biography

Born Mario Girotti in Venice, Italy, on March 29, 1939, actor Terence Hill was born to a German mother and an Italian father, who was a chemist. Raised in Italy and Germany, he was discovered for films in Italy at the age of 13 and was cast in a small role in his first film Il viale della speranza (1953; with Marcello Mastroianni). Continuing to act throughout his teenage years, he enrolled at the University of Rome in 1957 while acting in films. Hill successfully made the transition from child actor to major spaghetti western star in the 1960s and 1970s. One of his first adult roles came in the romantic comedy Fast and Sexy (1958; with Gina Lollobrigida and Dale Robertson). Hill remained in supporting roles in such films as the adventures Hannibal (1959; with Victor Mature), Carthage in Flames (1960; with Anne Heywood), and Seven Seas to Calais (1962; with Rod Taylor and Anthony Dawson) into the mid 1960s. Dividing his time between Italy and Germany, Hill began to get noticed in several international hit films, including The Leopard (1963; with Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale) and Last of the Renegades (1964; with Lex Barker). At the age of 28, he finally landed his first starring role in the western comedy Little Rita of the West (1967; with Kirk Morris and Rita Pavone) and, finding a niche in spaghetti westerns, he officially changed his name to Terence Hill in 1967, with the release of God Forgives...I Don't (1967; with Bud Spencer).

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LEFT: Late 1950s portrait of Terence Hill. CENTER: Portrait from the late 1960s. RIGHT: A 1977 photo of Terence Hill

The successful pairing of Hill and Spencer in God Forgives...I Don't spurred a string of western comedy films for the duo, including Ace High (1968; with Eli Wallach and Kevin McCarthy), Boot Hill (1969; with Woody Strode), My Name Is Trinity (1970; with Farley Granger), and Trinity Is Still My Name! (1971; with Harry Carey Jr.). After the spaghetti western genre wound down in the 1970s, Hill left Italy for the U.S., starring in Mr. Billion (1977; with Valerie Perrine and Jackie Gleason) and March or Die (1977; with Gene Hackman and Catherine Deneuve).

the films of terence hill

Seven Seas to Calais (1962)

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From the Italian adventure Seven Seas to Calais with Rod Taylor

Flaming Frontier (1965)

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With Leticia Roman and Stewart Granger in the German western Flaming Frontier

God Forgives...I Don't (1967)

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Hill as Cat Stevens in the spaghetti western God Forgives...I Don't

Ace High (1968)

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With Bud Spencer in the spaghetti western comedy Ace High

Boot Hill (1969)

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With Bud Spencer in the spaghetti western comedy Boot Hill

My Name is Trinity (1970)

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From the western comedy My Name is Trinity. The Trinity films were wildly popular with early 1970s drive-in audiences

Man of the East (1972)

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Hill portrays Sir Thomas Moore, a man with no interest in the ways of the west who is taken in by three outlaws, in the western comedy Man of the East

My Name is Nobody (1973)

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From Sergio Leone's much-loved spaghetti western comedy My Name is Nobody. LEFT: With Henry Fonda. RIGHT: Hill as the title character

Mr. Billion (1977)

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From the 20th Century Fox comedy Mr. Billion. LEFT and CENTER: Hill as Guido Falcone. RIGHT: With Valerie Perrine

Crime Busters (1977)

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From the Italian-made (but shot in Florida) comedy Crime Busters with Bud Spencer

March or Die (1977)

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With Catherine Deneuve in the big budget war drama March or Die

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Into the 1980s, Terence Hill continued to act in comedies, including Super Fuzz (1980; with Joanne Dru and Ernest Borgnine), A Friend Is a Treasure (1981; with Bud Spencer), and Go for It (1983; with Bud Spencer and David Huddleston), all of which were shot in Florida. But by the end of the 1980s, Hill's film career was at a standstill. He attempted to revive it with Lucky Luke (1991; with Nancy Morgan), but during pre-production for the movie Hill's 16-year-old son Ross was killed in an accident near Hill's Massachusetts home. He acted little until 2000, when he was cast in the popular long-running Italian television series Don Matteo. Now 76 years old, Hill continues to act and, on occasion, write and direct. He divides his time between Italy and the U.S.

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filmography

FILMS
Triggerman (2009)
Doc West (2009) with Paul Sorvino
L'uomo che cavalcava nel buio (2009)
L'uomo che sognava con le aquile (2006)
Cyberflic (1997)
Troublemakers (1994) with Bud Spencer, Ruth Buzzi, and Ron Carey
Lucky Luke 2 (1991) with Nancy Morgan and Ron Carey
Lucky Luke (1991) with Nancy Morgan and Ron Carey
They Call Me Renegade (1987) with Robert Vaughn
Trinity: Good Guys and Bad Guys (1985) with Bud Spencer and Luke Halpin
Double Trouble (1984) with Bud Spencer
The World of Don Camillo (1984) with Mimsy Farmer and Lew Ayres
Go for It (1983) with Bud Spencer and David Huddleston
A Friend Is a Treasure (1981) with Bud Spencer
Super Fuzz (1980) with Ernest Borgnine and Joanne Dru
I'm for the Hippopotamus (1979) with Bud Spencer
Org (1979)
Trinity: Gambling for High Stakes (1978) with Bud Spencer and Jerry Lester
March or Die (1977) with Gene Hackman, Catherine Deneuve, and Max von Sydow
Crime Busters (1977) with Bud Spencer and David Huddleston
Mr. Billion (1977) with Valerie Perrine, Jackie Gleason, Slim Pickens, Chill Wills, Dick Miller, R.G. Armstrong, and Frances Heflin
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot (1975) with Patrick McGoohan, Rik Battaglia, and Klaus Kinski
Turn the Other Cheek (1974) with Bud Spencer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, and Robert Loggia
Watch Out, We're Mad (1974) with Bud Spencer and Donald Pleasence
My Name is Nobody (1973) with Henry Fonda, R.G. Armstrong, Leo Gordon, Steve Kanaly, and Geoffrey Lewis
All the Way Boys (1972) with Bud Spencer
Man of the East (1972) with Gregory Walcott
The Hassled Hooker (1972) with Martin Balsam
Trinity Is Still My Name (1971) with Bud Spencer and Harry Carey Jr.
Blackie the Pirate (1971) with Bud Spencer, George Martin, and Edmund Purdom
My Name Is Trinity (1970) with Bud Spencer and Farley Granger
The Wind's Fierce (1970) with Fernando Rey
Boot Hill (1969) with Woody Strode, Bud Spencer, Victor Buono, and Lionel Stander
Barbagia (1969) with Rosalba Neri
Ace High (1968) with Eli Wallach, Bud Spencer, and Kevin McCarthy
Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968) with Horst Frank
La feldmarescialla (1967) with Rita Pavone
God Forgives...I Don't (1967) with Bud Spencer and Frank Wolff
Io non protesto, io amo (1967)
Die Nibelungen, Teil 2: Kriemhilds Rache (1967) with Karin Dor, Herbert Lom, and Samson Burke
Little Rita of the West (1967) with Rita Pavone, Kirk Morris, and Gordon Mitchell
Die Nibelungen, Teil 1: Siegfried (1966) with Samson Burke
Flaming Frontier (1965) with Stewart Granger, Pierre Brice, Larry Pennell, and Leticia Roman
Ruf der Walder (1965)
Duel at Sundown (1965) with Peter van Eyck
Rampage at Apache Wells (1965) with Stewart Granger and Pierre Brice
Shots in 3/4 Time (1965) with Pierre Brice, Daliah Lavi, Anton Diffring, and Senta Berger
Frontier Hellcat (1964) with Stewart Granger, Pierre Brice, and Elke Sommer
Last of the Renegades (1964) with Lex Barker, Pierre Brice, Anthony Steel, Karin Dor, and Klaus Kinski
The Leopard (1963) with Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, and Giuliano Gemma
The Shortest Day (1962)
Seven Seas to Calais (1962) with Rod Taylor and Anthony Dawson
The Story of Joseph and His Brethren (1962) with Geoffrey Horne and Robert Morley
Pecado de amor (1961)
The Wonders of Aladdin (1961) with Donald O'Connor, Noelle Adam, Vittorio De Sica, and Michele Mercier
Un militare e mezzo (1960) with Virna Lisi and Robert Alda
Carthage in Flames (1960) with Anne Heywood
Hannibal (1959) with Victor Mature, Rita Gam, Rik Battaglia, and Bud Spencer
Juke Box of Love (1959)
Il padrone delle ferriere (1959) with Virna Lisi
Spavaldi e innamorati (1959)
Cerasella (1959)
Mary Magdalene (1958) with Yvonne De Carlo, Rossana Podesta, and Massimo Serato
Fast and Sexy (1958) with Gina Lollobrigida, Vittorio De Sica, and Dale Robertson
El Alamein (1958)
The Wide Blue Road (1957) with Yves Montand
Lazzarella (1957)
Guaglione (1956)
I vagabondi delle stelle (1956)
Mamma sconosciuta (1956)
Folgore Division (1955)
Abandoned (1955) with Isa Miranda
La vena d'oro (1955) with Marta Toren and Richard Basehart
Vacation with a Gangster (1954)
It Happened in the Park (1953) with Vittorio De Sica
Too Young for Love (1953)
Voice of Silence (1953)
Il viale della speranza (1953) with Marcello Mastroianni

TELEVISION SERIES
Un passo dal cielo, 2011-present RAI TV series. Hill portrayed Pietro
Don Matteo, 2000-2014 RAI TV series. Hill portrayed the title character

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