American actor John Kitzmiller appeared in many European films following military service during WW II. He started out while stationed in Italy. There he was asked to appear in a few Italian neorealist features. This lead to his playing the lead in Without Pity in 1948. After that he continued to act in Europe where he frequently played an angry black man fighting against racism. Kitzmiller's work in the Yugoslavian film Peace Valley earned him the "Best Actor" award at Cannes in 1957.