Italian actor Salvatore Billa, who appeared in films by Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica and Sergio Leone, died May 22 in Rome. He was 63.
Born in Catania, Sicily, Billa moved to Rome as a teen, where he worked at Cinecitta during the golden age of Italian cinema. He had small roles in films including “The Bible” and “Romeo and Juliet” and then appeared in the popular 1970s Sabata trilogy.
He also appeared in “Bread and Chocolate,” Fellini’s “And the Ship Sails On” and “Ginger and Fred” and recently appeared in Giuseppe Tornatore’s “The Man of the Stars.”
He is survived by his wife, Alice, and five children.