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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.

Filmography:

The Wizard Hunter: The Hunt for Evangelion Crowley (2013)
The Woods (2012)
Canepazzo (2012)
New Order (2012)
Dante’s Inferno Animated (2011)
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” TV Series
Cars 2 (2011)
Rasputin (2010)
Prigioniero di un segreto (2010)
Letters to Juliet (2010)
Angelus Hiroshimae (2010) TV Series
Lullaby (2009/IV)
Killing Is My Business, Honey (2009)
“Four Seasons” TV Series
Ti stramo: Ho voglia di un’ultima notte da manuale prima di tre baci sopra il cielo (2008)
A Night at the Grand Hotel (2008)
Mein Herz in Chile (2008) (TV)
“Il sangue e la rosa” (2008) TV Series
Una storia di lupi (2008)
Albakiara (2008)
Mord ist mein Geschäft, Liebling (2008)
Bathory (2008)
La Rabbia (2008)
Bastardi (2008)
Márió, a varázsló (2008)
Mineurs (2007)
“Fürst und das Mädchen, Der” (2007)
Two Families (2007)
The Holy Family (2006)
Amore e libertà – Masaniello (2006)
Hans (2006)
Summer Solstice (2005)
Forever Blues (2005)
Guardiani delle nuvole (2004)
Post coitum (2004)
Cattive inclinazioni (2003)
The Uncrowned Heart (2003) TV
Guardiani delle nuvole (2002)
The Last Pistolero (2002)
Die 8. Todsünde: Das Toskana-Karussell (2002)
White Smoke (2002)
Ultimo stadio (2002)
“Love, Lies, Passions” (2002) TV Mini Series
“Angeli dell’isola verde, Gli” (2001) TV Series
“Crusaders” (2001) TV Mini Series
The Three-Legged Fox (2001)
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)
The Sleeping Wife (2001)
Sacra Corona (2001)
Chimera (2001)
The Bible: Paul of Tarsos (2000) TV
Winds of Passion (2000)
Mirka (2000)
The Call of Blood (1999)
White Lies (1999)
Uninvited (1999)
Brigands (1999)
Talk of Angels (1998)
“Tesoro di Damasco, Il” (1998) TV Mini Series
The Versace Murder (1998)
The Medal (1997)
“Painted Lady” (1997) TV Mini Series
Bella Mafia (1997)
“Nessuno escluso” (1997) TV Mini Series
“Deserto di fuoco” (1997) TV Mini Series
David (1997) TV
“The Return of Sandokan” (1996) TV Mini Series
Rack Up (1996)
The Conquest (1996)
The Italians Are Coming (1996)
The Innocent Sleep (1996)
Io e il re (1995)
“The Dragon Ring” (1994) TV Mini Series
Nemici intimi (1994) TV
Das Babylon Komplott (1993) TV
The Lucona Affair (1993)
Jonathan of the Bears (1993)
Prova di memoria (1992)
Gold (1992)
From Time to Time (1992)
Brothers and Sisters (1991)
Julianus barát II (1991) TV
Julianus barát III (1991) TV
Touch and Die (1991)
Julianus barát (1991) TV
Young Catherine (1991) TV
Amelia López O’Neil (1990)
Breath of Life (1990)
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Silent Night (1989)
The Magistrate (1989) TV
Oggi ho vinto anch’io (1989)
“Blue Blood” (1988) TV Series
“The Betrothed” (1988) TV Mini Series
Pygmalion 88 (1988)
Run for Your Life (1988)
Top Line (1988)
Young Toscanini (1988)
Sidney Sheldon’s Windmills of the Gods (1988) (TV)
Django Strikes Again (1987)
“Garibaldi il generale” (1987) TV Mini Series
Un Altare per la patria (1986) (TV)
The Girl (1986)
Sweet Country (1986)
Race to Danger (1986)
Un Marinaio e mezzo (1985) (TV)
Il Pentito (1985)
Andre Handles Them All (1985)
The Forester’s Sons (1984) (TV)
“The Last Days of Pompeii” (1984) TV Mini Series
“Wagner” (1983) TV Mimi Series
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)
“Rose di Danzica, Le” (1979) TV Mini Series
The Visitor (1979)
The Pirate (1978)
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
Sahara Cross (1977)
Hitch Hike (1977)
Keoma (1976)
21 Hours at Munich (1976) (TV)
Scandal (1976)
Death Rite (1976)
Victory March (1976)
Spaghetti Western (1975)
The Schoolmistress and the Devil (1975)
The Legend of Valentino (1975) (TV)
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)
The Assassination of Matteotti (1973)
The Monk (1973)
Redneck (1973)
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1972)
The Devil’s Imposter (1972)
Vacation (1972)
Devil’s Crude (1971)
Killer from Yuma (1971)
Long Live Your Death (1971)
Istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi (Tante sbarre)
The Fifth Cord (1971)
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
Drop-out (1970)
Compañeros (1970)
The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)
Tristana (1970)
Battle of the River Neretva (1969)
The Fifth Day of Peace (1969)
Ring of Death (1969)
A Quiet Place in the Country (1969)
The Mercenary (1968)
Unlawful Restraint (1968)
Pride and Vengeance (1968)
The Day of the Owl (1968)
Camelot (1967)
Gamma I Quadrilogy Vol. 4 (1967)
Professional Killer (1966)
Texas, addio (1966)
The Bible… In the Beginning (1966)
Massacre Time (1966)
The Tramplers (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)
Maskenball bei Scotland Yard – Die Geschichte einer unglaublichen Erfindung (1963)

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