Franco Nero




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Franco Nero is an Italian actor, born Francesco Sparanero on November 23, 1941 in Parma, Italy. His father was an officer in the carabinieri, and Franco attended the local university before leaving to study at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. After being discovered by director John Huston in 1965, he played his first lead role in the spaghetti western Django in 1966, which became one of his best-known films. That same year he appeared in eight more films, and in 1967 he played Lancelot in Camelot, where he met Vanessa Redgrave, with whom he would have a long-term relationship and eventually marry. He was limited initially by a lack of proficiency in English, although he appeared in films such as Enter the Ninja (1981) and Die Hard 2 (1990). Nero has an impressive filmography spanning 1965 to the present and he has portrayed characters of some 25 different nationalities in over 150 roles. In 2010 he appeared in Letters to Juliet with Vanessa Redgrave. He has one son and two stepdaughters.