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Also Known As: Bob Robertson Died: April 30, 1989
Born: January 3, 1921 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Italy Profession: director, screenwriter, second unit director, assistant director, actor

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Often directly associated with the Spaghetti Western, director Sergio Leone was by no means the inventor of the sub-genre, but did more than any other Italian director to popularize it overseas, particularly in the United States. Leone entered filmmaking at the height of popularity for Sword-and-Sandal epics of the 1950s, making his solo directorial debut with "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961). Once that genre fell out of favor over the massive budgets, he joined a group of Italian directors who reinvented the Western, turning the genre on its head with films that were gritty, violent and often darkly humorous. For his part, Leone employed a number of techniques like extreme close-ups, rapid-fire editing, punctuated score, and laconic characters in a trilogy of films - "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), "For a Few Dollars More" (1966) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967) - that reshaped the modern Western and turned a little-known actor named Clint Eastwood into a star. All three films were derided by critics for their then-excessive violence while also becoming major international box office hits. Leone followed with what many felt was his Western masterpiece, "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968),...

Often directly associated with the Spaghetti Western, director Sergio Leone was by no means the inventor of the sub-genre, but did more than any other Italian director to popularize it overseas, particularly in the United States. Leone entered filmmaking at the height of popularity for Sword-and-Sandal epics of the 1950s, making his solo directorial debut with "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961). Once that genre fell out of favor over the massive budgets, he joined a group of Italian directors who reinvented the Western, turning the genre on its head with films that were gritty, violent and often darkly humorous. For his part, Leone employed a number of techniques like extreme close-ups, rapid-fire editing, punctuated score, and laconic characters in a trilogy of films - "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), "For a Few Dollars More" (1966) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967) - that reshaped the modern Western and turned a little-known actor named Clint Eastwood into a star. All three films were derided by critics for their then-excessive violence while also becoming major international box office hits. Leone followed with what many felt was his Western masterpiece, "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968), and later spent over 10 years making his four-and-a-half hour long gangster epic, "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). When he died in 1989, Leone left behind a legacy as a pioneering director whose influence was felt throughout generations while inspiring a permanent shift of the cultural landscape.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Duck, You Sucker (1972) Director
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  For a Few Dollars More (1967) Director
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  A Fistful of Dollars (1967) Director
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  Sodom and Gomorrah (1963) Director
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  The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
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1948:
Acted in Vittorio De Sica's landmark classic of neorealism, "The Bicycle Thief"
1947:
Worked as an assistant to Italian and American filmmakers (Mervyn LeRoy, Raoul Walsh, William Wyler) in Italy
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Worked as an assistant director on such American productions as "Helen of Troy" (1956), "The Nun's Story", "Ben Hur" (both 1959)
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First credit as co-screenwriter, "Nel segno di Roma/Sign of the Gladiator"
1959:
Replaced ailing Mario Bonnard as director (also co-screenwriter) on "Last Days of Pompeii" starring Steve Reeves; refused to accept screen credit
1961:
Directed first credited feature film, "The Colossus of Rhodes"
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Worked as assistant to Robert Aldrich on "Sodom and Gomorrah"
1964:
Achieved international success with the first installment in his "Man with No Name" trilogy, "A Fistful of Dollars" (under the pseudonym Bob Robertson), starring Clint Eastwood
1973:
Credited with the story idea for "My Name Is Nobody"
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Headed his own production company, Rafran Cinematografica
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Briefly moved to France in the late 1970s
1984:
Last major directorial effort, "Once Upon a Time in America"
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wife:
Carla Leone. Married in 1960.

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father:
Vincenzo Leone. Silent film director.
daughter:
Raffaela Leone.
daughter:
Francesca Leone.
daughter:
Andrea Leone.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Cinema: A Critical Dictionary"
"Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death" Faber and Faber

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