Sergio Leone

BirthDay:

03 Jan 1929

BirthPlace:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Bio:

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in Italy (usually making Biblical and Roman epics, much in vogue at the time). Towards the end of the 1950s he started writing screenplays, and began directing after taking over The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) in mid-shoot after its original director fell ill. His first solo feature, The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), was a routine Roman epic, but his second feature, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), a shameless remake of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), caused a revolution. Although it wasn't the first spaghetti Western, it was far and away the most successful, and shot former T.V. cowboy Clint Eastwood to stardom (Leone wanted Henry Fonda or Charles Bronson but couldn't afford them). The two sequels, For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), were shot on much higher budgets and were even more successful, though his masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), in which Leone finally worked with Fonda and Bronson, was mutilated by Paramount Pictures and flopped at the U.S. box office. He directed Once Upon a Time in the Revolution (1971) reluctantly, and turned down offers to direct The Godfather (1972) in favor of his dream project, which became Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He died in 1989 after preparing an even more expensive Soviet coproduction on the World War II siege of Leningrad.
Filmography

Actor ( 18 credits )

The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Il falso bugiardo (2008) Himself (archive footage)
Hoge bomen: Pioniers (2007)  Himself (segment "Giu La Testa") (1 episode, 2007)
I sogni nel mirino (2002) Himself (archive footage)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano (1985) Himself
American Masters (1985)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2000)
An Almost Perfect Affair (1979) Himself (uncredited)
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
Cineastas en México: Entrevista con Sergio Leone (1976) Himself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
What Did Stalin Do to Women? (1969)
For a Few Dollars More (1965) Whistling Bounty Hunter (voice) (uncredited)
Gala de l'union (1959)  Himself (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Milano miliardaria (1951) Extra (uncredited)
Il folle di Marechiaro (1950) American Soldier
Bicycle Thieves (1948) A Seminary Student (uncredited)
La bocca sulla strada (1941) Un bambino

Producer ( 7 credits )

Troppo forte (1986) executive producer (uncredited)
Bianco, rosso e Verdone (1981) executive producer (uncredited)
Fun Is Beautiful (1980) producer
Il giocattolo (1979) executive producer (uncredited)
Il gatto (1977) producer
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975) executive producer (uncredited)
My Name Is Nobody (1973) executive producer (uncredited)

Writer ( 15 credits )

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) (screenplay by) &
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975) (screenplay)
My Name Is Nobody (1973) (idea)
Duck, You Sucker (1971) (screenplay) &
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) (from a story by) &
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) (screenplay) &
For a Few Dollars More (1965) (screenplay) and
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) (screenplay) (as Jaime Comas) &
Le verdi bandiere di Allah (1963) (writer)
The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) (story and screenplay) and
Duel of the Titans (1961)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) (writer)
Sheba and the Gladiator (1959) (writer) and
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love (1958) (screenplay)
Leningrad (0) (original screenplay)

Director ( 13 credits )

The King of Ads (1991) (segments "Renault 18, " "Renault 19, ", "Glaces Gervais")
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975) (uncredited)
My Name Is Nobody (1973) (uncredited)
Duck, You Sucker (1971)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
The Changing of the Guard (1962) (some scenes) (uncredited)
The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) (uncredited)
We Stole a Tram (1956) (uncredited)