Category Archives: Black Actors in Italy

Here we take a look at all the black actors who worked in Italy

Jean Pierre Faye

It’s been a while, but continuing our on / off look at the history and career of black actors in Italy (and occasionally veering wider into other parts of Europe as well!).  And this time, we’re taking a look at … Continue reading

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Lei Ilima

As a postscript to my look at the career of Jean Pierre Faye, here’s a brief mention of Lei Ilima.  Ms Ilima appeared in just two films. In Jungle Girl and the Slaver (57) she played the girlfriend of Tanga, the Jungle … Continue reading

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Daniel Jones

Another in our on off guide to black actors in Italian cinema, this time it’s the turn of: Daniel Jones. Continue reading

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John Kitzmiller

John Kitzmiller was one of the most prominent Afro-American actors to work in Italy during the post war period.  Born in Michigan in 1913, he first came to Europe as a soldier during the liberation of Italy, winning a Victory … Continue reading

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Marc Hannibal

Marc Hannibal was an American actor and singer who appeared in a single Italian film, Alfonso Brescia’s extremely silly Superuomini, superdonne, superbotte (75). Continue reading

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Edith Peters

Edith Peters was one of the many black performers who complemented their careers in the popular nightclubs and revues of the time with the occassional bit part roles on screen. Continue reading

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Fernando Piazza

Fernando Piazza was one of the more obscure black actors to ply their trade in Cinecitta in the 60s. His first credited performance, as far as I can make out, was in Domenico Paolella’s entertaining historical adventure The Women of Devil’s Island Continue reading

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James Sampson

James Sampson was a familiar face in Italian exploitation films of the 1980s. He never had big roles, being more the kind of actor who would pop up for thirty seconds before dropping out of the picture… Continue reading

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Hazel Rogers

Here’s a name that was unfamiliar to me until watching the 1959 Alberto Sordi vehicle, Il moralista, directed by Giorgio Bianchi.  Hazel Rogers has a small part as one of a trio of dancers Sordi – playing a public censor … Continue reading

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Jim Gaines

Jim Gaines is an African-American actor, born in Hawaii in 1955, who came to prominence in a series of Filipino action films Continue reading

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