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Gian Maria Volontè Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 April 1933Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Date of Death 6 December 1994Florina, Greece  (heart attack)
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Milan in 1933, Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in 1957. He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in film, he reached notoriety with the character of Ramón Rojo in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964). This success was doubled in Leone's next film, For a Few Dollars More (1965). The following ten years would be the most intense of Volontè career. L'armata Brancaleone (1966) (directed by Mario Monicelli) was the most successful Italian movie of the year, We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) (directed by Elio Petri) won the Grand Prix du Scenario at the Cannes Film Festival, and Volontè won his first Nastro d'Argento (Silver Ribbon - the most presitgious acting award in Italy) in 1970 for Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (1970) (also directed by Petri), making him an international star. The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and two Italian Golden Globes, including one for his performance. In 1972, he starred in two Italian movies as the protagonist: Petri's Lulu the Tool (1971) and Francesco Rosi's The Mattei Affair (1972), both of which win the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival, where he also wins a Special Mention. In his life, Volontè won a huge number of other prizes and honours, becoming one of the most celebrated Italian actors of the seventies, and challenging Vittorio Gassman and Marcello Mastroianni as the most popular Italian actor. He died in Greece in 1994.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ferdinando Boccazzi Varotto (corrections by tanglefreak)

Spouse (2)

Armenia Balducci (10 August 1983 - ?) (separated)
Tiziana Mischi (June 1959 - 30 January 1962) (separated)

Trade Mark (1)

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

Trivia (9)

Died in Greece while filming Theodoros Angelopoulos 's film To vlemma tou Odyssea (1995), and was replaced by Erland Josephson.
He played mostly villainous characters, most famously as the principal villains in the first two Sergio Leone / Clint Eastwood collaborations, A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965).
Brother of actor Claudio Camaso.
Companion of Italian actress Carla Gravina for almost 10 years, they met when they played Romeo and Juliet in the theatre in 1960. The two had a daughter Giovanna born in the early 1960s.
Companion of actress Angelica Ippolito from 1977 until his death in 1994.
Was offered a major role in For Your Eyes Only (1981) but passed.
Member of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) until 1981.
Supporter of Milan F.C.
Best known for his resemblance with the British actor Laurence Olivier.

Personal Quotes (3)

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.
Being an actor is a matter of choice that above all takes place at an existential level: either you express the conservative structures of society and are nothing more that a tool in the hands of power, or you address the progressive components of this society in an attempt to settle a revolutionary relation between art and life.
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, there is a need to understand the cinema as a means of mass communication, as well as the theater and television.

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