Movie actor, Franco Nero was born in San Prospero Parmense in 1941
Franco Nero is one of the most original and professional actors of the italian motion pictures. Grown up in provincial northern Italian town in a family of a strict police sergeant, Franco Nero got on the scene at six years old. He studied economics and trade in Milan University and during that time he was appearing in popular italian photo-novels. In Cinecittà he was discovered as an actor by the director John Huston.
His film debut was in 1962 in Pelle viva by Giuseppe Fina, with Elsa Martinelli. In a short time he worked in science fiction, thriller, detective, comedy, adventure and western films.
His quality leap was in 1965 in Io la conoscevo bene by Antonio Pietrangeli, with Ugo Tognazzi and Stefania Sandrelli. In Camelot (1967) he starred with Vanessa Redgrave and had his first Golden Globe’s nomination for Lancillotto’s role. Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave worked together in many movies and the director Carlo Gabriel Nero is their son.
In 1968 he won the David of Donatello in occasion of the movie Il giorno della civetta; in 1969 he worked with Yul Brynner and Orson Welles in the movie La battaglia della Neretva.
His best films are: Querelle de Brest (1982) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Il giovane Toscanini (1988) by Franco Zeffirelli, Diceria dell’untore (1990) by Beppe Cino, Fratelli e sorelle (1992) by Pupi Avati, Jonathan degli orsi (1994) directed by Franco Nero, Megiddo. Codice Omega II (2001) by Brian Trenchard-Smith e Hans (2006) by Louis Nero.
He recenlty played a cameo in the Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django unchained.