John Kitzmiller

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This article is about the actor. For the American football player, see Johnny Kitzmiller.
John Kitzmiller
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Born (1913-12-04)December 4, 1913
Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Died February 23, 1965(1965-02-23) (aged 51)
Rome, Italy
Years active 1947-1965

John Kitzmiller (December 4, 1913 – February 23, 1965) was an African-American actor. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Kitzmiller participated in the liberation of Italy during World War II. He began acting while stationed in this country, and appeared in Italian neorealist films. He made Italy his permanent residence and starred in more than fifty European films, often portraying an angry black man fighting racism.

He played the leading role of "Jerry" in the film Senza pietà (Without Pity), from a screenplay by Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada and Tullio Pinelli. He received awards commemorating both his role as an actor and as a soldier: he received the Victory Medal and in 1957 was the first black actor to win a best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the Yugoslavian ( Slovenian ) film Valley of Peace.

Kitzmiller is most famous for his role as Quarrel in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No.

He died of a liver ailment at the age of 51.[1]

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  1. ^ "American actor dies in Rome". Afro-American. February 27, 1965. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 

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