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Short Info

SpouseVanessa Redgrave
FactIn December 1987, a 26-year-old Colombian woman named Mauricia Mena filed a paternity suit against Nero claiming the actor was the father of her three-week old son. Nero admitted being friends with Mena, a cook with the family where he was staying in Cartagena while filming Django 2 - Il grande ritorno (1987), but denied they had a sexual relationship.

Franco Nero (born 23 November 1941) is an Italian actor. He is best known for his roles as the title character in Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Western film Django (1966), as Sir Lancelot in the 1967 film Camelot, and as the titular character in Enzo G. Castellari’s 1980 film The Inglorious Bastards.

Nero has appeared in over 200 films in his career. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and has won a Nastro d’Argento and a Golden Globe.

Early Life

Nero was born in San Prospero Parmense, the son of Luca Nero, a farmer, and Maria Masi, a housewife. He attended the “Giovanni XXIII” high school in Parmesan city center. His first job was as a laborer on his family’s farm. When he was 18, he moved to Parma to work as an assistant photographer.


Nero’s first film role was a small part in Pietro Germi’s 1961 film Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana). In 1966, Nero played the title character in Sergio Corbucci’s Spaghetti Western film Django, a role that made him a star. He also appeared in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, 1963), as well as Roger Corman’s The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) and Francesco Rosi’s The Mattei Affair (1972).

In 1967, Nero appeared as Sir Lancelot in the film Camelot, and as the titular character in Enzo G. Castellari’s 1980 film The Inglorious Bastards. He has also appeared in many other films, such as John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981), Lina Wertmüller’s Swept Away (1974), and Ridley Scott’s Legend (1985).

Nero has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, and has won a Nastro d’Argento and a Golden Globe. His net worth is estimated to be $20 million.


Nero married Vanessa Redgrave in 2006. They have one son, Carlo Nero, who was born in December 2006. Nero also has two sons from previous relationships: Claudio Nero (born 1973) and Francesco Nero (born 1981).

General Info

Full NameFranco Nero
Height1.8 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Voice Actor


SpouseVanessa Redgrave
ChildrenCarlo Gabriel Nero, Franquito Sparanero


AwardsDavid di Donatello for Best Actor
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
MoviesDjango, Django Unchained, Keoma, Camelot, Letters to Juliet, Die Hard 2, Massacre Time, The Mercenary, Compañeros, Enter the Ninja, Texas, Adios, Querelle, Django Strikes Again, Force 10 from Navarone, Hitch-Hike, Cars 2, The Bible: In the Beginning..., Cry, Onion!, Tristana, High Crime, Long Live ...
TV ShowsDer Fürst und das Mädchen, The Betrothed

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1I am the busiest actor. Why? Because an actor either decides he wants to be a star and play the same role over and over, or be an actor and change all the time.
2[on his two-month stint at acting school] They wanted to *teach* me to act. But to act is natural. It is ten percent acting and ninety percent being smart.
3[to L.A. Times columnist Roderick Mann] If you're a big Hollywood star, you make one movie a year at the most. I can make five in Europe.
4on 11/27/1978] I was working as a set photographer on [Dino De Laurentiis'] The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966). Director John Huston had seen a photo of me and said, "That's the face I want".
5[interview in Toronto Globe and Mail, 11/12/1982] I would speak to Vanessa's [Vanessa Redgrave] 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.


1In December 1987, a 26-year-old Colombian woman named Mauricia Mena filed a paternity suit against Nero claiming the actor was the father of her three-week old son. Nero admitted being friends with Mena, a cook with the family where he was staying in Cartagena while filming Django 2 - Il grande ritorno (1987), but denied they had a sexual relationship.
2A popular (though incorrect) urban legend in Europe is that Sergio Corbucci discovered Nero for the leading role of Django (1966) while the latter was working the pumps at a gas station. Nero had, in fact, appeared in several films (though never in a leading role) before he was cast.
3His appearance with wife-to-be Vanessa Redgrave in Uninvited (1999), marked the only time the couple were directed by their only son Carlo Gabriel Nero.
4Son-in-law of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson.
5Brother-in-law of Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave.
6Stepfather of Joely Richardson and the late Natasha Richardson.
7Gave away Natasha Richardson at her wedding to Liam Neeson.
8His luggage always includes a suitcase full with medicines.
9Father, with Vanessa Redgrave, of Carlo Gabriel Nero.




Hans2006Homeless / Magistrate
Summer Solstice2005TV MovieLorenzo
Forever Blues2005Luca
Guardiani delle nuvole2004Padre
L'unica testimone2004Short
Post coitum2004Bakchus, photographer
Cattive inclinazioni2003Vagrant
Herz ohne Krone2003TV MovieBear's Trainer
Liebe, Lügen, Leidenschaften2003TV Mini-SeriesPietro Bellini / Fashion Billionaire
L'ultimo pistolero2002ShortPistolero
Die 8. Todsünde: Das Toskana-Karussell2002Giuseppe Mantaldo
Fumata blanca2002Cardenal Tura
Ultimo stadio2002Antonio
Crociati2001TV MovieIbnazul
Megiddo: The Omega Code 22001Gen. Francini
The Sleeping Wife2001
Sacra Corona2001Bishop Gellért
St. Paul2000TV MovieGamaliel
Maestrale2000Michele Giangrande
La voce del sangue1999TV MovieAntonio Castaldi
Uninvited1999Ralph Barolo
Li chiamarono... briganti!1999Il caporale dei carabinieri Nerza
Talk of Angels1998Dr. Vicente Areavaga
Il tesoro di Damasco1998TV MovieAndrea
The Versace Murder1998Gianni Versace
Painted Lady1997TV MovieRobert Tassi
Bella Mafia1997TV MovieMario Domino
Nessuno escluso1997TV MovieAlfonso Martinez
Il deserto di fuoco1997TV Mini-SeriesMarcel Duvivier
La medaglia1997Ing. Ferrero
Il tocco - La sfida1997Jesus Barro
David1997TV MovieNathan
The Conquest1996Árpád vezér
The Return of Sandokan1996TV Mini-SeriesYogi Azim
Ha-Italkim Ba'im1996Luigi
The Innocent Sleep1996Adolfo Cavani
Io e il re1995Maggiore Ferri
Desideria e l'anello del drago1995TV MovieDragon King
Nemici intimi1994TV MovieLorenzo Stradella
Jonathan degli orsi1994Jonathan
Das Babylon Komplott1993TV MovieChris Lang
Der Fall Lucona1993Enzo Lombardo
Azzurro profondo1993TV MovieLuca Morinari
Zoloto1992Gabriele da Poppi
Fratelli e sorelle1992Franco
Prova di memoria1992Paul Herzog
From Time to Time1992ShortLeonardo da Vinci
Touch and Die1992TV MovieAquani
Julianus barát1991TV SeriesFra Domenico
Amelia Lópes O'Neill1991Fernando
Young Catherine1991TV MovieCount Vorontsov
Breath of Life1990Angelo
Die Hard 21990Esperanza
Blaues Blut1990TV Mini-SeriesSandro Castellani
Oggi ho vinto anch'io1989TV MovieSaverio Palluca
Il Magistrato1989TV MoviePaolo Pizzi
I promessi sposi1989TV Mini-SeriesFriar Cristofero
Pigmalione 881988Lorenzo
Run for Your Life1988Commissare
Il giovane Toscanini1988Claudio Toscanini
Top Line1988Ted Angelo
Windmills of the Gods1988TV Mini-SeriesIonescu
Grosso guaio a Cartagena1987Francis, il marinaio
Django 2 - Il grande ritorno1987Django
The Girl1987Johan (John) Berg
Il generale1987TV Mini-SeriesGiuseppe Garibaldi
Sweet Country1987Paul
Un altare per la madre1986TV Movie
Il pentito1985Falco
Un marinaio e mezzo1985TV MovieNick
The Hitchhiker1985TV SeriesDr. Peter Milne
André schafft sie alle1985André
Die Försterbuben1984TV MovieBoehme
The Last Days of Pompeii1984TV Mini-SeriesArbaces
Wagner1981-1983TV SeriesCrespi
Krasnye kolokola, film vtoroy - Ya videl rozhdenie novogo mira1983John Reed
Grog1982Nicola Fanelli
Querelle1982Lieutenant Seblon
Kamikaze 891982Weiss
Mexico in Flames1982John Reed
Enter the Ninja1981Cole
Banovic Strahinja1981Banovic Strahinja
Le rose di Danzica1981TV Mini-SeriesIl generale Konrad Von Den Berg (1981)
The Salamander1981Carabinieri Colonel Dante Matucci
Il giorno del Cobra1980Larry Stanziani
The Blue-Eyed Bandit1980Renzo Dominici
The Man with Bogart's Face1980Hakim
Il cacciatore di squali1979Mike di Donato
Un dramma borghese1979Guido
The Visitor1979Jesus Christ (uncredited)
The Pirate1978TV MovieBaydr Al Fay
Force 10 from Navarone1978Lescovar
Hitch-Hike1977Walter Mancini
Sahara Cross1977John Ballard
Keoma1976Keoma Shannon
21 Hours at Munich1976TV MovieIssa
Death Rite1976Sadry
Victory March1976Captain Asciutto
The Legend of Valentino1975TV MovieRudolph Valentino
The Flower in His Mouth1975Professore Michele Belcore
Cipolla Colt1975Onion Stark
Perché si uccide un magistrato1975Giacomo Solaris
Smiling Maniacs1975Judge Dani
Challenge to White Fang1974Jason Scott
Street Law1974Carlo
The Last 4 Days1974Walter Audisio 'Valerio'
I guappi1974Nicola Bellizzi
White Fang1973Jason Scott
La polizia incrimina la legge assolve1973Vice-Commissioner Belli
Il delitto Matteotti1973Giacomo Matteotti
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears1973Johnny Ears
Senza ragione1973Mosquito
Le moine1972Ambrosio
Pope Joan1972Louis
Don't Turn the Other Cheek1971Prince Dmitri Vassilovich Orlowsky
L'istruttoria è chiusa: dimentichi1971Vanzi
La vacanza1971Osiride
Giornata nera per l'ariete1971Andrea Bild
Confessions of a Police Captain1971Deputy D.A. Traini
Companeros1970Yodlaf Peterson
The Fifth Day of Peace1970Bruno Grauber
The Virgin and the Gypsy1970The Gypsy
Bitka na Neretvi1969Riva
Un detective1969Commissario Stefano Belli
The Mercenary1968Sergei Kowalski - the Polish
Un tranquillo posto di campagna1968Leonardo Ferri
Sequestro di persona1968Gavino
Il giorno della civetta1968Capt. Bellodi
Pride and Vengeance1967Don José / Django
Camelot1967Lancelot Du Lac
The Bible: In the Beginning...1966Abel
Texas, Adios1966Burt Sullivan
The Brute and the Beast1966Tom Corbett
Wild, Wild Planet1966Jake, Lieutenant
The Third Eye1966Mino Alberti (as Frank Nero)
The War of the Planets1966Lt. Jake Jacowitz
Hired Killer1966Tony Lo Bello (as Frank Nero)
The Tramplers1965Charley Garvey (as Frank Nero)
Io la conoscevo bene1965Italo - The garage attendant
La Celestina P... R...1965Fabrizio
Engagement Italiano1964
Un delitto1963ShortThe Boy
Pelle viva1962
Inferno by Dante2017post-productionCircles Introduction (Italian) (voice)
The Battle of Gorthene: La Battaglia di Gorthene2017pre-production
The Executrix2017filmingCarlo
Silent Life2017filmingAlexander De Salm
The Time of Their Lives2017post-productionAlberto
John Wick: Chapter 22017post-production
Keoma Rises2017announcedKeoma
Marathon2017announcedDon Jose
The Broken Key2016post-productionHiram Abif
The Jester from Transylvania2016post-productionOne-eye
Django Lives!announcedDjango
Prairie BonesannouncedJuliano (rumored)
Road to Capripre-productionGuido
The Last Hit ManannouncedSlade Muso
Un Futuro Aseguradoannounced
Death of the Sheik2017ShortRudolph Valentino's soul
Il Ragazzo Della Giudecca2016Salvatore
Along the River2016ShortFrank De Ville
The Kid2015/IIIShortFranco Nero
Gemma di Maggio2015ShortGaetano Old
il Buio2015ShortClochard
Figli di Maam2014Herod
Love Island2014Marquis Polesini
Dante's Hell Animated2013ShortCircles Introduction (Italian version, voice)
Cadences obstinées2013Carmine
Handy2013Frank The Black
The Last Alchemist2012ShortFelix the Alchemist
The Woods2012/IEnzo Philipo
Django Unchained2012Amerigo Vessepi
A Memória que me Contam2012Paolo
Canepazzo2012Alvaro Genta
New Order2012Dr. Cornelius Van Morgen
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2011TV SeriesRoberto Distasio
Cars 22011Uncle Topolino (voice)
Prigioniero di un segreto2010
Letters to Juliet2010Lorenzo
Angelus Hiroshimae2010The Hunter
Sant'Agostino2010TV MovieAugustinus (age 76)
Palestrina - princeps musicae2009Domenico Ferrabosco
Lullaby2009/IVShortAngelo della morte
Killing Is My Business, Honey2009Enrico Puzzo
Four Seasons2008TV Mini-SeriesMax Freeman
Ti stramo: Ho voglia di un'ultima notte da manuale prima di tre baci sopra il cielo2008Il barbone
Eine Nacht im Grandhotel2008TV MovieFerran Moreno
Mein Herz in Chile2008TV MovieCarlos Sanchez
Il sangue e la rosa2008TV SeriesUmberto Mancini
Una storia di lupi2008ShortHermit
Bathory: Countess of Blood2008King Mathias II
La rabbia2008Mentore
Bastardi2008Rene Iuvara
Márió, a varázsló2008Mario
Two Families2007Morandi
Der Fürst und das Mädchen2007TV SeriesConte Massimo di Romano Herzog Massimo di Romano
Mineurs2007Michele Acucella
La sacra famiglia2006TV MovieZachary
Amore e libertà - Masaniello2006Vicerè D'Arcos


Love Island2014executive producer
Il mistero di Dante2014executive producer
New Order2012producer
La rabbia2008executive producer / producer
Márió, a varázsló2008co-producer
Forever Blues2005producer
Jonathan degli orsi1994producer
Prova di memoria1992co-producer - uncredited
Breath of Life1990co-producer
The Blue-Eyed Bandit1980co-producer
Il cacciatore di squali1979co-producer - uncredited
Un dramma borghese1979co-producer
La vacanza1971co-producer


Apocalypse's Angel2016Short
Forever Blues2005


Forever Blues2005
Jonathan degli orsi1994story

Camera Department

The Bible: In the Beginning...1966still photographer


Camelot1967performer: "C'est Moi", "If Ever I Would Leave You", "I Loved You Once In Silence" - uncredited


Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014Documentary our deepest appreciation
Django Unchained2012special thanks


Mediterranean Diet, Example to the World2016Documentary short
Earth2015/IIDocumentary voice
Cinema 32014TV SeriesHimself
Étrangement vôtre!2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Poltrone Rosse - Parma e il Cinema2014DocumentaryHimself
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films2014DocumentaryHimself
Janela Indiscreta2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Outsider - Il Cinema Di Antonio Margheriti2013DocumentaryHimself
Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s2012DocumentaryHimself
Letters to Juliet: A Courtyard in Verona2010ShortHimself
Letters to Juliet: The Making of in Italia2010ShortHimself
Made in Hollywood2010TV SeriesHimself
Franco Cristaldi e il suo cinema Paradiso2009DocumentaryHimself
Soltanto un nome nei titoli di testa2008DocumentaryHimself
Seitenblicke2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
Role Play2007ShortHimself
Viaggio in corso nel cinema di Carlo Lizzani2007DocumentaryHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2007TV Series documentary
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Giornata nera2006Video documentary shortHimself
Laying Down the Law2006Video documentary shortHimself
Street Law: Laying Down the Law2006Video documentary shortHimself
Franco Nero in His Own Words2005Video documentary shortHimself
Strange Stories from the West2005Video documentary shortHimself
Elio Petri... appunti su un autore2005DocumentaryHimself
The Spaghetti West2005Video documentaryHimself
È solo un rock'n'roll show2005VideoHimself
Django: et le western apporta la violence2004Video documentary shortHimself
Django: Filming Django2003Video shortHimself
Filming Django: Exclusive Interview with Franco Nero2003Video shortHimself
Django: The One and Only2003Video documentary shortHimself - 'Django'
The Devil Thumbs a Ride2002Video documentary shortHimself
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Once Upon a Time in Europe2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2001 World Music Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
¿Qué apostamos?1994-1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
La nit1988TV MovieHimself - Presenter
The Wizard of Babylon1982DocumentaryHimself
Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Letzte Arbeiten1982TV Movie documentary
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
V.I.P.-Schaukel1971TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesDjango
Quelli che... il calcio2007TV SeriesVarious
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentary
Locos por la tele1991TV SeriesArbaces
The Story of Camelot1967Himself


Won Awards

2012Capri Legend AwardCapri, Hollywood
2008City of Seville AwardSeville European Film Festival
2007Lifetime Achievement AwardTransilvania International Film Festival
2006Special Jury AwardGolden Globes, ItalyForever Blues (2005)
2003Lifetime Achievement AwardMilano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards)
1999Lifetime Achievement AwardLos Angeles Italian Film Awards
1995Actor's Mission AwardArt Film Festival
1989Career CharybdisTaormina International Film Festival
1971Golden GobletGolden Goblets, ItalyBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Confessione di un commissario di polizia al procuratore della repubblica (1971)
1968DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Actor (Migliore Attore)Il giorno della civetta (1968)

Nominated Awards

2006Golden GlobeGolden Globes, ItalyBest First Feature (Migliore Opera Prima)Forever Blues (2005)
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsStar of Tomorrow, MaleThe Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleCamelot (1967)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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