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John Kitzmiller

John Kitzmiller
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 American actor, who worked in his native land, as well as Italy and the United Kingdom, he was of African descent.


  • Career 1
  • Death 2
  • Select filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


John Kitzmiller was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, Kitzmiller was commissioned in the US Army reaching the rank of a Captain in the Corps of Engineers serving with the 92nd Infantry Division in the liberation of Italy during World War II[1] Following World War II he chose to remain in Italy where he was discovered in 1946 by Luigi Zampa playing poker in an officer's club.[2] This began his acting career 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; 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.[3]

Select filmography


  1. ^ Jet, March 11th 1965
  2. ^ p. 23 Ehrman, Richard Former American Army Officer Wins Best Actor at Cannes Festival St. Petersburg Times 20 May 1957
  3. ^ "American actor dies in Rome".  

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