Duccio Tessari

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Duccio Tessari
Born (1926-10-11)11 October 1926
Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Died 6 September 1994(1994-09-06) (aged 67)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Lorella De Luca

Duccio Tessari (11 October 1926 – 6 September 1994) was an Italian director, screenwriter and actor, considered one of the fathers of spaghetti westerns.[1]

Born in Genoa, Tessari started in the fifties as documentarist and as screenwriter of peplum films. In 1964 he co-wrote Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, one year later he gained an impressive commercial success and launched the Giuliano Gemma's career with A Pistol for Ringo and its immediate sequel, The Return of Ringo.[1]

He later touched different genres and worked in RAI TV, directing some successful TV-series. He died of cancer in Rome, at 68.[2] He was married to actress Lorella De Luca.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c Marco Giusti. Dizionario del western all'italiana. Mondadori, 2007. ISBN 88-04-57277-9. 
  2. ^ a b Silvia Fumarola (7 September 1994). "Addio Duccio Tessari un regista per tutti". La Repubblica. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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