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Also Known As: John Wells, Johnny Wells Died: December 6, 1994
Born: April 9, 1933 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor

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Thoughtful, stage-trained leading man who appeared in a couple of classic "spaghetti westerns" in the mid-1960s and gained worldwide fame as the title character of Elio Petri's "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" (1970). A committed leftist, Volonte appeared in subsequent Petri outings such as "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" (1973) and a number of films by Francesco Rosi. He gave a finely nuanced portrayal of exiled, anti-fascist writer Carlo Levi in Rosi's "Christ Stopped at Eboli" (1979). Volonte's handful of English-language credits included films (in which he was billed as "John Wells") such as "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan" (1984);

Thoughtful, stage-trained leading man who appeared in a couple of classic "spaghetti westerns" in the mid-1960s and gained worldwide fame as the title character of Elio Petri's "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" (1970). A committed leftist, Volonte appeared in subsequent Petri outings such as "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" (1973) and a number of films by Francesco Rosi. He gave a finely nuanced portrayal of exiled, anti-fascist writer Carlo Levi in Rosi's "Christ Stopped at Eboli" (1979). Volonte's handful of English-language credits included films (in which he was billed as "John Wells") such as "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan" (1984);

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tirano Banderas (1993) Santos Banderas
2.
 Una Storia Semplice (1991) Professor Franzo
4.
 Open Doors (1990) Vito Difrancesco
5.
 Pestalozzis Berg (1989) Pestalozzi
6.
 Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1988) Cristo Bedoia
7.
 Oeuvre au noir, L' (1988) Zenon
8.
 Un Ragazzo di Calabria (1987) Felice
9.
 Moro Affair, The (1986) Aldo Moro
10.
 Actas de Marusia (1985) Gregorio--The Worker
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Milestones close milestones

1957:
Stage debut in Racine's "Phedre"
1960:
Film debut, "Sotto Dieci Bandiere/Under Ten Flags"

Education

Accademia Nazionale di Arti Drammatica: - 1957

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