Sergio Leone Net Worth

Sergio Leone Net Worth is
$10 Million

Sergio Leone Biography

Who’s Sergio Leone: Sergio Leone was an Italian film movie director, manufacturer and screenwriter. He was known for his severe long close-up pictures in western-style films. Early Lifestyle (Youth): He was a kid of movie director Leone Roberto Roberti and celebrity Edvige Valcarenghi. He was actually delivered in the movie theater; growing viewing his father’s function in film pieces. He began his own profession on the market at age 18. Interesting Specifics: He was sued by Japanese movie director Akira kuroswa for remaking his YOJIMBO (1961) without copyright contracts. That the production firm had to pay out $100,000, and 15% of container office earnings. Personal Lifestyle: Sergio Leone was gladly wedded to Carla Leone. He previously three beautiful kids with her specifically Francesca, Raffaella and Andrea Leone. Accomplishment: His film, a long time ago in the us was nominated in BAFTA Honours and Golden World in 1984. He received the American Prize in memory, in the Italy-USA base in 2014. Rumor: He controversially baited his previous collaborator, Clint Eastwood who was simply a more effective director, by declaring that Robert De Niro was a genuine “professional,” unlike Eastwood. Sergio Leone Net Value: Sergio Leone was an Italian film movie director, manufacturer, and screenwriter who had a net value of $10 million. Sergio Leone was created in Rome, Lazio, Italy in January 1929 and passed on in Apr 1989. Leone was from the Spaghetti Traditional western film genre. His film-making designs included severe close-ups and extended long pictures. Sergio’s dad was movie theater pioneer Vincenzo Leone and his mom was a silent film celebrity Edvige Valcarenghi. He began employed in film at 18 after he slipped out of college. He became an associate for Vittorio de Sica for The Bike Thief in 1948. Leone offered as another unit movie director of assistant movie director for the movies The Fighting with each other Gladiator, Outlaw Female, The Three Pirates, Helen of Troy, THE FINAL Times of Pompeii, Ben-Hur, Sodom and Gomorrah, and I am No one. He was article writer, director, and/or manufacturer for the movies Aphrodite, Goddess of Like, Sheba as well as the Gladiator, THE FINAL Times of Pompeii, The Seven Revenges, Duel from the Titans, For the Fistful of Dollars, THE NICE, the Bad as well as the Ugly, A long time ago in the Western world, as soon as Upon a period in the us. Leone caused the recurring stars Clint Eastwood, Mario Brega, Aldo Sambrell, Benito Stefanelli, Antonio Molino Rojo, Lorenzo Robiedo, and Franka Brana amongst others. He was nominated for Greatest Director for A long time ago in the us for both a Golden World and a BAFTA Honor. Sergio Leone passed on on Apr 30, 1989 at 60 years aged from a coronary attack.

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Quick Facts

Full NameSergio Leone
Date Of BirthJanuary 3, 1929
DiedApril 30, 1989, Rome, Italy
Height1.73 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Actor
SpouseCarla Leone
ChildrenFrancesca Leone, Raffaella Leone, Andrea Leone
ParentsBice Waleran, Roberto Roberti
AwardsDavid di Donatello for Best Director, David di Donatello René Clair Award
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director, BAFTA Award for Best Direction
MoviesThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in America, Duck, You Sucker!, My Name Is Nobody, The Colossus of Rhodes, The Last Days of Pompeii, A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe, Bianco, rosso e Verdone, A Dangerous Toy, Sign of Rome, Duel of the Titans, Slave Girls of Sheba, The Cat, They Stole a Tram, Fabiola, Frine, Courtesan of Orient

Interesting Facts

1He developed a passion for Havana cigars after being introduced to them by writer/collaborator Luciano Vincenzoni.
2Leone devised a western called A Place Only Mary Knows that he cowrote with Luca Morsella, and Fabio Toncelli. It is speculated to have been Leone's last western and was to have starred Mickey Rourke and Richard Gere as the two main leads. Set during the height of the American Civil War, the story focused on a Union drafter, Mike Kutcher from Georgia, whose job is to enroll men into the Union army. The other is Richard Burns, a Southern shady businessman transplanted to the North after a successful heist with his ex-lover and partner, Mary. Searching for the buried treasure left behind in an unmarked grave outside Atlanta in "A Place Only Mary Knows". Joined by a freed slave and an Italian immigrant, Francesco, who arrives via the port of Boston, they try desperately to avoid the battles of the ongoing war between the states.The film was to have been a homage to classic writers from literature such as - Edgar Lee Masters (Spoon River Anthology), Ambrose Bierce (An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge), Mark Twain (A Military Campaign that Failed), Stephen Crane (The Red Badge of Courage), and Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), of whose novel he had wanted to film a remake. Although the written treatment never got turned into a full screenplay, Leone's son Andrea had it published in a June 2004 issue of the Italian cinema magazine Ciak. It is unsure if the treatment's publication will ever lead to a full production in America or Italy.
3President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 45th Venice International Film Festival in 1988.
4In his later years, Leone had a falling out of sorts with Clint Eastwood. When Leone directed Once Upon a Time in America (1984), he commented that Robert De Niro was a real actor, unlike Eastwood. This may have been in response to Eastwood declining to play the Irish police detective in the aforementioned film, according to one biography. However, the two made amends and reconciled before Leone's death. When Eastwood when an Oscar for Unforgiven (1992), Leone was one of the two directors whom Eastwood dedicated his award to (the other was Don Siegel) and the film contains the dedication "To Sergio & Don" before the end credits roll.
5Leone was an early choice to direct Flash Gordon (1980). Leone was a fan of the original Alex Raymond comic strip, but turned down the film because the script did not resemble Raymond's work.
6While finishing work on Once Upon a Time in America (1984) in 1982, Leone was impressed with Harrison Salisbury's non-fiction book The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad, and he planned on adapting the book as a war epic. Although no formal script had been completed or leaked, Leone came up with the opening scene and basic plot. According to the documentary Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone (2001), the film opened in medias res as the camera goes from focusing on a Russian hiding from the Nazis' artillery fire to panning hundreds of feet away to show the German Panzer divisions approaching the walls of the city. The plot was to focus on an American photographer on assignment (whom Leone wanted to be played by Robert De Niro) becoming trapped in Russia as the German Luftwaffe begin to bombard the city. Throughout the course of the film, he becomes romantically involved with a Russian woman, whom he later impregnates, as they attempt to survive the prolonged siege and the secret police, because relationships with foreigners are forbidden. According to Leone, "In the end, the cameraman dies on the day of the liberation of the city, when he is currently filming the surrender of the Germans. And the girl is aware of his death by chance seeing a movie news: the camera sees it explode under a shell .... "By 1989, Leone had been able to acquire $100 million in financing from independent backers, and the film was to be a joint production with a Soviet film company. He had convinced Ennio Morricone to compose the film score, and Tonino Delli Colli was tapped to be the cinematographer. Shooting was scheduled to begin sometime in 1990. The project was cancelled when Leone died two days before he was to officially sign on for the film.
7Leone also started writing a screenplay based on Lee Falk's The Phantom, and scouted locations for the project. Despite this, he never got to make a movie based on the comic book hero. He declared he would have liked to follow his Phantom project with a movie based on another Falk-created character, Mandrake the Magician.
8Leone was a fan of Louis-Ferdinand Céline's novel Journey to the End of the Night and was considering a film adaptation in the late 1960s; he incorporated elements of the story into The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Duck, You Sucker (1971) but his idea of adapting the novel itself never got past the planning stages.
9In 1987, Leone contacted his old collaborators Sergio Donati and Fulvio Morsella, pitching an idea for a TV miniseries about a Colt revolver that passed from owner to owner throughout the Old West, similar to Winchester '73 (1950). Donati indicated that Leone was interested in a more revisionist take on the genre than his earlier works, wanting to show the Old West "like it really was." Leone abandoned this project in favor of A Place Only Mary Knows, though Donati wrote a treatment and the project remained in gestation for years after Leone's death.
10He started his own production company which he named Rafran, after his two daughters Raffaella and Francesca.
11He was asked to direct The Godfather (1972), but he turned it down in order to make Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
12Leone was an avid fan of Margaret Mitchell's novel and the film Gone with the Wind (1939). His relatives and close friends stated that he talked about filming a remake that was closer to the original novel, but it never advanced beyond discussions to any serious form of production.
13According to Frayling's biography of Leone, Something to Do with Death, he envisioned a contemporary adaptation of Cervantes' 17th century novel Don Quixote with Clint Eastwood in the title role and Eli Wallach as Sancho Panza. He had discussed doing the project throughout the 1960s-1970s, and he started seriously considering it towards the end of his life.
14He was asked to direct Hang 'Em High (1968), but he turned it down in favour of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968).
15He didn't learn to speak English fluently until he was preparing Once Upon a Time in America (1984), having made 5 previously films with American actors by broken attempts at English (by Leone), Italian (by the actors) or French.
16His callous behavior towards his collaborators reached a high-water mark during the shooting of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) ("Once Upon a Time in the West"), when bit-part actor Al Mulock committed suicide on the set of the movie. Murlock, who also had appeared as the one-armed bounty hunter in Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), jumped from a hotel on location in Guadix, Spain. Production manager Claudio Mancini was sitting in a room in the hotel with Mickey Knox, an expatriate American who had been hired by Leone as a screenwriter; they both saw Mulock's body pass by their window. Knox recalled in an interview that while Mancini put Mulock in his car to drive him to the hospital, Leone said to Mancini, "Get the costume! We need the costume!" Mulock was wearing the costume he wore in the movie when he made his fatal leap.
17Was sued by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa for remaking his Yojimbo (1961) as "A Fistful of Dollars" (A Fistful of Dollars (1964)) shot-for-shot without crediting him, and copyright infringement. The production of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) apologized, compensated Kurosawa with $100,000, and 15% of box office revenues.
18Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 28th Berlin International Film Festival in 1978.
19Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 24th Cannes International Film Festival in 1971.
20Aside from saying 'Goodbye', Sergio Leone never spoke a word of English and always relied on a translator when talking to American actors. According to an interview with Eli Wallach, he spoke to Sergio in broken up French and discovered he is fluent in the language. This is how he communicated to Sergio Leone when shooting The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly").
21His favorite movies were reportedly (in no particular order) Yojimbo (1961), Warlock (1959), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), High Noon (1952), Shane (1953), and Vera Cruz (1954).
22His favorite actor from childhood was Henry Fonda, who was offered a role in every one of Leone's early Westerns. After Fonda finally worked with him on Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), he returned the compliment, later citing that film as his favorite role.
23Famously feuded with director Peter Bogdanovich over the directing reigns of Duck, You Sucker (1971) - Leone claimed that Bogdanovich was fearful of such a large production and backed out at the last minute. Bogdonavich stands by the story that Leone hired him as a patsy, as he wanted to direct the film all along.
24Son of Bice Valerian, father of Francesca Leone, Andrea Leone and Raffaella Leone.
25Son of director Roberto Roberti.
26Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985". Pages 577-581. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
27He died at the age of 60 from a heart attack, which was most likely resulted from his eating habits. He had an infamous love for food and gained weight throughout his life until he was borderline obese in the 1980s.
28When he made Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), his stylistic influence switched from the more frenetic pace of Hollywood westerns (which he put on hyper-drive for the "Dollars" trilogy with Clint Eastwood) to the slower, tenser style of Japanese samurai films, mainly those of Akira Kurosawa.
29Was voted the 41st Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly, having directed only 11 films.
30Clint Eastwood was amused by Leone's on-set behavior during their collaborations, having called the short, heavy Leone "Yosemite Sam" for his over-the-top temper and attempts to act like a cowboy through his thick Italian accent.
31He had two daughters, Francesca Leone and Raffaella Leone, and a son, Andrea Leone. Francesca appeared in her father's For a Few Dollars More (1965) as a baby. Both girls were reportedly among the extras in Flagstone in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). For Leone's final film, Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Francesca was given a bit part and Raffaella was credited as Assistant Costume Designer.
32Although they did not work together until 1964, as children Leone and composer Ennio Morricone were classmates.
33Was often noted to embellish events that occurred on the sets of his films, as noted by many of his collaborators.
34Started many feuds with his collaborators - Sergio Donati, for not being credited for co-writing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); Luciano Vincenzoni; and Tonino Valerii, whom he usurped on the set of My Name Is Nobody (1973) by directing many scenes of that film.
35Was very insecure about the films he made and every film he made was almost his last. Between Duck, You Sucker (1971) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984) he produced several films and directed several commercials. He also did some uncredited directing work on some of the films he produced. Before his death he planned on making a film called The 900 Days about the siege on Leningrad. He was able to get $100 million in financing without even having written a script and he planned to cast Robert De Niro.
36Composer Ennio Morricone has said that Leone asked him to compose a film's music before the start of principal photography - contrary to normal practice. He would then play the music to the actors during takes to enhance their performance.

Net Worth & Salary

Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)$350,000 + 60% of profits


1Extensive use of wide-angle lens
2Frequently used the "Mexican standoff," whereby three men each point a gun at each other at the same time (adopted later by John Woo and Quentin Tarantino).
3Characters in his films frequently play a musical device, with the music appearing also in the composer's score (Indio's watch chimes in For a Few Dollars More (1965), Harmonica's harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)).
4Long periods of silence followed by quick bursts of action
5Showing ugly and violent acts with unglamorous simplicity
6Invented the extreme close-up in western-style films. [close-up]
7Major characters' entrances are accompanied by variations of the theme music. [theme]
8Frequently worked with Tonino Delli Colli and Ennio Morricone


1When I was young, I believed in three things: Marxism, the redemptive power of cinema, and dynamite. Now I just believe in dynamite.
2[on Orson Welles] He was a hard man. He'd lose his temper. He broke telephones. He also drank. But he could also be sensitive. [...] At any rate, I found him fascinating. I had infinite admiration for his directing.
3[on Clint Eastwood] As an actor, he has two expressions: with and without the hat.
4In my childhood, America was like a religion. Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life - in jeeps - and upset all my dreams. I found them very energetic, but also very deceptive. They were no longer the Americans of the West. They were soldiers like any others...materialists, possessive, keen on pleasures and earthly goods.
5[on Lee Van Cleef] His glance makes holes in the screen.
6[on Henry Fonda] I have never known an actor with such craft, with such professional seriousness; such a pleasant man, full of humor, so reserved and so keenly quick-witted.


Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012Lifetime Achievement AwardCinemanila International Film FestivalPosthumously.
2008OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
1987Nocciola d'OroGiffoni Film Festival
1985Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Director (Regista del Miglior Film)Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
1985Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmOnce Upon a Time in America (1984)
1984René Clair AwardDavid di Donatello Awards
1972DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Director (Migliore Regia)Giù la testa (1971)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureOnce Upon a Time in America (1984)
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionOnce Upon a Time in America (1984)
1985DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero)Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1984LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorOnce Upon a Time in America (1984)


Assistant Director

My Name Is Nobody1973second unit director - uncredited
Cemetery Without Crosses1969director: dining scene - uncredited
The Changing of the Guard1962second unit director - uncredited
Sodom and Gomorrah1962second unit director - uncredited
Ben-Hur1959second unit director - uncredited
The Last Days of Pompeii1959assistant director: second unit
Son of the Red Corsair1959assistant director
The Nun's Story1959assistant director - uncredited
Sheba and the Gladiator1959assistant director - uncredited
Quai des illusions1959assistant director
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love1958assistant director
The Teacher and the Miracle1957assistant director
Mi permette babbo!1956assistant director
We Stole a Tram1956assistant director
Helen of Troy1956second unit director - uncredited
La ladra1955assistant director
Concert of Intrigue1954assistant director
Of Life and Love1954assistant director
Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente1953assistant director
Jolanda la figlia del corsaro nero1953assistant director
L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù1953assistant director
I tre corsari1952assistant director
La tratta delle bianche1952assistant director
Quo Vadis1951second unit director - uncredited
Il voto1950assistant director - uncredited
Outlaw Girl1950assistant director - uncredited
Taxi di notte1950assistant director - uncredited
Faust and the Devil1950assistant director - uncredited
La forza del destino1950assistant director - uncredited
Il folle di Marechiaro1950assistant director - uncredited
Il trovatore1949assistant director - uncredited
Fabiola1949assistant director - uncredited
Bicycle Thieves1948assistant director - uncredited
Rigoletto1946assistant director - uncredited


ColtTV Mini-Series original screenplay pre-production
Troppo forte1986
Once Upon a Time in America1984screenplay
My Name Is Nobody1973idea
Duck, You Sucker1971screenplay / story
Once Upon a Time in the West1968from a story by / screenplay by
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly1966screenplay / story
For a Few Dollars More1965scenario / screenplay
A Fistful of Dollars1964screenplay / story
Le verdi bandiere di Allah1963writer
Duel of the Titans1961dialogue - story / screenplay
The Colossus of Rhodes1961screenplay / story
The Seven Revenges1961
The Last Days of Pompeii1959screenplay
Sheba and the Gladiator1959writer
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love1958screenplay


The King of Ads1991Documentary segments "Renault 18, " "Renault 19, ", "Glaces Gervais"
Once Upon a Time in America1984
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot1975uncredited
Duck, You Sucker1971
Once Upon a Time in the West1968
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly1966
For a Few Dollars More1965
A Fistful of Dollars1964
The Colossus of Rhodes1961


Troppo forte1986executive producer - uncredited
Bianco, rosso e Verdone1981executive producer - uncredited
Un sacco bello1980producer
Il giocattolo1979executive producer - uncredited
Il gatto1977producer
A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot1975executive producer - uncredited
My Name Is Nobody1973executive producer - uncredited


Sai cosa faceva Stalin alle donne?1969
For a Few Dollars More1965Whistling Bounty Hunter (voice, uncredited)
Milano miliardaria1951Extra (uncredited)
Il folle di Marechiaro1950American Soldier
Bicycle Thieves1948A Seminary Student (uncredited)
La bocca sulla strada1941Un bambino


Documenti su Giuseppe Pinelli1970Documentary short support
For a Few Dollars More1965copyright holder
I tre corsari1952script supervisor


No More Heroes2013Short dedicatee
Django Unchained2012dedicatee
Tráiganme la Cabeza de la Mujer Metralleta2012acknowledgment
The Devil's Dosh2011Short very special thanks
Anthony-Cédric Vuagniaux: '69 (La bobine magique)2011Short dedicated to
The Waiting Room2011/IVShort special thanks
El defensor2011Short the director wishes to thank
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Little Red Riding Hood2009/IVideo short special thanks
Blood Moon Rising2009special thanks
Duel2008/IIShort dedicatee
Dusty2008Short special thanks
Kill Bill: Vol. 22004dedicatee
Dealer2004/Ispecial thanks
Unforgiven1992dedicated to - as Sergio
My Birthday Cake1991Short dedicatee
Cemetery Without Crosses1969dedicatee
Seth's Gold2015Short thanks
6 Bullets to Hell2014grateful acknowledgment
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


Ennio Morricone1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bellissimo: Immagini del cinema italiano1985DocumentaryHimself
La nuit des Césars1984TV Series documentaryHimself
An Almost Perfect Affair1979Himself (uncredited)
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1978TV SeriesHimself
Cineastas en México: Entrevista con Sergio Leone1976Documentary shortHimself
Gala de l'union1972-1973TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Poltrone Rosse - Parma e il Cinema2014DocumentaryHimself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Il falso bugiardo2008Himself
Quelli che... il calcio2007TV SeriesHimself
Hoge bomen: Pioniers2007TV Series documentaryHimself (segment "Giu La Testa")
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Spaghetti West2005Video documentaryHimself
Épreuves d'artistes2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Opera of Violence2003Video documentary shortHimself
I sogni nel mirino2002DocumentaryHimself
Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone2001Video documentaryHimself
Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Director

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