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, 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's A Fistful of Dollars (1964). The success is doubled in the following Leone's movie For a Few Dollars More (1965). The following ten years are the most intense of his career. In 1966 For Love and Gold (1966) (directed by Mario Monicelli) is the most successful Italian movie of the year, in 1967 We Still Kill the Old Way (1967) (directed by Elio Petri) wins the grand prix du scenario at the Cannes Film Festival, and Volontè wins his first Nastro d'argento (The Silver Ribbon - the Italian most remarkable award), in 1970 for Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) (also directed by Elio Petri) makes Mr.Volonte' an international star. The movie wins the Academy award for best Foreign Film, the Grand prix at the Cannes Film Festival and The Golden Globe. Volontè wins both the silver ribbon and the Donatello's David awards in Italy for his acting. In 1972 he stars in two Italian movies as the main character: Elio Petri's Lulu the Tool (1971) and Francesco Rosi's The Mattei Affair (1972) win tied the Cannes Film Festival where he wins a special award. In his life Volontè has won a huge number of other prizes and mentions becoming the most celebrated Italian actor of the seventies and challenging with Vittorio Gassman and Marcello Mastroianni as the most popular Italian actor. He died in Greece in 1994.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ferdinando Boccazzi Varotto

Spouse (2)

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

Trivia (8)

Died in Greece while filming Theodoros Angelopoulos 's film Ulysses' Gaze (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.

Personal Quotes (1)

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, there is a need to understand the cinema as a means of mass communication, as well as the theater and television. 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.

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