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Gian Maria Volontè (1933–1994)


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 ... See full bio »

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(age 61) in Florina, Greece

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Known For

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Il Dottore - Former Head of Homicide Squad
(1970)
A Fistful of Dollars Ramón Rojo
(1964)
Lulu the Tool Lulù Massa
(1971)
For a Few Dollars More El Indio (The Indian)
(1965)

Filmography

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 1993 Tirano Banderas
Tirano Banderas (as Gian María Volonte)
 1993 Funes, un gran amor
Bergama
 1991 Una storia semplice
Carmelo Franzò
 1990 Porte aperte
Judge Vito Di Francesco
 1990 Tre colonne in cronaca
Alberto Landolfi
 1989 Pestalozzis Berg
Pestalozzi
 1988 L'oeuvre au noir
Zénon
 1987 Un ragazzo di Calabria
Felice
 1987 Cronaca di una morte annunciata
Dr. Cristo Bedoya
 1986 Il caso Moro
Aldo Moro
 1983 La mort de Mario Ricci
Bernard Fontana
 1982 The Charterhouse of Parma (TV Mini-Series)
Count Mosca
- Episode #1.6 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Count Mosca
 1980 Stark System
Stark
 1979 Ogro
Izarra
 1979 Cristo si è fermato a Eboli
Carlo Levi
 1977 I Am Afraid
Brigadiere Ludovico Graziano
 1976 Todo modo
M.
 1975 Letters from Marusia
Gregorio
 1975 Il sospetto
Emilio
 1973 Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno (as Gianmaria Volonte)
 1973 Lucky Luciano
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano
 1972 Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina
Giancarlo Bizanti
 1972 The Assassination
Sadiel - un leader progresste maghrebin
 1972 The Mattei Affair
Enrico Mattei
 1971 Lulu the Tool
Lulù Massa
 1971 Sacco & Vanzetti
Bartolomeo Vanzetti
 1970 Le Cercle Rouge
Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)
 1970 Many Wars Ago
tenente Ottolenghi
 1970 Le vent d'est
Le ranger nordiste
 1970 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Il Dottore - Former Head of Homicide Squad
 1969 The Bandit
Gramigna
 1968 Summit
 1968 Banditi a Milano
Pietro 'Piero' Cavallero
 1968 I sette fratelli Cervi
Aldo Cervi
 1967 Faccia a faccia
Professor Brad Fletcher (as Gian Maria Volonté)
 1967 Caravaggio (TV Mini-Series)
Caravaggio
- 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 Het gangstermeisje
Jascha
 1966 The Witch
Fabrizio
 1966 L'armata Brancaleone
Teofilatto dei Leonzi
 1966 Wake Up and Die
Inspector Moroni
 1966 Le stagioni del nostro amore
Leonardo Varzi
 1965 For a Few Dollars More
El Indio (The Indian)
 1965 La strada più lunga (TV Movie)
 1965 Le inchieste del commissario Maigret (TV Series)
Radek
- Una vita in gioco (1965) ... Radek
 1964 Vita di Michelangelo (TV Series)
Michelangelo
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Michelangelo
- Episode #1.2 (1964) ... Michelangelo
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... Michelangelo
 1964 The Magnificent Cuckold
The Councillor
 1964 A Fistful of Dollars
Ramón Rojo (as John Wells Italian version, Johnny Wels English version)
 1963 Il terrorista
Braschi, l'ingeniere
 1963 Il taglio del bosco (TV Movie)
Guglielmo
 1963 Noche de verano
Alberto Suárez
 1962 La marcia su Roma
Capitano Paolinelli (voice, uncredited)
 1962 The Four Days of Naples
Stimolo (uncredited)
 1962 Ifigenia in Aulide (TV Movie)
Secondo nunzio
 1962 Un uomo da bruciare
Salvatore
 1961 A cavallo della tigre
Papaleo
 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 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)
 1959 Saul (TV Movie)
 1957 Fedra (TV Movie)
Ippolito
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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Official Sites:

Official Site [Italy]

Alternate Names:

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

Height:

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. See more »

Trivia:

Best known for his resemblance with the British actor Laurence Olivier. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Aries

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