Terence Hill – Italian Superstar

 Franck Dominique November 17, 2017

Terence Hill is a legendary Italian actor (born as Mario Girotti), who became famous for playing in Italian western movies (a.k.a spaghetti westerns) together with his friend and partner Bud Spencer.

Hill was born in Italy, in beautiful city of Venice. His dad was Italian and his mother was from Germany, so they lived in Lommatzsch for few years. His talent was recognized very early (when he was only 12) by a famous Italian director and filmmaker Dino Risi, and he soon started acting (his first movie was Holiday for Gangsters). Hill made over 27 films in Italy (that includes collaboration with great Luchino Visconti on a movie titled The Leopard).

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Soon Terence Hill went to Germany, and played in a TV adaptation of Karl May’s novels and in a series called Heimatfilmen. Until 1967, he was credited as Mario Girotti, and then he changed his name in a more international one – Terence Hill.The very same year, he played in a movie God Forgives, I Don’t, and received excellent reviews.

The story about his new western name is very popular. He was given 20 names, and 24 hours to choose the one he likes best. He decided to become Terence Hill because those initials were the same as his mother’s – her name was Hildegard Thieme.


Terence Hill and Bud Spencer

Next year he started the series of spaghetti westerns, with his friend Bud Spencer, and they became the dynamic duo, famous for excellent sense for comedy and western. They were incredibly famous in Italy, but became real celebrities abroad which resulted with a huge popularity of the whole western genre worldwide. These two starred in 18 movies together.

Their most popular titles during the 70’s were: Boot Hill, They Call Me Trinity and the sequel titled Trinity is Still My Name. In 1973 Terence Hill starred in My Name is Nobody alongside American legend Henry Fonda, and stated in various interviews, that this one was his personal favourite.

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Terrence Hill and Bud Spencer in Boot Hill

First American movies Terence Hill ever starred in were Mr. Billion and March or Die (both filmed in 1977). After this successful debut, he lived between Italy and America, and filmed parallel in both countries.

Terence Hill appeared in more than 60 movies, and majority of his roles includes westerns, action movies and comedies. He became a true brand, and a movie legend, often recognized as one half of “the Bud Spencer and Terence Hill duo”, since they have filmed many movies together.

The story about his western movies success is very popular and he often talks about it. He actually looked quite like Franco Nero, spaghetti western legend, so normally; directors wanted Hill to star in similar roles, which meant he was mainly casted for westerns with a comedy twist.

Terence Hill is still very active and he works as an actor, producer and writer. He is very famous and well respected, and also, considered a true living legend from Hollywood’s golden era. His children decided to follow in their father’s footsteps: Ross Hill and Jess Hill his children, are both pursuing their acting careers.

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Al Pacino Talks About His Ancestors From Sicily And His Reunion With Robert De Niro For A New Gangster Film

To play mafia characters, you must be a hundred percent Italian. Some people can argue with this, but a famous actor and recognized sex symbol, Al Pacino, is not among those individuals. The actor has a real-life link to famous “mafia” town of Corleone, which proves he is a true Sicilian.


I am all Italian”

Al Pacino, who became worldwide famous after playing the youngest son of Don Corleone in the iconic “The Godfather,” says he is all Italian. His grandparents came to New York City from a small town in Sicily, known as Corleone, which due to the famous movie has gained a status of a mafia stronghold.


Al Pacino’s father, Salvatore Pacino, is also from Sicily, from San Fratello. The famous actor often says that unlike the majority of people who call themselves true Italians, he is the one who really matches this statement.

In America, most everybody who’s Italian is half Italian. Except me. I’m all Italian. 

Early childhood and acting career

Al Pacino doesn’t like to talk a lot about his childhood, he simply says that he came from a poor family. His parents divorced when the boy was just 2 years old. Pacino had to drop school at the age of 17 to earn money for living. As a teenager, he worked as a clerk, waiter, and even janitor.

Nevertheless, Al Pacino always knew he would become an actor. His grandfather encouraged the boy in this interest. As a teen, Pacino spent hours watching movies and then acting out scenes from them. He enjoyed playing brave and successful men and dreamed to become the same kind of person.


After “The Godfather 2” came to the big screen, Al Pacino, who had been a relatively unknown actor at that moment, suddenly became rich and famous. Pacino’s co-stars in the iconic movie were Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. The young actor’s performance earned him an Academy Award nomination and a worldwide fame.

Al Pacino and De Niro will reunite for a new gangster movie

There is some great news for all fans. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro will reunite for a new gangster film directed by legendary Martin Scorsese. The upcoming film is named “The Irishman,” and it will be released by Netflix in 2019.



The movie critics comment that “The Irishman” is going to get Scorsese back to one of the most popular movie genres and reunite him with the actors he helped make iconic. The new gangster film will definitely become a new hit at least due to its “golden stars” cast, including “the man of a dream,” Al Pacino.

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