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Franco Nero 
Written by: on September 23rd, 2004

“I would speak to Vanessa’s 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 said, but if you keep changing, you’ll win in the end.” – Franco Nero

Francesco Sparanero aka Franco Nero was born November 23rd, 1941 in San Prospero, Parma, Italy. Nero is the son of a police sergeant and he would study economics and trade in Milan University. Around this time Nero appeared in popular Italian photo-novels which lead to him getting some minor roles in films. Nero also worked at this time as a set photographer when he was discovered by John Huston who would cast him as Abel in The Bible.

“I was working as a set photographer on De Laurentiis “The Bible” in 1966. Director John Huston had seen a photo of me and said, ‘That’s the face I want.'” – Franco Nero

Spaghetti westerns by the mid-1960 had become an international phenomena and Nero would be cast in 1966 in an Italian western Django as the title character. The character Django and the western genre is what Nero is most remember for, still as an actor he liked to challenge himself by working in all genre’s. In 1967 Nero would star in the Hollywood production Camelot where he would meet actress Vanessa Redgrave his long time partner.

“You can clean up the mess, but don’t touch my coffin.” – Django

In the late 1960’s and 1970’s Nero would star in several Classic Spaghetti Western’s, Giallo’s and Italian crime thrillers like The Mercenary, Compañeros, The Fifth Cord, High Crime, How to Kill a Judge, Street Law, Keoma and Hitch Hike. By the early 1980’s Nero would still find him in high demand as he would continue to work in Italy and around the world. Menahem Golan’s film from 1981 Enter the Ninja in which Nero would play the role of white ninja would be one of his best roles of the 1980’s.

“So who are you going to kill next, Mr. Ninja?” – Dollars
“My friend, a ninja doesn’t kill. He eliminates and only for defensive purposes.” – Cole

In 1992 Nero has starred in the Hollywood blockbuster Die Hard 2 and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Francesco Sparanero has come along way since growing up in a provincial northern Italian town. He has played just about every character imaginable over the last forty years, still even through a name change and international fame he has always remained the consummate professional.


Keoma Unchained (TBA)
Prairie Bones (TBA)
The Last Hit Man (TBA)
Road to Capri (2015)
Django Lives! (2015)
Il Ragazzo Della Giudecca (2015)
Silent Life (2015)
Inferno by Dante (2015)
Figli di Maam (2014)
Dante’s Hell Animated (Short) (2014)
Love Island (2014)
Nymph (2014)
Obsessive Rhythms (2013)
Handy (2013)
The Last Alchemist (Short) (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
The Woods (2012)
A Memória que me Contam (2012)
Canepazzo (2012)
New Order (2012)
Cars 2 (2011)
Father (2011)
Rasputin (2010)
Prigioniero di un segreto (2010)
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Angelus Hiroshimae (2010)
Palestrina – princeps musicae (2009)
IV Lullaby (Short) (2009)
Killing Is My Business, Honey (2009)
Elena (Short) (2008)
Ti stramo: Ho voglia di un’ultima notte da manuale prima di tre baci sopra il cielo
Il barbone (2008)
Una storia di lupi (Short) (2008)
Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008)
La rabbia (2008)
Bastardi (2008)
Márió, a varázsló (2008)
Mineurs (2007)
Two Families (2007)
Amore e libertà – Masaniello (2006)
Hans (2006)
Forever Blues (2005)
Guardiani delle nuvole (2004)
Post coitum (2004)
Cattive inclinazioni (2003)
L’ultimo pistolero (Short) (2002)
Die 8. Todsünde: Das Toskana-Karussell (2002)
Ultimo stadio (2002)
White Smoke (2002)
Black Horseman with Special Power
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)
The Sleeping Wife (2001)
Sacra Corona (2001)
Bishop Gellért (2001)
Chimera (2001)
Winds of Passion (2000)
Mirka (2000)
The Call of Blood (1999)
White Lies (1999)
Uninvited (1999)
Brigands (1999)
Talk of Angels (1998)
The Versace Murder (1998)
The Medal (1997)
Bella Mafia (1997)
Rack Up (1996)
The Conquest (1996)
The Italians Are Coming (1996)
The Innocent Sleep (1996)
Io e il re (1995)
The Lucona Affair (1993)
Jonathan of the Bears (1993)
Prova di memoria (1992)
Gold (1992)
From Time to Time (1992)
Brothers and Sisters (1991)
Touch and Die (1991)
Amelia López O’Neil (1990)
Breath of Life (1990)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Silent Night (1989)
Oggi ho vinto anch’io (1989)
Pygmalion 88 (1988)
Run for Your Life (1988)
Top Line (1988)
Young Toscanini (1988)
Django Strikes Again (1987)
The Girl (1986)
Sweet Country (1986)
Race to Danger (1986)
Il Pentito (1985)
Andre Handles Them All (1985)
Red Bells 2 (1982)
Red Bells (1982)
Grog (1982)
Querelle (1982)
Kamikaze 1989
The Blue-Eyed Bandit (1982)
The Falcon (1981)
The Salamander (1981)
Enter the Ninja (1981)
The Man with Bogart’s Face (1980)
Day of the Cobra (1980)
The Shark Hunter (1979)
Mimi (1979)
The Visitor (1979)
The Pirate (1978)
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
Sahara Cross (1977)
Hitch Hike (1977)
Keoma (1976)
Scandal (1976)
Death Rite (1976)
Victory March (1976)
Spaghetti Western (1975)
The Schoolmistress and the Devil (1975)
Street Law (1974)
Corruption in the Halls of Justice
The Last Days of Mussolini (1974)
How to Kill a Judge (1974)

Challenge to White Fang (1974)
Blood Brothers (1973)
High Crime (1973)
White Fang (1973)
Il delitto Matteotti (1973)
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973)
Senza ragione (1973)
Le moine (1972)
Pope Joan (1972)
Don’t Turn the Other Cheek (1971)
L’istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi (1971)
La vacanza (1971)
The Fifth Cord (1971)
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
Compañeros (1970)
Dropout (1970)
The Fifth Day of Peace (1970)
The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)
Tristana (1970)
The Battle of Neretva (1969)
Ring of Death (1969)
A Quiet Place in the Country (1969)
The Mercenary (1968)
Sequestro di persona (1968)
The Day of the Owl (1968)
Pride and Vengeance (1967)
Camelot (1967)
The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966)
Goodbye Texas (1966)
Massacre Time (1966)
The Tramplers (1966)
Hired Killer (1966)
Third Eye (1966)
War of the Planets (1966)
Django (1966)
Wild, Wild Planet (1965)
I Knew Her Well (1965)
Celestina P… R…, La (1965)
Engagement Italiano (1964)
Un delitto (Short) (1963)
Scorched Skin (1962)

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