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Gian Maria Volontè (1933–1994)

Born in Milan in 1933, he studies in Rome at the "National Dramatic Arts Academy" were reaches the degree in 1957. He starts working in teather and television, where he is soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After a few short appearance in movies, he reaches notoriety with the character of Ramón Rojo in Sergio Leone... See full bio »


(age 61) in Florina, Greece

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For a Few Dollars More
For a Few Dollars More El Indio (The Indian)
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars Ramón Rojo
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Il Dottore - Former head of homicide squad
Le Cercle Rouge


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 1993 Tirano Banderas
Tirano Banderas (as Gian María Volonte)
 1993 Funes, a Great Love
 1991 Una storia semplice
Carmelo Franzò
 1990 Open Doors
Judge Vito Di Francesco
 1990 Tre colonne in cronaca
Alberto Landolfi
 1989 Pestalozzis Berg
 1988 L'oeuvre au noir
 1987 A Boy from Calabria
 1987 Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Dr. Cristo Bedoya
 1983 The Death of Mario Ricci
Bernard Fontana
 1981 Lady of the Camelias
 1980 Stark System
 1979 Ogro
 1979 Christ Stopped at Eboli
Carlo Levi
 1977 I Am Afraid
Brigadiere Ludovico Graziano
 1976 Todo modo
 1976 Letters from Marusia
 1975 The Suspect
 1973 Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno (as Gianmaria Volonte)
 1972 The Assassination
Sadiel - un leader progresste maghrebin
 1971 Lulu the Tool
Lulù Massa
 1970 Le Cercle Rouge
Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)
 1970 Many Wars Ago
Lt. Ottolenghi
 1970 Wind from the East
Le ranger nordiste
 1969 The Bandit
 1968 Summit
 1968 The Violent Four
Pietro 'Piero' Cavallero
 1968 The Seven Cervi Brothers
Aldo Cervi
 1967 Face to Face
Professor Brad Fletcher (as Gian Maria Volonté)
 1967 Caravaggio (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1967) ... Caravaggio
- Episode #1.2 (1967) ... Caravaggio
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... Caravaggio
 1967 We Still Kill the Old Way
Prof. Paolo Laurana
 1967 A Bullet for the General
El Chuncho (as Gian Maria Volonté)
 1966 La strega in amore
 1966 For Love and Gold
Teofilatto dei Leonzi
 1966 Wake Up and Die
Inspector Moroni
 1966 Seasons of Our Love
Leonardo Varzi
 1965 La strada più lunga (TV Movie)
 1964 The Magnificent Cuckold
The Councillor
 1964 A Fistful of Dollars
Ramón Rojo (as John Wells Italian version, Johnny Wels English version)
 1963 Il taglio del bosco (TV Movie)
 1963 The Terrorist
Braschi, l'ingeniere
 1963 Noche de verano
Alberto Suárez
 1962 The Four Days of Naples
Stimolo (uncredited)
 1962 Ifigenia in Aulide (TV Movie)
 1962 Un uomo da bruciare
 1961 Jail Break
 1961 Hercules and the Captive Women
Re di Sparta
 1961 Girl with a Suitcase
Piero Benotti
 1960 La pisana (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1960)
- Episode #1.1 (1960)
 1960 Under Ten Flags
Samuel Braunstein (as Gianmaria Volontè)
 1959 Saul (TV Movie)
 1959 L'idiota (TV Mini-Series)
Parfen Rogozin
- Episode #1.6 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.5 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
 1957 Fedra (TV Movie)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, Italy.

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Alternate Names:

Cuncho | Gian María Volonte | Gian-Maria Volonte | Gianmaria Volonte | Gianmaria Volontè | Gian Maria Volonté | Gianmaria Volonté | John Wells | Johnny Wels


6' 0½" (1.84 m)

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I accept or reject a film based on my conception of cinema. The definition of political cinema is one I don't agree with, because every film, every show, is typically political in nature. Political cinema is simply the brainchild of bad journalists. I try to make films that say something about the mechanisms of a society like ours, which correspond with some research of a shred of truth. For me, ... See more »


Member of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) until 1981. See more »


Best known as the Italian Laurence Olivier, because of the resemblance with the British actor

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