during the 70s Nero played many different roles, but most of them connected with political and criminal genre, criticized Italian justice system. In the early 80s, Nero was chosen for the role of white ninja in 'Enter the Ninja' (1981) and in 1990 as terrorist Gen. Esperanza, opposite Bruce Willis in Renny Harlin's 'Die Hard 2' (1990). Being a personage from more than 25 different nationalities; from Russian to American, from Egyptian to Israeli, with 150 roles, Franco Nero now prefers to participate only in little movies in supporting roles.

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Birth Name

Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero

Birth Place

San Prospero Parmense, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Birth Date

11/23/1941
Known For
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Django

Django

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Keoma

Keoma Shannon

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Enter the Ninja

Cole

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Compañeros

Yodlaf Peterson

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Texas, addio

Burt Sullivan

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Camelot

Lancelot Du Lac

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Hitch Hike

Walter Mancini

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The Fifth Cord

Andrea Bild

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The Pope's Exorcist

The Pope

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Man, Pride, and Vengeance

Don José

Starring In
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The Pope's Exorcist

The Pope

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The Man from Rome

El Papa

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Off the Rails

Giovanni

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Silent Life

Rudolph Valentino's Spirit

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The Match

Old Branko

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L'uomo che disegnò Dio

Emanuele

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Dante's Hell

Circles Introduction (Italian) (voice)

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La Danza Nera

l'Impresario

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Agony

Carlo

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Havana Kyrie

Vittorio Arditi De Bellis

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Recon

Angelo

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Christmas in Rome

Luigi Forlinghetti

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The Collini Case

Fabrizio Collini

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A Rose in Winter

Rainer Praeger

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Red Land (Rosso Istria)

Professore Ambrosin

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Iceman

Ditob

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Julius

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Il Crimine non va in Pensione

Primario

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The Time of Their Lives

Alberto

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The Broken Key

Hiram Abif

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The Lost City of Z

Baron De Gondoriz

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Il Ragazzo Della Giudecca

Salvatore

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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Nymph

Niko

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Istintobrass

Self

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Django Unchained

Amerigo Vessepi

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New Order

Dr. Cornelius Van Morgen

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Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s

Self

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Cars 2

Uncle Topolino (voice)

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Rasputin

Narrator

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Letters to Juliet

Lorenzo Bartolini

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Augustine: The Decline of the Roman Empire

Augustinus (age 76)

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Mord ist mein Geschäft, Liebling

Enrico Puzzo

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Bathory: Countess of Blood

King Mathias II

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Mein Herz in Chile

Carlos Sanchez

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La rabbia

Mentore

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Ti stramo: Ho voglia di un'ultima notte da manuale prima di tre baci sopra il cielo

Il barbone

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Márió, a Varázsló

Mario

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Hans

Homeless / Magistrate

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The Holy Family

Zachary

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Summer Solstice

Lorenzo

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Forever Blues

Luca

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Elio Petri: Notes on a Filmmaker

Self

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The Spaghetti West - An IFC Original Documentary

Himself

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Paul The Apostle

Gamaliel

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Bad Inclination

Vagrant

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Ultimo Stadio

Antonio

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Megiddo: The Omega Code 2

Gen. Francini

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Die Kreuzritter 3: Die Krone des Königs

Bishop Gellért

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Crusaders: The Fall of Jerusalem

Ibnazul

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Uninvited

Ralph Barolo

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Talk of Angels

Dr. Vicente Areavaga

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The Versace Murder

Gianni Versace

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Bella Mafia

Mario Domino

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The Bible - David

Nathan

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The Innocent Sleep

Adolfo Cavani

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Street Law

Ing. Carlo Antonelli

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Jonathan degli orsi

Jonathan

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Die Hard 2

Gen. Ramon Esperanza

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Top Line

Ted Angelo

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Sweet Country

Paul

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Django Strikes Again

Django / Brother Ignatius

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The Repenter

Falco

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Red Bells Part II: Ten Days That Shook the World

John Reed

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Querelle

Lieutenant Seblon

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Kamikaze 89

Weiss

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The Salamander

Carabinieri Colonel Dante Matucci

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Der Falke

Banovic Strahinja

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Enter the Ninja

Cole

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Il Giorno del Cobra

Larry Stanziani

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The Blue-Eyed Bandit

Renzo Dominici

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Shark Hunter

Mike di Donato

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The Visitor

Jesus Christ (uncredited)

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Mimi

Guido

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Force 10 from Navarone

Lescovar

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Hitch Hike

Walter Mancini

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Sahara Cross

Jean Ballard

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Keoma

Keoma Shannon

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Victory March

Captain Asciutto

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21 Hours at Munich

Issa

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Scandalo

Armand

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Cry, Onion!

Onion Stark

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Death Rite

Sadry

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Gente di Rispetto

Professore Michele Belcore

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How to Kill a Judge

Giacomo Solaris

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Smiling Maniacs

Judge Dani

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Die Rache der Camorra

Nicola Bellizzi

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Die Teufelsschlucht der wilden Wölfe

Jason Scott

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Last Days of Mussolini

Walter Audisio 'Valerio'

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Street Law

Carlo Antonelli

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High Crime

Vice-Commissioner Belli

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Redneck

Mosquito

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White Fang

Jason Scott

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Il Delitto Matteotti

Giacomo Matteotti

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El Monje

Ambrosio

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Pope Joan

Louis

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Long Live Your Death

Prince Dmitri Vassilovich Orlowsky

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Confession D'un Commissaire De Police Au Procureur De La République

Deputy D.A. Traini

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The Fifth Cord

Andrea Bild

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Vacation

Osiride

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The Case Is Closed: Forget It

Vanzi

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Compañeros

Yodlaf Peterson

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Tristana

Horacio

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The Virgin and the Gypsy

The Gypsy

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The Fifth Day of Peace

Bruno Grauber

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Detective Belli

Commissario Stefano Belli

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The Battle of Neretva

Capt. Michele Riva

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The Mercenary

Sergei Kowalski, the Polish

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Sequestro di persona

Gavino

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Mafia

Capt. Bellodi

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A Quiet Place in the Country

Leonardo Ferri

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Camelot

Lancelot Du Lac

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Man, Pride, and Vengeance

Don José

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The Wild, Wild Planet

Lt. Jake Jacowitz

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Massacre Time

Tom Corbett

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Das dritte Auge

Mino (as Frank Nero)

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Texas, addio

Burt Sullivan

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Django

Django

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The Bible... In The Beginning

Abel

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The Hired Killer

Tony Lo Bello (as Frank Nero)

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I diafanoidi vengono da Marte

Lt. Jake Jacowitz

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I Knew Her Well

Italo - The garage attendant

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The Tramplers

Charley Garvey (as Frank Nero)

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