Franco Nero stars in Disney • Pixar's animated movie "Cars 2" as the voice of Uncle Topolino. Nero also recently starred in "Letters to Juliet," opposite Amanda Seyfried and his wife, Vanessa Redgrave.

A captivating international actor who can play both leading men and character roles, Nero was born in San Prospero, Emilia-Romagna, and grew up in Bedonia and in Milan. He studied briefly at the Economy and Trade faculty of the local university, before leaving to study at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Franco Nero lives in Montana near Billings in Yellowstone County and owns a horse farm with his wife.

His first film role was a small part in "La Ragazza in Prestito" (1964), and he had his first lead role in Sergio Corbucci's "Django" (1966), a Spaghetti Western and one of his best known films. In 1966 from "Django" he went on to appear in eight more films released that year including "Texas, Addio" (1967) and "Tempo di Massacro."

In 1967, he appeared in his first English-language film, "Camelot," as Lancelot, where he met his long time romantic partner, and later on in life his wife, Vanessa Redgrave. Following this he appeared in the mafia film "Il Giorno Della Civetta," opposite Claudia Cardinale, released in 1968.

A lack of proficiency in English tended to limit these roles, although he also appeared in other English-language films including "The Virgin and the Gypsy" (1970), "Force 10 from Navarone" (1978), "Enter the Ninja" (1981) and "Die Hard 2" (1990).

Although often typecast in films like "Los Amigos" (1972) or "Keoma" (1976), he has attempted an impressive range of characters, such as Abel in John Huston's epic "The Bible: In The Beginning" (1966), the humiliated engineer out for revenge in "Street Law," and the gay lieutenant in "Querelle" (1982). He has appeared in over 150 films, and has written, produced and starred in one: "Jonathan Degli Orsi" (1993).

More recently, he starred in Hungarian director Gábor Koltay's "Honfoglalás" ("Conquest") in 1996, and subsequently in Koltay's "Sacra Corona" ("Holy Crown") in 2001.

His romantic involvement with British actress Vanessa Redgrave began in 1967 when they met on the set of "Camelot." In 1969, they had a son, Carlo Gabriel Sparanero (known professionally as Carlo Nero), a screenwriter and director. After separating for many years, during which they both had relationships with other people, they reunited and married on December 31, 2006. Carlo Nero directed Vanessa Redgrave in the cinematic adaptation of Wallace Shawn's play "The Fever."

Nero walked his stepdaughter Natasha Richardson down the aisle when she married actor Liam Neeson. Richardson died on March 18, 2009, due to a skiing-related head injury.

In 1987, while filming in Cartagena, Colombia, Nero was involved in an affair with Mauricia Mena and fathered a son named Franquito.


How tall is he? How old is he? Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: 75 years old
Birthday: November 23, 1941
Height: 5' 11"
Full Name / Real Name: Francesco Sparanero
Birthplace: San Lazzaro, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Hometown: Bedonia and Milan, Italy
Current Residence: Montana
Wife: Vanessa Redgrave (12/31/2006, 1 child)

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