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Anthony Steffen

Anthony Steffen

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1929-07-21 · Deathday: 2004-06-04 (74 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Rome, Lazio, Italy

61 Movies

Also Known As: Antônio Luiz de Teffé

Biography

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

2018.

1 Movie

1991.

1 Movie

1985.

1 Movie

1983.

1 Movie

1980.

2 Movies

1979.

3 Movies

1976.

1 Movie

1975.

3 Movies

1974.

5 Movies

1973.

2 Movies

1972.

3 Movies

1971.

2 Movies

1970.

4 Movies

1969.

3 Movies

1968.

6 Movies

1967.

2 Movies

1966.

5 Movies

1965.

4 Movies

1964.

1 Movie

1963.

2 Movies

1962.

1 Movie

1960.

1 Movie

1959.

2 Movies

1958.

2 Movies

1956.

1 Movie

1955.

1 Movie

1953.

1 Movie
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