Fernando Di Leo was born on January 11. 1932 iu San Ferdinando di Puglis, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Apulia, Italy. He became an Italian film director but most of all one of the greatest Italian screenwriters. At nineteen he won the cup for the Murano drama in three acts “Lume del tuo corpo è l'occhio e”. He then worked for various magazines before making his directorial debut with a “Un posto in paradise” a surreal episode of “The Heroes of Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” a collective film directed by S. Tau, E. Eagle and F. Weisz. Fernando then pursued a career as a prolific writer (50 works), inaugurated by “For a Fistful of Dollars” (1964). He wrote mostly Westerns, but is characterized by two thrillers “Murder by appointment” (1967) and “70's Gangster” (1968). He concentrated mainly on Euro-westerns for which he wrote 19 screenplays and crime films which he wrote 11 screenplay. He was also the author of several novels and left the cinema after the disastrous “Killer vs. Killers” (1985). Di Leo died on December 1, 2003 in Rome. Today we remember Fernando Di Leo on what would have been his 80th birthday.