Born Antonio Luiz de Teffé von Hoonholtz at the Brazilian embassy in Rome, in the Pamphilj Palace, his family had noble blood of a long lineage of Count (von Hoonholtz) originally from Prussia; his great grandfather was the Great Baron of Tefé. Steffen was the first born among Manoel de Teffe' von Hoonholtz's children (followed by Federico de Teffe' and Melissa de Teffe'), who was a Formula One racing champion and later a Brazilian Ambassador. Steffen's grandaunt was Nair de Tefé von Hoonholtz, the first female caricaturist of Brazil and wife of Brazilian President Hermes Fonseca. While still a teenager Steffen, then known as Antonio, fought in World War II along the Italian partisans against the Nazis. Later and under the name Antonio de Teffé, he worked behind the scenes in several Italian productions in the early 1950s and later acted in several movies, but never really achieving stardom. In 1962, he had a bit part in Sodom and Gomorrah. An early appearance of his was in the 1955 Gli Sbandati. From 1965 to 1975, the newly named Anthony Steffen achieved considerable fame in Europe, amassing cult status, starring in 27 Spaghetti Westerns. Considered to be an "Italian Clint Eastwood", he was sometimes unfairly criticized for being a stiff or wooden actor. Several of his movies were sizeable box office hits in Europe. Django the Bastard (aka Stranger's Gundown, 1969) a movie that was produced and written by Steffen, is considered to be an inspiration for Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter. In several of his movies, Steffen starred alongside other Spaghetti Western luminaries such as Gianni Garko, Peter Lee Lawrence, and William Berger. Outside of the Spaghetti western genre, Steffen also appeared in several Giallo movies including The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971). His roles and status diminished as the Spaghetti Western genre fell into decline. Amassing a considerable fortune from his career as an actor, Steffen embarked on a jet set lifestyle. In his career Steffen performed alongside Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Elke Sommer, Giuliano Gemma, Franco Nero, Gian Maria Volonté, Esmeralda Barros and many other stars of the American and Italian cinema. Always considered a huge star in Brazil because of the Spaghetti Western popularity in the South American country, Steffen returned to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the decade of 1980, until dying of cancer in 2004. He has maintained cult-status among fans of Italian Cinema for being perhaps the most prolific Spaghetti Western Leading actor.
Movies & TV shows
Doses of Horror
"In an asylum, patients were subjected to watching horror films for psychiatric study... but they all went mad and now those films have been unearthed!" claims the product description. In reality, the...
Malù e l'amante
Joelle (Malú) lives on a large estate with her crippled husband, Il conte (Anthony Steffen). Just as he begins to feel he can't match up to his wife's sexual needs, his wife's ex-lover, Charles (Kiera...
Momentos de Prazer e Agonia
A small-town school teacher leads an apparently normal life, including a longtime boyfriend. But she secretly has several lesbian affairs until the women in her life start being brutally murdered.
Escape from Hell
A women's prison camp is located deep in the tropical rain forest. Sadistic guards and a warden from hell make life almost unbearable for the inmates, and any infraction of the rules is dealt with swi...
At a female prison located deep within the deadly South American jungles, a group of woman are forced to mine for valuable emeralds for the local corrupt government. A group of new prisoners on the wa...
Eva is a singer in a Noah's Ark themed nightclub, where the guests wear animal masks. She sings about a doomed love affair between a lion tamer and a lion. She is approached by a stranger who claims t...
Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.
There is a room at the motel designed for sexual activities. There is a habit of photographing sex act engines and extorting the parties concerned. The situation is changing one day when a killer with...
People around Peter Crane begin dying in mysterious fashion. How is Playboy Peter involved in this? He begins having nightmares dealing with murder...His psychiatrist has no idea of what Peter is suff...
Thinly sketched portrayal of Maria, a sixteen year old girl who is resentful of her mother's decision to live with her lover. She flirts with the lover and eventually succumbs to his lust.
A Diary of a Murderess
A young woman is interested in an older millionaire. She moves into his mansion with him after having sex with him. After she gets rid of him, she goes after his child.
Starting as an investigation, the film begins with the discovery of a murdered young woman. Gradually we go back in time to realize that this crime is altogether the logical continuation of a philosop...
The Killer with a Thousand Eyes
A special detective is sent to Lisbon in order to investigate a series of murders. After looking into the murders, our hero realises that they are somehow linked to an illegal drug smuggling operation...
Dallas tries to regain his father's farm which he lost in a card game with Kelly. But Kelly is now dead and his daughter, Glenda, doesn't know how to play poker. There are also rumors of a hidden trea...
Seven legendary outlaws face a rival gang.
The Killers Are Our Guests
After a bungled diamond heist a trio of killers take refuge at the home of a country doctor and force him at gunpoint to attend to their mortally wounded colleague. They abuse the doctor and take sexu...
Donna Costanza is married to a New Jersey mafia boss. During their 10 year wedding anniversary party he is shot and killed. His dying words to her are "Giarratana from Palermo". Costanza takes a trip ...
Fuzzy the Hero
Shosena, a clever bank robber, is associated with "Jaguar" to take a big hit. They think the town where the bank owned dock Koven, a man who has against all the farmers of the place. His only son, Geo...
Tropic of Cancer
A couple on holiday in Haiti become involved in a series of savage murders linked to a doctors a new invention, a drug with extreme side effects.
The Crimes of the Black Cat
A blind pianist tries to figure out who is responsible for a string of murders by using a black cat with its caws dipped in curare.
They Believed He Was No Saint
A bunch of outlaws awaits the release from prison of an old goldminer, believed to have hidden 28 sacks of gold 20 years before... They all want the old man to speak, but only one of them will fulfill...
Django is on the trail of some renegade outlaws who raped and killed his wife. En route, he rescues a horse thief from an impromptu hanging. He discovers the man knows who committed the murder. The me...
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave
A wealthy English lord is suffering a mental breakdown following the death of his red-headed wife, Evelyn, whom he feared was cheating on him. He tours local bars and dives, looking for red-heads who ...
A Man Called Apocalypse Joe
Travelling actor and gunman Joe Clifford inherits a gold mine from his uncle. Returning to claim the mine, he finds town boss Berg, his uncle's murderer, controls it instead. Clifford sets about aveng...
Arizona Colt Returns
When a $1,000 reward is put on the bounty hunter's head for a stagecoach robbery he didn't commit, he becomes the hunted in this action-packed sequel.
Sabata the Killer
After giving a ride to a man who recently ripped-off his thieving business partner, Sabata and his buddy are unaware that a group of men have been hired to kill them and bring back the loot!
A former Confederate officer and his gang of criminals are trying to take over a local border town in search of gold, and they are facing off against a Texas Ranger.
No Room To Die
Mexican's are being smuggled over the border to work as cheap labour for wealthy land baron Fargo. Two bounty hunters may have to team up to achieve their goals, because his gang is made up of known c...
Django the Bastard
A Union soldier returns from the dead to take revenge on three officers who betrayed his unit in battle.
Dead Are Countless
Johnny was mentally traumatised when he witnessed as a child the killing of his father (a deserter) by a group of soldiers. As an adult he randomly kills every soldier he gets hold of, so that the arm...
A Stranger in Paso Bravo
After spending many years in prison, Gary returns to Paso Bravo, where thugs burned his ranch killing his wife and daughter. Gary seeks revenge, and also finds a people who live terrorized by a group ...
Gunman Sent by God
Anthony Steffen, as a young gunman who works as a circus performer, witnesses the killing of some outlaws, carried out by their leader and is credited with the deed. Steffen suffers from a complex whi...
Man Who Cried for Revenge
Davy Flannigan (Steffen) lost all his memory of what happened during the war because he was double crossed and shot in the head. When he returns to his hometown Dixie, he's wanted for war crimes. Judg...
Dead Men Don't Count
In a lawless town ruled by racketeering lawmen, the bounty hunters were wrongly accused of murder.
Western, Italian Style
A featurette (most likely shot for American television) about the Spaghetti Western genre during the late 60's and how it had affected Italy at that particular point in time. Contains behind-the-scene...
Train for Durango
2 buddy adventurers witness a train-robbery and are then hunting the robbed gold and they also robbed Helen.
The ruthless and cruel Captain Ramirez hunts down and kills revolutionaries in his search for The Saint, the righteous leader of the Mexican insurrection against the Federales.
In a disputed border town, the US Army waits for word from Washington as to the rightful country it belongs, while dealing with a rowdy pack of Mexican soldier/bandits. Into the mix rides seemingly my...
Ringo, the Mark of Vengeance
Director Mario Caiano, best known for horror films like Amanti d' Oltretomba, co-wrote this much-parodied spaghetti western. Another in a long line of films titled for Lorne Greene's 1964 hit song "Ri...
An Angel for Satan
At the end of the 19th century, in a little Italian village by a lake an old statue is recovered. Soon a series of crimes start and the superstitious people of the village believe that the statue carr...
$1,000 on the Black
Johnny Liston has just been released from prison where he has wrongly served twelve years for a murder. He returns to Campos, the village of his birth, where the whole town is terrorized by Johnny's b...
A Few Dollars for Django
Django, bounty killer, hunter and repentant bandit wants to start a new life. No more bullets and blood, after years of killing and horror. Django wants to replace the sherrif and restore law and orde...
Seven Dollars on the Red
A little boy is abducted by ruthless bandit gang leader El Cachal after Cachal and his men butcher the boy's family with the exception of his father. Johnny Ashley, the gunslinger father of the boy, g...
Lone and Angry Man
Shenandoah (Steffen) works his way into a band of highwaymen led by Rojo (Armando Calvo). His initiation consists of hunting down and killing a member of the gang who has 12 bullets while he is only g...
Blood at Sundown
A young deserter from the army returns to the place where his father has been killed by a family of Mexican landowners. The task is not easy as he is alone in his efforts to avenge his father's death....
The Last Tomahawk
As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua. Fig...
Avventura al motel
A series of sketches about people who have illicit affairs in a motel: among them a starlet and a pilot, two bit Casanovas, an industry manager and his secretary.
Revenge of the Black Knight
La Cieca Di Sorrento (also known as Revenge of the Black Knight is a 1963 cloak and dagger film directed by Nick Nostro and based on the novel of the same name by Francesco Mastriani. Masked knights ...
The Jukebox Kids
When a promising record company president is arrested, his daughter takes over his company to promote her own rock and roll music by promoting various young singers.
The Devil's Cavaliers
Captain Richard and a small band of soldiers return home to France to discover the country ruled by horrible nobility.
City at Night
A young girl falls in love with an actor. She persuades her father to support his acting company, but when she discovers him with another girl she runs away. Then everybody try to find her.
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love
The movie shows a time in the ancient Rome history when Nero was the emperor and the Christians were persecution. The story is about Antigonus's plan to build a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodi...
Castle of the Banned Lovers
The beautiful Beatrice Cenci, daughter of the noble Francesco, falls in love with Olimpio. But she has to face the jealousy of his violent and morbid father, and the hostility of his stepmother Lucrez...
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