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Roland Carey

This 1960s Italian epic star of Swiss-French dual nationality was different from most other "peplum" actors in that he actually went to drama school. Born in Lausanne in 1933 of an Irish father and French mother, Roland attended the Paris Conservatory, and his early work on the Paris stage included the role of Fortinbras in Hamlet, plus several performances for the Comedie-Francaise. From 1951 he played small parts in French films and eventually made his international screen debut in 1956 with a small part in Trapeze in which he doubled for Burt Lancaster. In 1959 he tried his luck in Hollywood, but owing to work permit problems was only given television bit parts in Bonanza, Laramie, The Twilight Zone, U.S. Steel Hour and Thriller. Returning to Europe, he appeared in the television series Tales of the Vikings produced in Munich for Kirk Douglas's company. This attracted the attention of the Rome studios who were seeking athletic actors to play in historical epics. Since Roland's CV listed his sporting activities as tennis, horse riding, ice hockey, roller hockey, soccer, American football, skiing, water skiing, swimming, motor racing, sailing, boxing, karate, fencing, cycling, motocross, side-car racing, volleyball, basketball and rafting, it was hardly surprising that Riccardo Freda selected him for the lead part of mythological hero Jason in The Giants of Thessaly (1960). He also starred in Sword of El Cid (1963) and Revolt of the Barbarians (1964). After the epics Roland switched to more artistic parts and cameo roles, and used the pseudonym "Rod Carter" for action movies. Because of his theatrical experience he was also in demand as a voice actor at Fono Roma where he dubbed Italian pictures into French, but he also speaks fluent English, German and Italian. Since 1982 he has been based almost entirely in Switzerland, although he lives near Florence. Thank you to the Cinematheque Suisse for assisting with this biography, and special thanks to Roland Carey for his kind help.

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Feb 20, 1933 In Lausanne, Switzerland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie They Were Five 1952-01-23
Latest Project:
Movie Le porno investigatrici 1981-12-16
Known For
Poster of Le porno investigatrici
Poster of La rivolta dei barbari
Poster of The Sword of El Cid
Poster of They Were Five
Movie Le porno investigatrici Buciaculis (uncredited) 1981-12-16
Movie Labbra vogliose George 1981-07-23
Movie La voglia Luca (uncredited) 1981-01-01
Movie Sesso acerbo Unknown 1981-09-17
Movie Nailed Lips Unknown 1970-02-12
Movie The Doll of Satan Jack Seaton 1969-06-12
Movie 48 Hours to Acapulco Unknown 1967-11-30
Movie Mission to Caracas Gil Becker 1965-10-06
Movie The Fall of the Roman Empire Barbarian (uncredited) 1964-03-24
Movie La rivolta dei barbari Dario 1964-12-18
Movie A House of Sand Man in Dream Sequence 2 1962-06-01
Movie The Sword of El Cid Bernardo 1962-12-24
Movie The Giants of Thessaly Giasone / Jason 1960-12-06
Movie Lady Country Doctor Andy Zipfhauser 1958-10-31
Movie They Were Five (uncredited) 1952-01-23