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Gian Maria Volontè


“For me there is the need to understand the cinema as a means of mass communication, as well as theater and television. Being an actor is a matter of choice: either you can express the conservative structures of society and settle for being a robot in the hands of power or you can try to establish a revolutionary relationship between art and life.”



Milan-born actor/political activist Gian Maria Volontè was trained at the Academia Nazionale de Arti Drammatica. Volontè’s first film appearance was in the internationally produced Under Ten Flags (1960). He gained worldwide prominence with his apolitical performances in such spaghetti westerns as A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965), then increasingly wore his left-leaning heart on his sleeve in the films of such like-minded directors as Elio Petri and Francesco Rosi. He played the police inspector in Petri’s Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970), and was seen in the Rosi-directed Lucky Luciano (1973) in the title role, and in Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979) as famed antifascist author Carlo Levi. Shortly before his death at the age of 61, Volontè appeared in Banderas the Tyrant (1994). —allmovie guide 


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