Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero, also known as Franco Nero, is an Italian actor born on 23rd November 1941, in San Prospero Parmense, Italy.His father was a commissioner officer. He studied trade and economy at a university close to his house and then went to Piccolo Teatro di Milano for higher education.
Franco’s first movie “La ragazza in prestito” was released in 1964, in which he played only a small part. In Sergio Corbucci’s “Django”, released in 1966, he had his first lead role. This became one of the most popular western movies. “Texas, Adios,” and “Massacre Time”, also released in 1966, were also very popular. In 1967, his role as Lancelot in “Camelot” earned him wide fame, and it was on the sets of this movie that he met his soul mate, ‘Vanessa Redgrave’. Since Franco’s English proficiency was less, he had limited roles in the English films like “The Virgin and The Gypsy”, “Enter the Ninja”, and “Die Hard 2”. He played some well-known characters such as Abel in “The Bible: In the Beginning”, an engineer in “Street Law”, and a lieutenant in “Querelle”.
Franco appeared in over 200 films, and has also written and produced Jonathan Degli Orsi, which was a big hit. In 2010, he appeared in “Letters to Juliet”, in which he was paired with Vanessa. He appeared as a guest in one of the episodes of “Law and Order SVU”. Some of his famous films include I Knew her Well, Wild Planet, The Third Eye, War of the Planets, Massacre Time, The Bible, Camelot, Django,
of the Owl, The Mercenary, The Fifth Day of Peace, Dropout, A Quiet Place in the Country, and The Monk. His appearance as a comedian in Django is also very popular.
His relationship with Vanessa began on the sets of Camelot. After three years, in 1969, they had a son Carlo, who grew up to be a director. They separated for many years during which they involved with other persons. However, they reunited and got married in 2006. Carlo directed “The Fever” in which Vanessa had featured. The movie released in 2011, was a hit.
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Born in San Prospero Parmense and brought up in Milan, Franco Nero is an Italian actor, who is best identified for his revolutionary enactment in the movie, “Django” (1966) where he played the titular role. Also, it was the first major role he’s ever received as an actor. His first step into the film industry was through the movie, “La ragazza in prestito”, even though his role was minor. In the year 1966, he was also featured in eight other movies, excluding “Django”. In the year 1967, he was a part of the movie, “Camelot”, where he encountered the love of his life, in reel and real life, “Vanessa Redgrave”.
The very next year, he was a part of the movie, “Il giorno della civetta”. Some of the other English language movies that he got to be a part of are, “The Virgin and the Gypsy”, “Force 10 from Navarone”, “Enter the Ninja”, and “Die Hard 2”. He is a versatile actor and has proven his worth as the same by performing quite an assortment of roles in over 150 movies. He has starred in movies such as, “Conquest” (1996), “Li chiamarono…briganti!” (1999), and “Holy Crown” (2001). In the year 2009, he played the character of the unusual writer, Mario Puzo in “Murder is my trade, darling”, in which his performance was the best aspect according to the movie critics. In the year 2010, he co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in the movie, “Letters to Juliet”.
Then he was featured on the thirteenth season of the telly series, “Law and Order SUV”, in the year 2011. He also received a star on the prestigious Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada. In the year 2012, he made a walk-attendance in the film, “
”, in conjunction with
, the protagonist of the movie. His romantic association with Vanessa Redgrave gave him a son with her named, Carlo Gabriel Redgrave Sparanero, who is a screenwriter and a director. Since his step daughter’s father had deceased, Nero walked her down the aisle when she tied the knot with the actor,
in the year 1994.