|Terence Hill was born as Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice, Italy to a chemist. His mother was German, and as a child the family lived in Dresden, Germany where they survived the ally bombings of World War II. Italian film-maker Dino Risi discovered him at a swimming meet and he made his first film at the age of 12, "Vacanze col gangster" (1951) (Holiday For Gangsters). He continued acting to finance his studies and motorcycle hobby. After studying classical literature at the University of Rome for three years, he decided to devote full time to acting.
In 1962 he appeared in Luchino Visconti's "Il Gattopardo", He then signed a contract for a series of advanture and western films in Germany and appeared in four Winnetou films "Winnetou II" (1964), "Unter Geiern" (1964), Old Surehand (1965) and "Der Ölprinz" (1965).
In 1967 he returned to Italy to play the lead in "Dio Perdona... Io No!". While on location in Almeria, Spain, he married an American girl, Lori Hill, who was the dialogue coach for the picture. He changed his name by taking the author of the Latin history book he was reading, by the name of Terenzio and his wife's last name Hill - Terence Hill. In 1976 Hollywood called and he appeared in "March or Die" (1977) with Gene Hackman and starred in "Mr. Billion" (1977) with Valerie Perrine. Since then he has concentrated on action/adventure films starring himself and often working with long time partner Bud Spencer. Terence lives in Massachusetts and is a film producer, as well as talented and respected actor.
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