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Also Known As: Francesco Sparanero Died:
Born: November 23, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Parma, IT Profession: actor

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A handsome Italian leading man, Franco Nero first came to the attention of US audiences as Abel in John Huston's epic "The Bible...In the Beginning" (1966). The following year, he cut a dashing figure as the youthful Lancelot opposite Vanessa Redgrave's Guenevere in Joshua Logan's opulent filming of the hit musical "Camelot." Since then, Nero has appeared in over 50 motion pictures ranging from "A Quiet Place in the Country" (1968) to "Force Ten From Navaronne" (1978) to "Querelle" (1982) to "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" (1990). More recently, he played an idealistic doctor whose family is touched by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in "Talk of Angels" and was cast as the slain fashion designer in "The Versace Murders" (both 1998).On the small screen, Nero starred as the legendary silent screen actor in "The Legend of Valentino" (ABC, 1975) and later was featured in the miniseries "The Last Days of Pompeii" (ABC, 1984) and "Young Catherine" (TNT, 1991). With actress Vanessa Redgrave, he has a son Carlo Sparanero who is a director.

A handsome Italian leading man, Franco Nero first came to the attention of US audiences as Abel in John Huston's epic "The Bible...In the Beginning" (1966). The following year, he cut a dashing figure as the youthful Lancelot opposite Vanessa Redgrave's Guenevere in Joshua Logan's opulent filming of the hit musical "Camelot." Since then, Nero has appeared in over 50 motion pictures ranging from "A Quiet Place in the Country" (1968) to "Force Ten From Navaronne" (1978) to "Querelle" (1982) to "Die Hard 2: Die Harder" (1990). More recently, he played an idealistic doctor whose family is touched by the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in "Talk of Angels" and was cast as the slain fashion designer in "The Versace Murders" (both 1998).

On the small screen, Nero starred as the legendary silent screen actor in "The Legend of Valentino" (ABC, 1975) and later was featured in the miniseries "The Last Days of Pompeii" (ABC, 1984) and "Young Catherine" (TNT, 1991). With actress Vanessa Redgrave, he has a son Carlo Sparanero who is a director.

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 Bastardi (2008)
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 Bathory (2008)
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1964:
Made feature film debut in "La ragazza in prestito"
1966:
Had featured role as Abel in John Huston's "The Bible: In the Beginning"
1966:
Had first lead role in Sergio Corbucci's "Django"
1967:
Portrayed Lancelot in his first English language film "Camelot"; met long time romantic partner, Vanessa Redgrave, who also co-starred
1968:
Appeared in the mafia film "Il giorno della civetta" opposite Claudia Cardinale
1970:
Featured in the English language film "The Virgin and the Gypsy"
1970:
Served as one of the producers on "Drop Out"
1974:
Played the humiliated engineer out for revenge in "Street Law"
1975:
Made his American TV debut as Valentino in "The Legend of Valentino" (ABC)
1978:
Made TV miniseries debut in "The Pirate" (CBS)
1982:
Cast as the gay lieutenant in "Querelle"
1993:
Established own production company
1993:
Wrote, produced and starred in "Jonathan degli orsi"
1996:
Starred in Hungarian director Gábor Koltay's "Honfoglalás"
1998:
Co-starred as an idealistic physician in "Talk of Angels"
1998:
Portrayed Gianni Versace in the "The Versace Murder"
2001:
Appeared in Koltay's "Sacra Corona"
2010:
Co-starred with wife Vanessa Redgrave in "Letters to Juliet"
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Education

Piccolo Teatro di Milano: -

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companion:
Carroll Baker. Actor. In a June 2000 interview with the London <i>Times</i>, Baker revealed their affair.
companion:
Vanessa Redgrave. Actor. Mother of Nero's son Carlo.

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son:
Carlo Gabriel Nero. Director. Born in 1969; graduated from NYU Film School; has son born c. 1990; mother, Vanessa Redgrave.

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