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Franco Nero

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 at six years old. Studied economics and trade in Milan University and, during that time, he was ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 10 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Marathon (announced)
Don Jose
 2016 Inferno by Dante (post-production)
Circles Introduction (Italian) (voice)
 2016 Keoma Rises (announced)
  Prairie Bones (pre-production)
Juliano (rumored)
  The Last Hit Man (announced)
Slade Muso
 2015/III The Kid (Short)
Franco Nero
 2015 Gemma di Maggio (Short)
Gaetano Old
 2015 il Buio (Short)
 2014 Figli di Maam
 2014 Dante's Hell Animated (Short)
Circles Introduction (Italian version, voice)
 2014 Love Island
Marquis Polesini
 2014 Killer Mermaid
 2013 Obsessive Rhythms
 2013 Handy
Frank The Black
 2012 The Last Alchemist (Short)
Felix the Alchemist
 2012 Canepazzo
Alvaro Genta
 2012 New Order
Dr. Cornelius Van Morgen
 2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Roberto Distasio
- Scorched Earth (2011) ... Roberto Distasio
 2011 Cars 2
Uncle Topolino (voice)
 2011/II Father
 2010 Rasputin
 2010 Angelus Hiroshimae
The Hunter
 2009 Palestrina - princeps musicae
Domenico Ferrabosco
 2009/IV Lullaby (Short)
Angelo della morte
 2009 Killing Is My Business, Honey
Enrico Puzzo
 2008/II Elena (Short)
 2008 Four Seasons (TV Mini-Series)
Max Freeman
- Summer (2008) ... Max Freeman
- Autumn (2008) ... Max Freeman (uncredited)
 2008 A Night at the Grand Hotel (TV Movie)
Ferran Moreno
 2008 Mein Herz in Chile (TV Movie)
Carlos Sanchez
 2008 Il sangue e la rosa (TV Series)
Umberto Mancini
- Prima puntata (2008) ... Umberto Mancini
 2008 Una storia di lupi (Short)
 2008 Bathory: Countess of Blood
King Mathias II
 2008 La rabbia
 2008 Bastardi
Rene Iuvara
 2008 Márió, a varázsló
 2007 Two Families
 2007 Mineurs
Michele Acucella
 2006 The Holy Family (TV Movie)
 2006 Amore e libertà - Masaniello
Vicerè D'Arcos
 2006 Hans
Homeless / Magistrate
 2005 Summer Solstice (TV Movie)
 2005 Forever Blues
 2004 Post coitum
Bakchus, photographer
 2003 Cattive inclinazioni
 2003 The Uncrowned Heart (TV Movie)
Bear's Trainer
 2003 Love, Lies, Passions (TV Mini-Series)
Pietro Bellini / Fashion Billionaire
- Das Komplott (2003) ... Pietro Bellini
- Die Überraschung (2003) ... Fashion Billionaire
 2002 L'ultimo pistolero (Short)
 2002 Die 8. Todsünde: Das Toskana-Karussell
Giuseppe Mantaldo
 2002 Ultimo stadio
 2002 White Smoke
Cardenal Tura
 2001 Crociati (TV Movie)
 2001 Gli angeli dell'isola verde (TV Series)
Black Horseman with Special Power
 2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
Gen. Francini
 2001 Sacra Corona
Bishop Gellért
 2001 Chimera
 2000 St. Paul (TV Movie)
 2000 Winds of Passion
Michele Giangrande
 2000 Mirka
 1999 La voce del sangue (TV Movie)
Antonio Castaldi
 1999 Uninvited
Avvocato Ralph Barolo
 1999 Brigands
Il caporale dei carabinieri Nerza
 1998 Talk of Angels
Dr. Vicente Areavaga
 1998 Il tesoro di Damasco (TV Movie)
 1997 Painted Lady (TV Movie)
Robert Tassi
 1997 Bella Mafia (TV Movie)
Mario Domino
 1997 Nessuno escluso (TV Movie)
Alfonso Martinez
 1997 Il deserto di fuoco (TV Mini-Series)
Marcel Duvivier
- Episode #1.1 (1997) ... Marcel Duvivier
 1997 La medaglia
Ing. Ferrero
 1997 Il tocco - La sfida
Jesus Barro
 1997 David (TV Movie)
 1996 The Conquest
Árpád vezér
 1996 The Return of Sandokan (TV Mini-Series)
Yogi Azim
 1996 Ha-Italkim Ba'im
 1996 The Innocent Sleep
Adolfo Cavani
 1995 Io e il re
Maggiore Ferri
 1994 The Dragon Ring (TV Movie)
Dragon King
 1994 Jonathan degli orsi
 1994 Nemici intimi (TV Movie)
Lorenzo Stradella
 1993 Der Fall Lucona
Enzo Lombardo
 1993 Das Babylon Komplott (TV Movie)
Chris Lang
 1993 Azzurro profondo (TV Movie)
Luca Morinari
 1992 Zoloto
Gabriele da Poppi
 1992 Fratelli e sorelle
 1992 Crimson Dawn
Paul Herzog
 1992 Touch and Die (TV Movie)
 1991 Julianus barát (TV Series)
Fra Domenico
- Episode #1.1 ... Fra Domenico
- Episode #1.3 ... Fra Domenico
- Episode #1.2 ... Fra Domenico
 1991 Amelia Lópes O'Neill
 1991 Young Catherine (TV Movie)
Count Vorontsov
 1990 Breath of Life
 1990 Blue Blood (TV Mini-Series)
Sandro Castellani
- Gegen die Uhr (1990) ... Sandro Castellani
 1989 Oggi ho vinto anch'io (TV Movie)
Saverio Palluca
 1989 Il Magistrato (TV Movie)
Paolo Pizzi
 1989 The Betrothed (TV Mini-Series)
Friar Cristofero
 1988 Magdalene
 1988 Pygmalion 88
 1988 Run for Your Life
 1988 Young Toscanini
Claudio Toscanini
 1988 Top Line
Ted Angelo
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Movie)
 1987 Grosso guaio a Cartagena
Francis, il marinaio
 1987 The Girl
Johan (John) Berg
 1987 Sweet Country
 1986 Un altare per la madre (TV Movie)
 1985 Un marinaio e mezzo (TV Movie)
 1985 The Repenter
 1985 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Dr. Peter Milne
- Murderous Feelings (1985) ... Dr. Peter Milne
 1985 André schafft sie alle
 1984 Die Försterbuben (TV Movie)
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1984) ... Arbaces
- Part 2 (1984) ... Arbaces
- Part 1 (1984) ... Arbaces
 1981-1983 Wagner (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Crespi
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... Crespi
 1982 Grog
Nicola Fanelli
 1982 Querelle
Lieutenant Seblon
 1982 Kamikaze 89
 1981 Le rose di Danzica (TV Mini-Series)
 1981 Banovic Strahinja
Banovic Strahinja
 1980 Il giorno del Cobra
Larry Stanziani
 1980 The Blue-Eyed Bandit
Renzo Dominici
 1979 The Shark Hunter
Mike di Donato
 1979 Mimi
 1979 The Visitor
Jesus Christ (uncredited)
 1978 The Pirate (TV Movie)
Baydr Al Fay
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone
 1977 Hitch Hike
Walter Mancini
 1977 Sahara Cross
John Ballard
 1976 21 Hours at Munich (TV Movie)
 1976 Submission
 1976 Death Rite
 1976 Victory March
Captain Asciutto
 1975 The Flower in His Mouth
Professore Michele Belcore
 1975 Cipolla Colt
Onion Stark
 1975 How to Kill a Judge
Giacomo Solaris
 1975 Smiling Maniacs
Judge Dani
 1974 Street Law
 1974 The Last 4 Days
Walter Audisio 'Valerio'
 1974 I guappi
Nicola Bellizzi
 1973 Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears
Johnny Ears
 1973 Senza ragione
 1972 Pope Joan
 1971 Don't Turn the Other Cheek
Prince Dmitri Vassilovich Orlowsky
 1971 La vacanza
 1971 The Fifth Cord
Andrea Bild
 1971 Confessions of a Police Captain
Deputy D.A. Traini
 1970 Dropout
 1970 The Fifth Day of Peace
Bruno Grauber
 1970 The Virgin and the Gypsy
The Gypsy
 1970 Tristana
 1969 The Battle of Neretva
 1968 A Quiet Place in the Country
Leonardo Ferri
 1968 Sequestro di persona
 1967 Pride and Vengeance
José / Django
 1966 Texas, Adios
Burt Sullivan
 1966 Massacre Time
Tom Corbett
 1966 Wild, Wild Planet
Jake, Lieutenant
 1966 The Third Eye
Mino Alberti (as Frank Nero)
 1966 The War of the Planets
Lt. Jake Jacowitz
 1966 Django
 1966 Hired Killer
Tony Lo Bello (as Frank Nero)
 1965 The Tramplers
Charley Garvey (as Frank Nero)
 1965 I Knew Her Well
Italo - The garage attendant
 1965 La Celestina P... R...
 1963 Un delitto (Short)
The Boy
 1962 Scorched Skin
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Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Provided the dubbing voice for Ruggero Deodato, for the English language trailer for Jungle Holocaust (1977). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Frank Black | Frank Nero


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

[interview in Toronto Globe and Mail, 11/12/1982] I would speak to Vanessa's [Vanessa Redgrave] father [Sir Michael Redgrave], or Laurence Olivier or John Gielgud, and they told me that, at a certain point, I had to make a choice. I could be a star and maybe make lots of money, or I could change roles all the time and have a more interesting--and longer--career. People will criticize you, they ... See more »


A popular (though incorrect) urban legend in Europe is that Sergio Corbucci discovered Nero for the leading role of Django (1966) while the latter was working the pumps at a gas station. Nero had, in fact, appeared in several films (though never in a leading role) before he was cast. See more »

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