John Kitzmiller Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Died in Rome, Lazio, Italy  (cirrhosis of the liver)
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Kitzmiller was born on December 4, 1913 in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Dr. No (1962), Dolina miru (1956) and Variety Lights (1950). He was married to Dusia Bejic. He died on February 23, 1965 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Spouse (1)

Dusia Bejic (December 1964 - 23 February 1965) ( his death)

Trade Mark (2)

Often starred in war dramas, usually playing American soldiers on foreign soil
Amiable, contagious laugh

Trivia (6)

This first black person to win a best acting award at the Cannes Film Festival.
An American soldier, he took part in the liberation of Italy during World War II. He fell in love with the country, stayed there, and made much of his acting career there, playing Italian cinema's stock coloured man.
Awarded the Victory Medal World War II.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Held a degree in engineering.
An engineer with no acting experience, he was stationed in Italy when director Luigi Zampa chose him for To Live in Peace (1947), for which he needed an African-American actor who could also play the trumpet. Encouraged by the success of the movie, Kitzmiller kept pursuing an acting career with several noted European directors. He won the Best Actor prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival for Dolina miru (1956), but his career rapidly began to decline shortly after. Depressed, he sunk into alcoholism, which led to his premature death at age 51.

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