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Maurizio Merli (I) (1940–1989)

Though it can be said that he only gained fame as an actor because he bore such a heavy resemblance to Italian actor Franco Nero, Maurizio Merli was a very versatile and charismatic leading man in Italian cinema throughout the 1970's. His first appearance was in the Luchino Visconti film The Leopard (1963) as an uncredited extra. Throughout the 60... See full bio »


(age 49) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Roma a mano armata Inspector Leonardo Tanzi
Violent City Commissario Betti
Violent Naples Commissario Betti


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 1989 Casa Caruzzelli (TV Series)
 1987 Tango blu
Walter Mantegazza
 1986 Atelier (TV Mini-Series)
Gianni Valle
- Vanità (1986) ... Gianni Valle
 1986 Crazy Boat (TV Series)
 1983 Notturno
Peter Wayne
 1981 Priest of Love
Angelo Ravagli
 1981 Buitres sobre la ciudad
Mark Spencieri
 1980 Poliziotto solitudine e rabbia
Nick Rossi
 1979 Sbirro, la tua legge è lenta... la mia... no!
Commissario Paolo Ferro
 1979 Da Corleone a Brooklyn
Lt. Giorgio Berni
 1978 Il commissario di ferro
Commissario Mauro Mariani
 1978 Un poliziotto scomodo
 1978 Covert Action
John Florio
 1978 Settimo anno (TV Mini-Series)
 1978 Magnum Cop
Walter 'Wally' Spada
 1978 I gabbiani volano basso
Albert Morgan
 1977 Poliziotto sprint
Marco Palma
 1977 A Man Called Blade
 1977 Il cinico, l'infame, il violento
Leonardo Tanzi
 1976 Hot Stuff
 1976 Italia a mano armata
 1976 Violent Naples
Commissario Betti
 1976 Roma a mano armata
Inspector Leonardo Tanzi
 1975 Violent City
Commissario Betti
 1974 Il consigliere imperiale (TV Mini-Series)
Paride Zaiotti
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Paride Zaiotti
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Paride Zaiotti
 1974 Il giovane Garibaldi (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Garibaldi
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Garibaldi
 1974 Zanna Bianca alla riscossa
Burt Halloway
 1974 Philadelphia Story (TV Movie)
 1974 Canossa (TV Mini-Series)
Secondo alto ufficiale
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Secondo alto ufficiale
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Secondo alto ufficiale
 1974 Catene
Alfio Capuano
 1972 All'ultimo minuto (TV Series)
- Dramma in alto mare (1972) ... Carlo
 1972 Il caso Pinedus (TV Movie)
The Journalist
 1972 Decameron proibitissimo (Boccaccio mio statte zitto)
Cecco - friend of Rinaldo
 1969 Eros e Thanatos
Giornalista Barni
 1967 2 RRRingos no Texas
Union Soldier (uncredited)
 1964 I grandi camaleonti (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1964) ... Charles
- Episode #1.4 (1964) ... Charles
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Charles
 1963 The Leopard (uncredited)
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5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

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Like many Italian actors at the time, he was dubbed in his earlier films (most often by Pino Locchi) because his real voice was considered "too ordinary" for the larger than life heroes he played. However, from 1977 on he acted with his own voice. See more »

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