Francesco Clemente Giuseppe Sparanero, known professionally as Franco Nero, is an Italian actor, producer, and director. His breakthrough role was as the title character in the Spaghetti Western film Django (1966), which made him a pop culture icon and launched an international career that includes over 200 leading and supporting roles in a wide variety of films and television programmes.His best-known films include The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966), Camelot (1967), The Day of the Owl (1968), The Mercenary (1968), Battle of Neretva (1969), Tristana (1970), Compañeros (1970), The Fifth Cord (1971), High Crime (1973), Street Law (1974), Keoma (1976), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Enter the Ninja (1981), Die Hard 2 (1990), Letters to Juliet (2010), Cars 2 (2011) , and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). Nero is noted for having worked in many of the popular Italian "genre trends" during the 1960s and 1970s, including poliziotteschi, gialli, and Spaghetti Westerns. Nero is also known for his ties to the Redgrave family, and has had a long-standing relationship with Vanessa Redgrave, which began during the filming of Camelot. They were married in 2006, and are the parents of the actor Carlo Gabriel Nero.
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