Giovanni Vari was a tall, usually-bearded actor, working in Italian films from the early 50's until the mid 60's, including 4 with Lex Barker during 1959-60. His signature role was playing pirates.
In 1965, just when he was starting to score larger credited roles, he retired from acting and changed careers, becoming a producer, with production credits on 8 westerns between 1965-75. No further biographical details are known.
Given that there are large gaps between his credited roles in the 50's I would expect that there are more uncredited 50's roles to be found. He may not be so easy to recognise in roles where he is clean shaven.
- La cieca di Sorrento (credited) .... Basileo's henchman
- I Reali di Francia (uncredited) .... Angry villager
- Il cavaliere del castello maledetto (credited) .... Farmer
- L'arciere Nero (uncredited) .... Fighter
- La scimitarra del Saraceno (credited) .... Pirate
- Nel segno di Roma (uncredited) .... Temple guard
- Fra Manisco cerca guai... (credited) .... Monk
- I baccanali di Tiberio (credited) .... Ursus
- I pirati della costa (credited) .... Pirate
- Il cavaliere dai cento volti (credited?) .... Quinto
- La strada dei giganti (uncredited) .... Miner
- La vendetta dei barbari (credited?) .... Susin
- Messalina, Venere imperatrice (uncredited) .... Viking
- Robin Hood e i pirati (credited?) .... Sospiri
- Un dollaro di fifa (credited) .... O'Brien
- Barabba (uncredited) .... Worker in sulphur mines
- Il conquistatore di Corinto (uncredited) .... Torturer
- La guerra di Troia (uncredited) .... Servant of Aneas
- Rosmunda e Alboino (credited) .... Not found
- Arrivano i titani (uncredited) .... Titan
- Lo sterminatore dei barbari (credited) .... Orabile's father
- Il Duca nero (credited) .... Morialdo
- La cieca di Sorrento (credited as John Warrel) .... Role?
- Due mafiosi nel Far West (credited) .... Prison warden
- Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (credited as John Warrell) .... Typho
- L'uomo mascherato contro i pirati (credited as John Vari) .... Captain Pedro Ramon Francisco Garcia
- La guerra dei topless (credited) .... Role?
- 30 Winchester per El Diablo (credited as writer and producer, as John Warrel) .... Credit only
- Giarrettiera Colt (credited as Director of production) .... Credit only
- L'uomo mascherato contro il Corsaro Nero (credited as John Warren) .... The Black Pirate (filmed in 1964)
- La lunga cavalcata della vendetta (credited as Producer) .... Credit only
- El hijo del Zorro (credited as Producer) .... Credit only
- Il giustiziere di Dio (credited as Producer) .... Credit only
- Sei Bounty Killers per una strage (credited as Production manager) .... Credit only
- Una colt in mano al diavolo (credited as Producer) .... Credit only
- Fermi tutti! è una rapina (credited as Producer) .... Credit only
There are still a few more titles I have not yet been able to find in which Giovanni may appear, so if you have images of him in any of these you know what to do.
- La leggenda del piave (1952) (ANICA)
- Mai ti scorderò (1956) (ANICA) as Vettori
There are 2 titles where Giovanni has been previously mis-identified. There is an actor in both these films who bears some resemblance to Giovanni, but it is not him
- Salambo (1960)
- L'ammutinamento (1961)