Sergio Leone

Knowledge Identifier: +Sergio_Leone


Sergio Leone

Italian film director, producer and screenwriter - Spaghetti Western genreadd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1929.

Countries: United States (37%), Italy (24%), (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: A Fistful of Dollars, Clint Eastwood, Once Upon a Time in America

Linked to: Cinecitta, Irish Republican Army, Jews, Paramount Pictures




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Sergio Leone was born in 1929 add something


Leone was an avid fan of Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone with the Wind and the 1939 film adaptation. add something


After watching his father work on film sets, Leone began his own career in the film industry at the age of 18 after dropping out of law studies at the university. add something


Working in Italian cinematography, he began as an assistant to Vittorio De Sica during the movie Bicycle Thieves in 1948. add something


When director Mario Bonnard fell ill during the production of the 1959 Italian epic The Last Days of Pompeii, starring Steve Reeves, Leone was asked to step in and complete the film. add something


Werner Abrolat - After a long career at provincial theatres in West-Germany Abrolat appeared in a number of Spaghetti Westerns in the mid 1960s, such as a member of Indio's gang in the 1965 Sergio Leone film "For a Few Dollars More"


Wolfgang Lukschy - Possibly his most noted performances worldwide were his roles as Alfred Jodl in the 1962 American war film "The Longest Day" and as John Baxter in Sergio Leone's 1964 production "A Fistful of Dollars" alongside Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonté


Clint Eastwood - In late 1963 Eastwood's co-star on Rawhide, Eric Fleming, rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars, to be directed in a remote region of Spain by Sergio Leone, who was relatively unknown at the time.


Marianne Koch - Sergio Leone's 1964 production "A Fistful of Dollars" showcased her alongside Clint Eastwood as a civilian tormented by ruthless local gangsters, torn between her husband and child and the villains


Sieghardt Rupp - His most noted western performance was his role as Estaban Rojo in Sergio Leone's 1964 production "A Fistful of Dollars" alongside Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonté


Duccio Tessari - In 1964 he co-wrote Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars", one year later he gained an impressive commercial success and launched the Giuliano Gemma's career with "A Pistol for Ringo" and its immediate sequel, "The Return of Ringo"


Jose Calvo - In 1964 he starred as the innkeeper Silvanito in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western production "A Fistful of Dollars" as one of Clint Eastwood's few "amigos" in the town of San Miguel


United Artists - Other successful projects backed in this period included Blake Edwards's Pink Panther series, which began in 1964, and Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns, which made a star of Clint Eastwood


Charles Bronson - The director, Sergio Leone, once called him "the greatest actor I ever worked with", and had wanted to cast Bronson for the lead in 1964's "A Fistful of Dollars"


Antonio Casas - He appeared in "A Pistol for Ringo" in 1965 and Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western the "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" in 1966, a film that has consistently been voted one of the greatest of all time


Sergio Sollima - "The Big Gundown" was released in 1966 with big success, despite the fact that it had to compete with Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and Sergio Corbucci's "Django"


Based on the success of The Man with No Name trilogy, Leone was invited to the United States in 1967 to direct $Once_Upon_a_Time_in_the_West (C'Era una Volta il West) for Paramount Pictures. add something


Gabriele Ferzetti - In 1968, he played railroad baron Morton in Sergio Leone's celebrated "Once Upon a Time in the West"


Rik Battaglia - In 1971 he appeared in Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dynamite"


Rik Battaglia - In 1974 he appeared in the Agatha Christie adaptation "Ten Little Indians" and later in the Sergio Leone co-produced western "Un genio, due compari, un pollo" by Damiano Damiani


Leone's other productions included A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe; The Cat (Il Gatto; 1977, starring Alberto Sordi, and The Toy (Il Giocattolo; 1979, starring Nino Manfredi). add something


A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe - "'A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe"' is a 1975 spaghetti western comedy film directed by Damiano Damiani and, in the opening scene, Sergio Leone


In 1978, he was a member of the jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival. add something


While finishing work on Once Upon a Time in America in 1982, Leone was impressed with Harrison Salisbury's non-fiction book The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad, and he planned on adapting the book as a war epic. add something


Jennifer Connelly - At one, Connelly was selected for a supporting role as the aspiring dancer and actress Deborah Gelly in Sergio Leone's 1984 gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America"


Danny Aiello - He was paired with DeNiro again for the 1984 Sergio Leone gangster epic, "Once Upon a Time in America", as a police chief whose name was "Aiello


Tuesday Weld - In 1984, she appeared in Sergio Leone's gangster epic "Once Upon a Time in America", playing a jeweler's secretary who is in on a plan to steal a shipment of diamonds


Chuck Low - He has had small roles in other Robert De Niro films, such as "The Mission", "The King of Comedy", and most notably in Sergio Leone's 1984 film "Once Upon a Time in America" as Deborah and Fat Moe's father


In 1987, Sergio Leone contacted his old collaborators Sergio Donati and Fulvio Morsella, pitching an idea for a TV miniseries about a Colt revolver that passed from owner to owner throughout the Old West, similar to Anthony Mann's film Winchester '73. add something


In 1988, he was head of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in Venice . add something


Sergio Leone died in 1989 add something


Leone died on April 30, 1989, of a heart attack at the age of 60 add something


Harrison Salisbury - "The 900 Days" was in the process of being adapted into a feature film by famous Italian director Sergio Leone at the time of Leone's death in 1989


Shooting was scheduled to begin sometime in 1990 add something


Jens Olof Lasthein - He became acquainted with the technique in 1991 when he followed the work of film directors Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa


In 1992, Eastwood directed "Unforgiven", a revisionist western drama for which he won an Oscar for best director, as well as Best Picture add something


Brian Michael Bendis - Bendis' best-known early work, "Jinx", starring the titular bounty hunter in a crime noir version of the Sergio Leone film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", began publication in 1996, and ran seven issues from Caliber


In early 2003, Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore announced he would direct a film called "Leningrad", and he expressed interest in casting Nicole Kidman in the role of the female love interest add something


Henry Hopkins Sibley - It was released as part of "The Sergio Leone Anthology" by Metro-Goldwyn May er in 2003


Although the written treatment never got turned into a full screenplay, Leone's son Andrea had it published in a June 2004 issue of the Italian cinema magazine "Ciak" add something


Wisconsin Film Festival - The 2010 festival included work by Michel Gondry, Jan H?ebejk, Ken Loach, Mary Sweeney, Radu Jude, Liu Jiayin, Gianni Di Gregorio, James Marsh, Jessica Hausner, Henrik Ruben Ganz, Maren Ade, Xavier Dolan, Corneliu Porumboiu, Karen Shakhnazarov, Bradley Rust Gray, Sarah Watts, Lixin Fan, Bert I. Gordon, George Kuchar, Sergio Leone, Ladislas Starewitch, Jules Dassin, John Frankenheimer, and Elia Kazan


He received the "America award" in memory, from the Italy-USA Foundation in 2014 add something