Actors in Italian exploitation movies

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1. Frank Wolff

Actor | Il grande silenzio

Frank Wolff started his career by acting in several Roger Corman films. However, Wolff had to travel to Europe to be successful. He was finally able to become a well known actor in Italy and Europe with his performance in Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and had roles in many European film productions. ...

2. Tomas Milian

Actor | Traffic

Tomas Milian, an American actor born in Cuba; was trained at the Actors Studio. He appeared in a few plays on Broadway, as well as in a show by Jean Cocteau in Spoleto. Mauro Bolognini noticed him and that was the starting point of a rich cinematographic career in Italy, where he played in all ...

3. Maurizio Merli

Actor | Roma a mano armata

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...

4. John Steiner

Actor | Caligola

This tall, blond, thin British character actor portrayed some of the most memorable villains of Italian cinema during the 1970s and 1980s. Born in Cheshire county England in 1941, Steiner got his start in films after school with small parts in British productions. Among them was 'The Persecution ...

5. Luc Merenda

Actor | OSS 117 prend des vacances

Though remembered as an Italian pulp cinema icon of the 1970s, Luc Merenda was actually born and raised in Nogent-le-Roi, Paris, France, with Italian ancestry through his paternal grandfather. A thrill-seeking, multi-disciplinary athlete in his youth (his hobbies include savate, motorcycle racing, ...

6. George Hilton

Actor | Fuori uno... sotto un altro, arriva il Passatore

George Hilton was born on July 16, 1934 in Montevideo, Uruguay as Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara. He was an actor, known for Holy God, Here Comes the Passatore! (1973), Any Gun Can Play (1967) and Sartana's Here... Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin (1970). He died on July 28, 2019 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

7. Ivan Rassimov

Actor | L'umanoide

Ivan Rassimov and his younger sister, Rada, decided to pursue a career in acting. Ivan studied acting at the University at Trieste. After attending military service in Italy, he then settled in Rome to pursue his acting career. A series of small roles began his career, one of them being from the ...

8. Bruno Corazzari

Actor | Sette note in nero

Bruno Corazzari was born on December 30, 1940 in Castellarano, Italy. He is an actor, known for The Psychic (1977), Fortunata and Jacinta (1970) and How Wonderful to Die Assassinated (1975).

9. Jean Sorel

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Jean Sorel was born on September 25, 1934 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France as Jean de Combault-Roquebrune. He is an actor, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Belle de Jour (1967) and One on Top of the Other (1969). He was previously married to Anna Maria Ferrero.

10. John Saxon

Actor | A Nightmare on Elm Street

John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited small roles in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor's A Star Is Born (1954). ...

11. Joseph Cotten

Actor | The Third Man

Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Jr. was born in Petersburg, Virginia, into a well-to-do Southern family. He was the eldest of three sons born to Sally Whitworth (Willson) and Joseph Cheshire Cotten, Sr., an assistant postmaster.

Jo (as he was known) and his brothers Whit and Sam spent their summers at their...

12. Henry Silva

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Henry Silva was born on September 15, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York City. He quit public school to attend drama classes at age 13, supporting himself as a dishwasher in a Manhattan hotel. By 1955, Silva had moved up from dishwasher to waiter, and felt ready to audition for the Actors Studio. He was ...

13. Antonio Sabato

Actor | Grand Prix

Antonio Sabato was born on April 2, 1943 in Montelepre, Palermo, Italy as Antonio Sabato Sr. He is known for his work on Grand Prix (1966), Escape from the Bronx (1983) and Calling All Police Cars (1975). He is married to Yvonne Sabato. They have one child.

14. Philippe Leroy

Actor | Il portiere di notte

Philippe Leroy was born on October 15, 1930 in Paris, France as Philippe Marie Paul Leroy-Beaulieu. He is an actor, known for The Night Porter (1974), La Femme Nikita (1990) and Le Trou (1960). He has been married to Silvia Tortora since September 1, 1990. They have two children.

15. Ray Lovelock

Actor | Fiddler on the Roof

Handsome, charming, and versatile actor Ray Lovelock was born on June 19, 1950 in Rome, Italy to an Italian mother and English father. Lovelock's father was an allied British soldier who in 1944 liberated Italy from a fascist regime. Ray's father met and eventually married his mother while ...

16. Gordon Mitchell

Actor | Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi

Gordon Mitchell was one of those perfectly developed bodybuilders who jumped on the Steve Reeves bandwagon and hightailed it to Italy to seek movie stardom as a Herculean strongman. Born in Denver, Colorado, but raised in Inglewood, California, Mitchell served in WWII and at one point became a ...

17. Adolfo Celi

Actor | Thunderball

Sicilian born actor/writer/director was very popular with European audiences, but largely unknown to the west apart from his portrayal of the villainous SPECTRE agent "Emilio Largo" in the spectacular James Bond film Thunderball (1965). However, due to his heavy accent, Celi's voice was dubbed by ...

18. Franco Nero

Actor | Django Unchained

Blue-eyed and well-built Italian actor in international cinema, Franco Nero, was a painting photographer when he was discovered as an actor by director John Huston. He has since appeared in more than 200 movies around the world, working with Europe's top directors, such as Luis Buñuel, Rainer ...

19. Klaus Kinski

Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...

20. Enrico Maria Salerno

Writer | Anonimo veneziano

Enrico Maria Salerno was born on September 18, 1926 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He is known for his work on The Anonymous Venetian (1970), Seasons of Our Love (1966) and It Happened in '43 (1960). He died on February 28, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

21. Mario Adorf

Actor | Der große Bellheim

Mario Adorf, a tell-tale name indeed. Mario calls to mind the actor's Italian roots (his father was a Calabrian surgeon) whereas Adorf reveals his German origins (his mother was a radiologist from the German region Eifel). As for the full name Mario Adorf it echoes to perfection the international ...

22. Giuliano Gemma

Actor | I giorni dell'ira

Giuliano Gemma was born in Rome on 2 September 1938, grew up in Reggio Emilia but returned to Rome with his parents in 1944. While he was playing on the grass he found a WW II bomb that exploded and today the signs of injury are still visible on his face. He played many sports in his life including...

23. Joe Dallesandro

Actor | The Limey

Joe Dallesandro's still hangin' . . . after battles with drug addiction and alcohol, brushes with the law, three broken marriages and numerous love affairs, plus the suicide of his only sibling Bob. One of the most beautifully photographed wild guys to come out of the Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey...

24. Terence Hill

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived near Dresden, Saxony, Germany where they survived the Allied bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he...

25. Bud Spencer

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and 1970s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, 1929, in Naples. The first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a ...

26. Lee Van Cleef

Actor | Escape from New York

One of the great movie villains, Clarence Leroy Van Cleef, Jr. was born in Somerville, New Jersey, to Marion Lavinia (Van Fleet) and Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef, Sr. His parents were both of Dutch ancestry. Van Cleef started out as an accountant. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard minesweepers and sub ...

27. Jean-Louis Trintignant

Actor | Amour

Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with ...

28. Pier Paolo Capponi

Actor | I ragazzi del massacro

Pier Paolo Capponi was born on June 9, 1938 in Subiaco, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Naked Violence (1969), Uomini della scienza (1977) and I padri della patria (1991). He was married to Isabella Peretti. He died on February 15, 2018 in Torri in Sabina, Rieti, Italy.

29. Jack Palance

Actor | City Slickers

Jack Palance often exemplified evil incarnate on film -- portraying some of the most intensely despised villains witnessed in 1950s westerns and melodrama, enhanced by his tall, powerful build, icy voice, and piercing eyes. He received two Best Supporting Actor nominations early in his career, but ...

30. Al Cliver

Actor | Endgame - Bronx lotta finale

Al Cliver was born on July 16, 1951 in Alexandria, Egypt as Pierluigi Conti. He is an actor, known for Endgame (1983), A Lustful Mind (1986) and 2020 Texas Gladiators (1983). He is married to Brenda Griffin.

31. Gianni Garko

Actor | Shark: Rosso nell'oceano

Gianni Garko was born on July 15, 1935 in Zara, Dalmatia, Italy as Giovanni Garcovich. He is an actor, known for Devil Fish (1984), If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death (1968) and Crazy Desire (1962).

32. Gastone Moschin

Actor | The Godfather: Part II

Gastone Moschin was born on June 8, 1929 in San Giovanni Lupatoto, Veneto, Italy. He is known for his work on The Godfather: Part II (1974), The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966) and The Conformist (1970). He was married to Marzia Ubaldi. He died on September 4, 2017 in Terni, Umbria, Italy.

33. Luigi Pistilli

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Luisi Pistilli's most notable stage successes were roles in "The Threepenny Opera", "St. Joan of the Stockyards" and a 1972 production, "Lulu". In 1991 he reprised his role in "Lulu" in the first professional collaboration with actress-singer Milva, his partner in previous plays as well as in a ...

34. Mario Merola

Actor | I contrabbandieri di Santa Lucia

Mario Merola was born on April 6, 1934 in Naples, Campania, Italy. He was an actor, known for I contrabbandieri di Santa Lucia (1979), Carcerato (1981) and Torna (1984). He was married to Rosa Serrapaglia. He died on November 12, 2006 in Castellammare di Stabia, Campania.

35. Anthony Steffen

Actor | Django il bastardo

Born in Rome, on 21st July of 1930, at the Brazilian embassy, son of Formula 1 champion and then ambassador Manoel de Teffe; he was named Antonio Luiz and became the Baron de Teffe. The de Teffe family had a noble origin but during Second World War, teenage Antonio left home to join the partisans ...

36. George Eastman

Actor | I nuovi barbari

Born Luigi Montefiori in 1942 near Genoa, Italy, the future actor provided artwork for various advertising agencies in Genoa before moving to Rome in 1966. Though he intended to further his art career, he became involved with a crowd of film people who urged him to put his good looks to advantage ...

37. Gian Maria Volontè

Actor | Per un pugno di dollari

Born in Milan in 1933, Gian Maria Volontè studied in Rome at the National Dramatic Arts Academy, where he obtained his degree in 1957. He began working in theatre and television, where he was soon noticed as one of the most promising actors of his generation. After several supporting appearances in ...



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