Born: 2 September 1938, Rome, Italy.
Gemma's career in movies started as a stuntman, and due to his athleticism, he was soon cast in some of the more physically demanding roles in the Sword-and-Sandal genre. From this he was then given lead roles in Westerns, most notably Tessari's 'A Pistol for Ringo', where he continued to perform his own stunts.
He was particularly prolific during the heyday of the Spaghetti Western. His characters tend to reflect more the clean-cut traditional western hero, as opposed the anti-hero more associated with the genre. In fact, for his earliest westerns the Italian roots where disguised by the use of Anglicized pseudonyms, Guiliano Gemma becoming 'Montgomery Wood'.
Another star that was well know in his native Europe - the 'Ringo' character being particularly popular in France - but was virtually unheard of on the other side of the Atlantic. He was once given the opportunity to work with John Huston and George C.Scott in 'The Last Run', but sadly other commitments prevented this.
Gemma now works as a sculptor.Spaghetti credentials:
Adios Gringo (1965)
Arizona Colt (1965)
Blood for a Silver Dollar (1965)
Pistol for Ringo (1965)
Fort Yuma Gold (1966)
Return of Ringo (1966)
Day of Anger (1967)
Long Days of Vengeance (1967)
Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (1968)
Alive or Preferably Dead (1969)
Price of Power (1969)
Ben and Charlie (1970)
White, the Yellow and the Black (1974)
Silver Saddle (1978)
Tex and the Lord of the Deep (1985)