Italian Actors/Directors Turned American For Films

by sargon-zia | created - 14 Mar 2015 | updated - 16 May 2015 | Public

1. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

Bob Robertson

2. Gianfranco Parolini

Writer | Questa volta ti faccio ricco!

Gianfranco Parolini was born on February 20, 1925 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for This Time I'll Make You Rich (1974), Alla ricerca dell'impero sepolto (1987) and Anno 79: La distruzione di Ercolano (1962). He died on April 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy.

Frank Krammer

3. 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...

Montgomery Wood

4. Guglielmo Spoletini

Actor | The Omen

Guglielmo Spoletini was born on April 18, 1929 in Rome, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for The Omen (1976), Carambola (1974) and Storia d'amore e d'amicizia (1982). He died on March 12, 2005 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

William Bogart

5. 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 ...

real name Antonio De Teffe

6. Sal Borgese

Actor | Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte

Sal Borgese was born on March 5, 1937 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Salvatore Borgese. He is known for his work on If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death (1968), The Black Corsair (1976) and Johnny Stecchino (1991).

Sal Borges

7. Demofilo Fidani

Writer | Karzan, il favoloso uomo della jungla

Demofilo Fidani was born on February 8, 1914 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for Karzan, il favoloso uomo della jungla (1972), A.A.A. Masseuse, Good-Looking, Offers Her Services (1972) and Django and Sartana Are Coming... It's the End (1970). He died in March 1994 ...

Slim Alone | Miles Deem | Lucky Dickinson | Dennis Ford | Sean O'Neal | Dick Spitfire

8. Florestano Vancini

Director | La lunga notte del '43

Florestano Vancini was born on August 24, 1926 in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for It Happened in '43 (1960), Il delitto Matteotti (1973) and Seasons of Our Love (1966). He was married to Liliana Ferrari. He died on September 18, 2008 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Stan Vance

9. Giorgio Ferroni

Director | Il Leone di Tebe

Giorgio Ferroni was born on April 12, 1908 in Perugia, Perugia, Umbria, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for The Lion of Thebes (1964), Pompei (1936) and Armonie pucciniane (1938). He was married to Nada Fiorelli. He died on August 17, 1981.

Calvin Jackson Padget

10. Evelyn Stewart

Actress | Sette note in nero

Evelyn Stewart was born on March 9, 1939 in Sestola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy as Ida Galli. She is an actress, known for The Psychic (1977), La Dolce Vita (1960) and Special Mission Lady Chaplin (1966).

EVELYN STEWART or Priscilla Steele or Isli Oberon !!!!

11. 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).


12. George Hilton

Actor | Vado... l'ammazzo e torno

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

URUGUAYAN ACTOR REAL NAME "Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara"

13. 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 ...

Luigi Montefiori

14. Enzo Barboni

Director | I due superpiedi quasi piatti

Enzo Barboni (nick name E.B. Clucher) is one of the most representative filmmakers of the last line of the western to Italian thanks to the parodistic and trumpet-like series of Trinity. Born in 1922, Enzo Barboni began operating as a car operator in 1942, only twenty years later, and in 1961 ...


15. Antonio Margheriti

Director | Il mondo di Yor

Antonio Margheriti was born on September 19, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), The Unnaturals (1969) and Io ti amo (1968). He died on November 4, 2002 in Monterosi, Lazio.


16. Stelvio Rosi

Producer | Anaconda

Stelvio Rosi was born on August 1, 1938 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and producer, known for Anaconda (1997), They Were Called Three Musketeers But They Were Four (1973) and Lambada (1990). He died on December 19, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


17. Pierre Cressoy

Actor | Il prigioniero del re

Pierre Cressoy was born on March 25, 1924 in Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, France. He was an actor, known for Il prigioniero del re (1954), Melodie immortali - Mascagni (1952) and The Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi (1953). He died on October 31, 1980 in Gorbio, Alpes-Maritimes, France.


18. Giuseppe Addobbati

Actor | L'ultimo gladiatore

Giuseppe Addobbati (Makarska, December 31, 1909 - Rome, Jan. 4, 1986) was an Italian actor, best known for his great qualities of character. He lives for a long time in Trieste, where he devoted himself to theater. In the film debuted during the Fascist period interpreting a discreet important role...


19. Benito Stefanelli

Stunts | Once Upon a Time in America

Benito Stefanelli was born on September 2, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Once Upon a Time in America (1984), A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). He died in December 1999.


21. Mario Caiano

Director | La malavita attacca. La polizia risponde.

Mario Caiano was born in Rome, Italy, on February 13, 1933. After grade school he registered in college under the alias of Mariano Cajano. He alternated his university studies in philology with his apprenticeship in the film business, working as an assistant director and occasionally a scriptwriter...

WILLIAM HAWKINS or Allen Grünewald !!!

22. Robert Hundar

Actor | Antes llega la muerte

Robert Hundar was born on January 12, 1935 in Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy as Claudio Undari. He was an actor, known for Hour of Death (1964), Vengeance of Hercules (1960) and Roland the Mighty (1956). He died on May 12, 2008 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.


23. Mario Brega

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Mario Brega was born on March 25, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Florestano Brega. He was an actor and producer, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). He died on July 23, 1994 in Rome.

Richard Stuyvesant

25. Alfredo Varelli

Writer | 30 Winchester per El Diablo

Alfredo Varelli was born on August 31, 1914 in Saracinesco, Lazio, Italy as Alfredo Ciavarella. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Gold Train (1965), The Pagans (1953) and Pontius Pilate (1962).


26. 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...

Mario Girotti

27. 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 ...

Carlo Pedersoli

28. Sergio Corbucci

Writer | Il grande silenzio

Sergio Corbucci was born on December 6, 1926, in Rome, Italy. He entered grade school with thoughts of becoming a businessman, but after earning a college degree in economics he took an abrupt detour into the world of cinema. Corbucci began his career as a film critic, first for the Italian film ...

Gordon Wilson Jr. or STANLEY CORBETT...!!

29. Silvano Tranquilli

Actor | Danza macabra

Silvano Tranquilli was born on August 23, 1925 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Castle of Blood (1964), Le Retour d'Arsène Lupin (1989) and I due sanculotti (1966). He died on May 10, 1997 in Rome.


30. Benito Stefanelli

Stunts | Once Upon a Time in America

Benito Stefanelli was born on September 2, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Once Upon a Time in America (1984), A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). He died in December 1999.

BEN STEFFEN... very close..?

31. Marino Masé

Actor | The Godfather: Part III

Marino Masé was born on March 21, 1939 in Trieste, Italy. He is an actor, known for The Godfather: Part III (1990), The Leopard (1963) and It Takes a Thief (1968).

Lawrence clift

32. Massimo Pupillo

Director | Il boia scarlatto

After completing the direction of his horror film Terror-Creatures from the Grave (1965), he was unsatisfied with the final result, and allowed the film's producer, Ralph Zucker, to take the director's credit instead. This has led people to confuse Pupillo and Zucker for one another, and when ...

Ralph zucker

33. Alfredo Rizzo

Actor | Roman Holiday

Alfredo Rizzo was born in 1902 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. He was an actor and director, known for Roman Holiday (1953), Alessia... un vulcano sotto la pelle (1978) and Carnal Revenge (1974). He died on September 6, 1991 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Alfred Rice

34. Riccardo Freda

Writer | Caccia all'uomo

Riccardo Freda was born in Alexandria, Egypt, of Italian parents. Educated in Milan, he became a sculptor, then a newspaper art critic. He began a career in film in 1937 as a screenwriter and production supervisor. He moved into directing in 1942, beginning a career that lasted some 40 years. ...


35. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

John Foam, John M. Old & John Hold...!!!!!

36. Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Actor | The Last Man on Earth

Giacomo Rossi Stuart was born on August 25, 1925 in Todi, Umbria, Italy. He was an actor and assistant director, known for The Last Man on Earth (1964), War Between the Planets (1966) and Zorro and the Three Musketeers (1963). He was married to Klara Müller. He died on October 20, 1994 in Rome, ...


37. Amedeo Trilli

Actor | C'è un fantasma nel castello

Amedeo Trilli was born on July 9, 1906 in Ronciglione, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for C'è un fantasma nel castello (1942), Mare (1940) and Gladiator of Rome (1962). He died on November 30, 1971 in Rome, Lazio.


38. Elissa Pichelli

Actress | I tre del Colorado

Elissa Pichelli is an actress, known for Canadian Wilderness (1965) and Knives of the Avenger (1966).


39. Fausto Tozzi

Writer | Trastevere

Fausto Tozzi was born on October 29, 1921 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Trastevere (1971), This Love at the End of the World (1960) and Three Girls from Rome (1952). He was married to Evelina Arduino and Marie Claire Solleville. He died on December 10, 1978 in Rome.


40. Sergio Martino

Director | Vendetta dal futuro

Talented, prolific and versatile writer/director Sergio Martino has made a vast array of often solid and enjoyable films in such diverse genres as horror, comedy, Western and science-fiction in a career that spans over 40 years.

Martino was born on July 19, 1938, in Rome, Italy. His grandfather was ...

Christian Plummer & Martin Dolman....

41. Umberto Lenzi

Director | Superseven chiama Cairo

Born in Massa Marittima, Italy on August 6, 1931, Umberto Lenzi was a movie enthusiast since his early grade school years. During those years, he founded various film fan clubs while studying law. Lenzi started out as a journalist for various local newspapers and magazines. Lenzi put off his law ...

this guy has so many;- Humphrey Humbert, Hank Milestone, Humphrey Longan, Hubert Humphrey, Humphrey Milestone, and Bob Collins or Harry Kirkpatrick..!!

42. Pietro Martellanza

Actor | Dos hombres van a morir

Pietro Martellanza was born on September 30, 1938 in Bolzano, Italy as Pietro Martellanz. He was an actor, known for Two Brothers, One Death (1968), Desert of Fire (1971) and The Tough and the Mighty (1969). He died on February 1, 2010 in Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy.

of course ;- PETER MARTELL

43. Nieves Navarro

Actress | La morte accarezza a mezzanotte

Nieves Navarro was born on November 10, 1938 in Almería, Andalucía, Spain as Nieves Navarro García. She is an actress, known for Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Death Walks on High Heels (1971) and The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970). She was previously married to Luciano Ercoli.


44. Joe D'Amato

Director | Ator l'invincibile

Joe D'Amato was born Aristide Massaccesi on December 15, 1936, in Rome, Italy. At age 14 he began working for his father, a chief electrician and later the founder of the company A.C.M. By going to school in the daytime, Massaccesi worked afternoons part-time as a stagehand and stage cameraman ...

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