Franco Gasparri

Franco Gasparri (31 October 1948 28 March 1999) was an Italian actor.

Franco Gasparri
Gianfranco Gasparri

(1948-10-31)31 October 1948
Died28 March 1999(1999-03-28) (aged 50)
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

Born Gianfranco Gasparri in Senigallia, the son of the painter and film poster artist Rodolfo, Gasparri started his career as a child actor, appearing in several peplum films.[1] After military service as a paratrooper, in 1970 he became one of the most successful actors in fotoromanzi.[1][2] In 1975 Gasparri got a large notoriety playing the inspector Mark Terzi in Mark of the Cop, a successful poliziottesco which generated two sequels, Mark Shoots First and Mark Strikes Again, still with Gasparri in the title role.[1] A skilled and experienced rider, due to a near-fatal motorcycle accident he was forced in a wheelchair, giving up his promising career.[1] He died at 50 years old from respiratory failure.[2]


  1. Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano: Gli artisti. Gli attori dal 1930 ai giorni nostri. Gremese Editore, 2003. ISBN 88-7742-261-0.
  2. Giovanna Cavalli (29 March 1999). "Addio al re dei fotoromanzi". Corriere della Sera. p. 19. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
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