Gian Maria Volontè (1933–1994)


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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 film, he reached notoriety with the character of ... See full bio »

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(age 61) in Florina, Greece

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Known For

A Fistful of Dollars Ramón Rojo
(1964)
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion Il Dottore - Former Head of Homicide Squad
(1970)
The Mattei Affair Enrico Mattei
(1972)
For a Few Dollars More El Indio (The Indian)
(1965)

Filmography

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 1993 Tirano Banderas
Tirano Banderas (as Gian María Volonte)
 1993 Funes, a Great Love
Bergama
 1991 Una storia semplice
Carmelo Franzò
 1990 Open Doors
Judge Vito Di Francesco
 1990 Tre colonne in cronaca
Alberto Landolfi
 1989 Pestalozzis Berg
Pestalozzi
 1988 L'oeuvre au noir
Zénon
 1987 A Boy from Calabria
Felice
 1987 Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Dr. Cristo Bedoya
 1986 Il caso Moro
Aldo Moro
 1983 The Death of Mario Ricci
Bernard Fontana
 1982 The Charterhouse of Parma (TV Mini-Series)
Count Mosca
- Episode #1.6 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Count Mosca
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Count Mosca
 1981 Lady of the Camelias
Plessis
 1980 Stark System
Stark
 1979 Ogro
Izarra
 1979 Christ Stopped at Eboli
Carlo Levi
 1977 I Am Afraid
Brigadiere Ludovico Graziano
 1976 Todo modo
M.
 1975 Letters from Marusia
Gregorio
 1975 The Suspect
Emilio
 1973 Giordano Bruno
Giordano Bruno (as Gianmaria Volonte)
 1973 Lucky Luciano
Charles 'Lucky' Luciano
 1972 Slap the Monster on Page One
Giancarlo Bizanti
 1972 The Assassination
Sadiel - un leader progresste maghrebin
 1972 The Mattei Affair
Enrico Mattei
 1971 Lulu the Tool
Lulù Massa
 1971 Sacco & Vanzetti
Bartolomeo Vanzetti
 1970 Le Cercle Rouge
Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)
 1970 Many Wars Ago
tenente Ottolenghi
 1970 Le Vent d'Est
Le ranger nordiste
 1970 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Il Dottore - Former Head of Homicide Squad
 1969 The Bandit
Gramigna
 1968 Summit
 1968 The Violent Four
Pietro 'Piero' Cavallero
 1968 The Seven Cervi Brothers
Aldo Cervi
 1967 Face to Face
Professore Brett Fletcher / Professor Brad Fletcher (as Gian Maria Volonté)
 1967 Caravaggio (TV Mini-Series)
Caravaggio
- Episode #1.3 (1967) ... Caravaggio
- Episode #1.2 (1967) ... Caravaggio
- Episode #1.1 (1967) ... Caravaggio
 1967 We Still Kill the Old Way
Prof. Paolo Laurana
 1967 A Bullet for the General
El Chuncho Muños / El Chuncho Niños (as Gian Maria Volonté)
 1966 A Gangstergirl
Jascha
 1966 The Witch
Fabrizio
 1966 For Love and Gold
Teofilatto dei Leonzi
 1966 Wake Up and Die
Inspector Moroni
 1966 Seasons of Our Love
Leonardo Varzi
 1965 For a Few Dollars More
El Indio (The Indian)
 1965 La strada più lunga (TV Movie)
 1965 Le inchieste del commissario Maigret (TV Series)
Radek
- Una vita in gioco (1965) ... Radek
 1964 Vita di Michelangelo (TV Series)
Michelangelo
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... Michelangelo
- Episode #1.2 (1964) ... Michelangelo
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... Michelangelo
 1964 The Magnificent Cuckold
The Councillor
 1964 A Fistful of Dollars
Ramón Rojo (as John Wells Italian version, Johnny Wels English version)
 1963 The Terrorist
Braschi, l'ingeniere
 1963 Il taglio del bosco (TV Movie)
Guglielmo
 1963 Noche de verano
Alberto Suárez
 1962 March on Rome
Capitano Paolinelli (voice, uncredited)
 1962 The Four Days of Naples
Stimolo (uncredited)
 1962 Ifigenia in Aulide (TV Movie)
Secondo nunzio
 1962 Un uomo da bruciare
Salvatore
 1961 Jail Break
Papaleo
 1961 Hercules Conquers Atlantis
Re di Sparta
 1961 Girl with a Suitcase
Piero Benotti
 1960 La pisana (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1960)
- Episode #1.1 (1960)
 1960 Under Ten Flags
Samuel Braunstein (as Gianmaria Volontè)
 1959 L'idiota (TV Mini-Series)
Parfen Rogozin
- Episode #1.6 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.5 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.4 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... Parfen Rogozin (as Gianmaria Volontè)
 1959 Saul (TV Movie)
 1957 Fedra (TV Movie)
Ippolito
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare, Italy.

Official Sites:

Official Site [Italy]

Alternate Names:

Cuncho | Gian María Volonte | Gian-Maria Volonte | Gianmaria Volonte | Gianmaria Volontè | Gian Maria Volonté | Gianmaria Volonté | John Wells | Johnny Wels

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)
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Personal Quote:

I try to make films that say something about the mechanisms of a society like ours, which correspond with some research of a shred of truth. For me, there is a need to understand the cinema as a means of mass communication, as well as the theater and television. See more »

Trivia:

Died in Greece while filming Theodoros Angelopoulos 's film Ulysses' Gaze (1995), and was replaced by Erland Josephson. See more »

Trademark:

Best known as the Italian Laurence Olivier, because of the resemblance with the British actor See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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