Leonard Mann (actor)

Leonardo Manzella (born March 1, 1947), best known as Leonard Mann, is an American social worker, writer, and former actor. He played numerous leading roles in Italian genre films between 1969 and 1989, especially in Spaghetti westerns and poliziotteschi.[2]

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Leonardo Manzella

(1947-03-01) March 1, 1947 (age 73)
Albion, New York, U.S.[1]
OccupationSocial worker, writer
Years active1969-1989

He was discovered by film-producer Manolo Bolognini as he was walking along Via Veneto and Bolognini, impressed by his face that reminded him of Franco Nero and Terence Hill, immediately put him on the screen, launching his career with the leading role of Sebastian in The Forgotten Pistolero.[3] Since retiring from showbusiness in 1989, he has worked as a social worker and therapist for the Los Angeles Unified School District[4] in addition to a private practice San Luis Obispo.[5] A vocal advocate of prison reform, he has written and produced a play, Cages, about his experiences working with inmates.[6]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968–1980. McFarland. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-476-61208-9.
  2. ^ Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli Attori. Gremese Editore, 2003. p. 19. ISBN 8884402697.
  3. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. p. 381. ISBN 88-04-57277-9.
  4. ^ https://www.newtimesslo.com/archive/2003-10-22/archives/cov_stories_2000/cov_03302000.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/leonard-manzella-san-luis-obispo-ca/97794. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-01-04. Retrieved 2019-09-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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