Giuliano Gemma

Giuliano Gemma (2 September 1938 – 1 October 2013) was an Italian actor.[1] He is best known internationally for his work in Spaghetti Westerns, particularly for his performances as the title character in Duccio Tessari's A Pistol for Ringo (1965), Captain Montgomery Brown/'Ringo' in Tessari's The Return of Ringo (1965), the title character in Michele Lupo's Arizona Colt (1966), Scott Mary in Tonino Valerii's Day of Anger (1967) and Michael "California" Random in Lupo's California (1977).

Giuliano Gemma
Gemma in 2008, celebrating his 70th birthday
Born(1938-09-02)2 September 1938
Died1 October 2013(2013-10-01) (aged 75)
Other namesMontgomery Wood
OccupationActor, stuntman, sculptor
Years active1958–2013


Born in Rome, Gemma first worked as a stuntman, then was offered real acting parts by director Duccio Tessari, starting with the film Arrivano i titani (1962). He also made an appearance in Luchino Visconti's Il Gattopardo as Garibaldi's General. Gemma later went on to star in Spaghetti Westerns in films such as A Pistol for Ringo (Una pistola per Ringo),[1] Blood for a Silver Dollar[2] (Un dollaro bucato), Wanted[3] and Day of Anger (I giorni dell'ira). He was sometimes credited as Montgomery Wood.[1] Giuliano Gemma's career survived the demise of the genre, and he remained active on Italian television.

Gemma played in a variety of movies, including art-house offerings such as Valerio Zurlini's The Desert of the Tartars[1] (Il deserto dei tartari) in 1976. The same year, Gemma won a David di Donatello, the Italian equivalent of the Oscar, for his portrayal of Major Matiss in The Desert of Tartars.[1]

Gemma also starred in a web comic named "Man Born Again" (2012) by Eclypsed Word.[4]

His daughter, Vera Gemma, is also an actress. Giuliano Gemma also worked as a sculptor.

On 1 October 2013, Gemma died following a car accident in Cerveteri, near Rome. He was taken to a hospital in Civitavecchia and pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Two other passengers, a man and his son, were also injured in the accident.[5]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Sandra Brennan (2008). "Giuliano Gemma". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2008-04-03.
  2. ^ Clarke Fountain (2016). "One Silver Dollar". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ Robert Firsching (2015). "Wanted". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2015-05-28.
  4. ^ "Giuliano Gemma in Man Born Again". Official "Man Born Again" website. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Incidente stradale a Cerveteri muore l'attore Giuliano Gemma". (in Italian). 1 October 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2022.

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