Sergio Leone

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
Often directly associated with the Spaghetti Western, director Sergio Leone was by no means the inventor of the sub-genre, but did more than any other Italian director to popularize it overseas, particularly in the ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1921 in Italy

Filmography

Writer (14)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Duck, You Sucker 1971 (Movie)

(From Story)

Duck, You Sucker 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Once Upon a Time in the West 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

Once Upon a Time in the West 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 1968 (Movie)

Story (Story By)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

For a Few Dollars More 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

For a Few Dollars More 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Colosssus of Rhodes 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gli Ultimi giorni di Pompei 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sign of the Gladiator 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (9)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Duck, You Sucker 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Once Upon a Time in the West 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

For a Few Dollars More 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

A Fistful of Dollars 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Sodoma e Gomorra 1961 (Movie)

(Italian version) (Director)

The Colosssus of Rhodes 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Gli Ultimi giorni di Pompei 1958 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Producer (2)

Bianco Rosso e Verdone 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Il Gatto 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

Often directly associated with the Spaghetti Western, director Sergio Leone was by no means the inventor of the sub-genre, but did more than any other Italian director to popularize it overseas, particularly in the United States. Leone entered filmmaking at the height of popularity for Sword-and-Sandal epics of the 1950s, making his solo directorial debut with "The Colossus of Rhodes" (1961). Once that genre fell out of favor over the massive budgets, he joined a group of Italian directors who reinvented the Western, turning the genre on its head with films that were gritty, violent and often darkly humorous. For his part, Leone employed a number of techniques like extreme close-ups, rapid-fire editing, punctuated score, and laconic characters in a trilogy of films - "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964), "For a Few Dollars More" (1966) and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967) - that reshaped the modern Western and turned a little-known actor named Clint Eastwood into a star. All three films were derided by critics for their then-excessive violence while also becoming major international box office hits. Leone followed with what many felt was his Western masterpiece, "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968), and later spent over 10 years making his four-and-a-half hour long gangster epic, "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984). When he died in 1989, Leone left behind a legacy as a pioneering director whose influence was felt throughout generations while inspiring a permanent shift of the cultural landscape.

Relationships

Andrea Leone

Daughter

Francesca Leone

Daughter

Raffaela Leone

Daughter

Carla Leone

Wife
married in 1960

Vincenzo Leone

Father

EDUCATION

attended law school in Rome

Milestones

1984

Last major directorial effort, "Once Upon a Time in America"

1973

Credited with the story idea for "My Name Is Nobody"

1964

Achieved international success with the first installment in his "Man with No Name" trilogy, "A Fistful of Dollars" (under the pseudonym Bob Robertson), starring Clint Eastwood

1961

Directed first credited feature film, "The Colossus of Rhodes"

1959

Replaced ailing Mario Bonnard as director (also co-screenwriter) on "Last Days of Pompeii" starring Steve Reeves; refused to accept screen credit

1959

1948

Acted in Vittorio De Sica's landmark classic of neorealism, "The Bicycle Thief"

1947

Worked as an assistant to Italian and American filmmakers (Mervyn LeRoy, Raoul Walsh, William Wyler) in Italy

First credit as co-screenwriter, "Nel segno di Roma/Sign of the Gladiator"

Headed his own production company, Rafran Cinematografica

Worked as an assistant director on such American productions as "Helen of Troy" (1956), "The Nun's Story", "Ben Hur" (both 1959)

Briefly moved to France in the late 1970s

Worked as assistant to Robert Aldrich on "Sodom and Gomorrah"

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