Franco Nero (born 23 November 1941) is an Italian actor.
He is best known for his roles of the title character in
Sergio Corbucci's (1966), Django Sir Lancelot in Joshua Logan's (1967), Horacio in Camelot Luis Buñuel's (1970), the title character in Tristana Enzo G. Castellari's (1976), Captain Nikolai Lescovar/Colonel von Ingorslebon in Keoma Guy Hamilton's (1978), Cole in Force 10 from Navarone Menahem Golan's (1981), his reprising role again as the title character in Nello Rosatti's Enter the Ninja (1987), General Ramon Esperanza in Django 2 Renny Harlin's (1990), Die Hard 2 Gianni Versace in Menahem Golan's (1998), General Francini in The Versace Murder Brian Trenchard-Smith's (2001) and Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Lorenzo Bartolini in Gary Winick's (2010). Letters to Juliet
He also played the narrator in the film
(2010) directed by Rasputin Louis Nero and voice the character of Uncle Topolino in the animated film (2011) directed by Cars 2 John Lasseter and co-directed by Brad Lewis. In 2012 Nero made a cameo appearance in Quentin Tarantino's . Django Unchained Early life [edit ]
Nero was born
Francesco Sparanero [1 ] [2 ] [3 ] [4 ] in San Prospero Parmense (province of [5 ] Parma, Emilia-Romagna), the son of a brigadiere ( brigadier) in the Carabinieri, originally from [6 ] San Severo. He grew up in [7 ] Bedonia and in Milan. He studied briefly at the Economy and Trade faculty of the local university, before leaving to study at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Acting career [edit ]
Nero's first film role was a small part in
La ragazza in prestito (1964), and he had his first lead role in Sergio Corbucci's (1966) a Django spaghetti western and one of his best known films. In 1966 from Django he went on to appear in eight more films released that year including (1967) and Texas, addio . Tempo di massacro
In 1967, he appeared in
as Camelot Lancelot, where he met his long time romantic partner, and later on in life his wife, Vanessa Redgrave. Following this he appeared in the mafia film opposite Il giorno della civetta Claudia Cardinale released in 1968.
A lack of proficiency in English tended to limit these roles, although he also appeared in other English language films including
(1970), The Virgin and the Gypsy (1978), Force 10 from Navarone (1981) and Enter the Ninja (1990). Die Hard 2
Although often typecast in films like
(1972) or Los amigos (1976) he has attempted an impressive range of characters, such as Keoma Abel in John Huston's epic (1966), the humiliated engineer out for revenge in The Bible: In The Beginning , the gay lieutenant in Street Law (1982) and Querelle Serbian mediaeval hero in (1983). He has appeared in over 150 films, and has written, produced and starred in one: Banović Strahinja (1993). Jonathan degli orsi [8 ]
More recently, he starred in Hungarian director Koltay Gábor (
)'s hu in 1996, in Honfoglalás (Conquest) (1999) by Li chiamarono... briganti! Pasquale Squitieri and subsequently in Koltay's Sacra Corona (Holy Crown) in 2001.
In 2009 he played an eccentric author called "Mario Puzzo" in
("Murder is my trade, darling", Italian title "Tesoro, sono un killer"). German critics found his performance was the best part of the film: "Having Franco Nero playing in this film is really a great joy - it is only regrettable that after his appearances there is still so much film left." Mord ist mein Geschäft, Liebling [9 ]
In 2010, Nero appeared in the film
with Redgrave. In 2011 he appeared as a guest star on the season 13 premiere episode of Letters to Juliet Law and Order SVU. His character, though Italian, was based on Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In the same year, he received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada. [10 ]
In 2012, Nero made a
cameo appearance in the film in one scene alongside Django Unchained Jamie Foxx, who plays Django in the film. In the scene Nero plays an Italian Mandingo Fighter manager. Nero then questions Foxx about his character's name and asks him to spell it. This references Nero's role as Django in the original film. Django Personal life [edit ]
His romantic involvement with British actress
Vanessa Redgrave began in 1967 when they met on the set of . In 1969, they had a son, Camelot Carlo Gabriel Redgrave Sparanero (known professionally as Carlo Gabriel Nero), a screenwriter and director. After separating for many years, during which they both had relationships with other people, they reunited and married on 31 December 2006. Carlo Nero directed Redgrave in the cinematic adaptation of [11 ] Wallace Shawn's play The Fever.
Nero walked his future stepdaughter
Natasha Richardson down the aisle when she married actor Liam Neeson in 1994. Her father, Tony Richardson, had died in 1991. Selected Filmography [edit ] (1965, directed by Io la conoscevo bene Antonio Pietrangeli) (1965, directed by Wild, Wild Planet Antonio Margheriti) (1965, directed by Gli uomini dal passo pesante Albert Band) (1966, directed by War of the Planets Antonio Margheriti) (1966, directed by The Third Eye Mino Guerrini) (1966, directed by Massacre Time Lucio Fulci) Tecnica di un omicidio (1966, directed by Francesco Prosperi) (1966, directed by The Bible: In the Beginning John Huston) (1966, directed by Django Sergio Corbucci) (1967, directed by Texas, Adios Ferdinando Baldi) (1967, directed by Camelot Joshua Logan) Sequestro di persona ( (1968, directed by Gianfranco Mingozzi ( ) it )) it (1968, directed by Pride and Vengeance Luigi Bazzoni) (1968, directed by The Mercenary Sergio Corbucci) (1968, directed by The Day of the Owl Damiano Damiani) (1969, directed by The Fifth Day of Peace Giuliano Montaldo) (1969, directed by The Battle of Neretva Veljko Bulajić) (1969, directed by A Quiet Place in the Country Elio Petri) (1969, directed by Detective Belli Romolo Guerrieri) (1970, directed by Dropout Tinto Brass) (1970, directed by Vamos a matar, compañeros Sergio Corbucci) (1970, directed by Tristana Luis Buñuel) (1970, directed by The Virgin and the Gypsy Christopher Miles) (1971, directed by The Case Is Closed, Forget It Damiano Damiani) (1971, directed by La vacanza Tinto Brass) (1971, directed by The Fifth Cord Luigi Bazzoni) (1971, directed by Long Live Your Death Duccio Tessari) (1971, directed by Confessions of a Police Captain Damiano Damiani) (1972, directed by Los Amigos Paolo Cavara) (1972, directed by The Assassination of Matteotti Florestano Vancini) (1972, directed by Pope Joan Michael Anderson) (1972, directed by The Monk Ado Kyrou) Senza ragione ( (1973, directed by ) it Silvio Narizzano) (1973, directed by High Crime Enzo G. Castellari) (1973, directed by White Fang Lucio Fulci) (1974, directed by I guappi Pasquale Squitieri) (1974, directed by Street Law Enzo G. Castellari) (1974, directed by Challenge to White Fang Lucio Fulci) (1975, directed by Marcello Aliprandi ( Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia )) it (TV movie) (1975, directed by The Legend of Valentino Melville Shavelson) (1975, directed by The Flower in His Mouth Luigi Zampa) (1975, directed by Cipolla Colt Enzo G. Castellari) (1975, directed by How to Kill a Judge Damiano Damiani) (1975, directed by Last Days of Mussolini Carlo Lizzani) (1976, directed by Death Rite Claude Chabrol) (1976, directed by Keoma Enzo G. Castellari) (TV movie) (1976, directed by 21 Hours at Munich William A. Graham) (1976, directed by Victory March Marco Bellocchio) Scandalo ( (1976, directed by ) it Salvatore Samperi) (1977, directed by Hitch-Hike Pasquale Festa Campanile) (1978, directed by Force 10 from Navarone Guy Hamilton) (TV movie) (1978, directed by The Pirate Ken Annakin) (1978, directed by Sahara Cross Tonino Valerii) (1979, directed by The Shark Hunter Enzo G. Castellari) (1979, directed by Un dramma borghese Florestano Vancini) (1979, directed by The Visitor Giulio Paradisi) (1979, directed by Le rose di Danzica Alberto Bevilacqua) (1980, directed by The Blue-Eyed Bandit Alfredo Giannetti) (1980, directed by Day of the Cobra Enzo G. Castellari) (1980, directed by The Man with Bogart's Face Robert Day) (1981, directed by The Salamander Peter Zinner) (1981, directed by Enter the Ninja Menahem Golan) (1981, directed by The Falcon Vatroslav Mimica) (1982, directed by Francesco Laudadio ( Grog )) it (1982, directed by Kamikaze 1989 Wolf Gremm) (1982, directed by Querelle Rainer Werner Fassbinder) (1982, directed by Red Bells Sergei Bondarchuk) (TV miniseries) (1983, directed by Wagner Tony Palmer) (1983, directed by Red Bells II Sergei Bondarchuk) (TV miniseries) (1984, directed by The Last Days of Pompeii Peter R. Hunt) Die Försterbuben (TV movie) (1984, directed by Peter Patzak) André schafft sie alle (1985, directed by Peter Fratzscher) – Season 2, Episode 10: "Murderous Feelings" (1985, directed by The Hitchhiker Mai Zetterling) (1985, directed by The Repenter Pasquale Squitieri) Un marinaio e mezzo (1985, directed by Tommaso Dazzi) (1985, directed by The Repenter Pasquale Squitieri) (1986, directed by The Girl Arne Mattsson) Il generale ( (TV miniseries) (1987, directed by ) it Luigi Magni) (1987, directed by Sweet Country Michael Cacoyannis) (1987, directed by Nello Rossati ( Django 2 )) it (TV miniseries) (1988, directed by Windmills of the Gods Lee Philips) Grosso guaio a Cartagena (1988, directed by Tommaso Dazzi) (1988, directed by Nello Rossati ( Alien Terminator )) it (1988, directed by Run for Your Life Terence Young) (TV movie) (1989) The Magistrate (1990) Young Toscanini (TV miniseries) (1990) The Betrothed (1990, directed by Die Hard 2 Renny Harlin) (1990) Breath of Life (TV miniseries) (1991) Young Catherine (1992) Fratelli e sorelle (1993, directed by Jonathan of the Bears Enzo G. Castellari) (TV miniseries) (1994) The Dragon Ring (1995) Io e il re (1996) Talk of Angels (1996) The Conquest (1996) The Innocent Sleep (TV miniseries) (1996) The Return of Sandokan (TV movie) (1997) Painted Lady The Bible: David ( (TV movie) (1997) ) it (TV miniseries) (1997) Desert of Fire (TV movie) (1997) Bella Mafia (1998) The Versace Murder (1999) Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (1999) Li chiamarono... briganti! (1999) Uninvited (2000) Mirka (TV movie) (2001) The Crusaders (also director, 2005) Forever Blues (2006) Hans (2008) Bathory (2008) The Rage (2009) Mord ist mein Geschäft, Liebling (2010) Letters to Juliet (TV movie) (2010) Augustine: The Decline of the Roman Empire (voice, 2011) Cars 2 (2011) Rasputin New Order (2012) (2012) Django Unchained (2013) Cadences obstinées Discography [edit ] 1985 - Will Change The World/ Cambierà (Lovers, LVNP 802, 7" - with his son Carlo) References [edit ] External links [edit ]