Paolo Stoppa

Born: 6 June 1906, Rome, Italy
Died: 1 May 1988, Rome Italy

One cannot contemplate the history of Italian Cinema without considering the career of Paolo Stoppa - from the early thirties into the eighties his output as a character actor was vast, making him an institution.

In Luchino Visconti's 'The Leopard' (1963) he played Don Calogero Sedara, father to Claudia Cardinale's Angelica Sedara. The two teamed up again five years later to take the memorable horse-drawn ride through Monument Valley in Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in the West'. His role as Sam was to be his only entry to the genre, but it is only fitting that this accomplished actor should appear, albeit briefly, in what can be considered just one more masterpiece of Italian Cinema to add to his resumé.

Spaghetti credentials:
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)