Sunday, March 29, 2009
Happy 70th Birthday Terence Hill
He was born Mario Girotti on March 29, 1939 in Venice Italy. As a child he lived in the small town of Lommatzsch, Germany from 1943-1945, during World War II, surviving the Dresden Bombing. His mother was German and his father an Italian chemist. He was discovered at the age of 12 by Dino Risi and appeared in the 1951 film “Vacanze col Gangster”. He returned to Germany in 1956 and appeared in several films including a few Winnetou films. Returning to Italy in 1967 and was offered a part in “God Forgives I Don’t” replacing Peter Martell who had broken his foot. He changed his name to the American sounding Terence Hill. Teaming with Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) the two have become a comedy legend in Italy and around the world. He is still working today and appears in his highly successful TV series Don Matteo. He recently made a new western called “Doc West” filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico last fall and which will be shown on Italian TV in April of this year. This is a pilot for hopefully a new TV series. Happy 70th birthday Terence Hill.