Roberto Bianchi Montero is a renowned Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best known for his work in the spaghetti western genre, though he has also directed comedies, horror films, and melodramas. He is widely credited with popularizing the spaghetti western genre during the 1970s.
Born in Rome, Italy in 1932, Montero was a film enthusiast from an early age. He studied film directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and graduated in 1961. He began his career in the mid-1960s and quickly gained recognition for his work in the spaghetti western genre. His first major success was A Pistol for Ringo (1965), a western comedy starring a young Giuliano Gemma. The film was an instant hit and established Montero as a leading director in the Italian film industry.
Montero continued to direct westerns throughout the 1970s, and his films often featured strong female leads, something that was uncommon in the genre at the time. He also experimented with other genres and directed horror films such as The Psychic (1977) and comedies such as The Four Musketeers (1974). Montero also wrote the screenplay for many of his films and often appeared in small roles in them.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Montero began to focus more on television work, directing and writing for a number of popular Italian TV series. He also directed a few feature films during this time, including the drama The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1984) and the horror film The Church (1989). Throughout his career, Montero has received many awards and accolades, including the David di Donatello Award for Best Director in 1989.
Montero is still active in the film industry and continues to write and direct for television. He is regarded as one of the most influential Italian directors and his work has been praised for its originality and innovation. Montero has been credited with popularizing the spaghetti western genre and his films remain popular among fans of the genre.