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Gian Maria Volonté

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Gian Maria Volonté (April 9, 1933 – December 6, 1994) was an Italian actor known for his flexibility as an interpreter, his outspoken left-wing leanings, and his fierce temper on and off the set. Outside of Italy, he is perhaps best known for his roles in four Spaghetti Western films: Ramón Rojo in Sergio Leone‘s A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and El Indio in Leone’s For a Few Dollars More (1965), El Chuncho Munoz in Damiano Damiani‘s A Bullet for the General (1966), and Professor Brad Fletcher in Sergio Sollima‘s Face to Face (1967).

In Italy and much of Europe, he was known for his roles in high-profile social dramas depicting the political and social upheavals of 1960s and 1970s Italian and European society, including four films directed by Elio PetriWe Still Kill the Old Way (1967), Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971), and Todo modo (1973). (1976). In addition, he is known for his roles in Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge (1970), Giuliano Montaldo’s Sacco & Vanzetti (1971), and Francesco Rosi‘s Christ Stopped at Eboli.

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