Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Remembering Robert Hundar
Claudio Undari was born on January 12, 1935 in Castelvetrano, Italy. He studied to become a lawyer but became interested in acting and moved to Rome. He appeared in small roles during the Sword and Sandal craze and then hit his stride when the Spaghetti Westerns came into vogue. His name was changed to Robert Hundar and his impressive size allowed him to play both heroes and villains in such films as “The Shadow of Zorro” ('62), “Ride and Kill” ('63), “Gunfight at High Noon” ('63). He then became a regular in several Joaquin Luis Romero Marchent's westerns during the 1960's and '70s. Some of his best roles were as Ramon Morales in “Ramon the Mexican” ('66), Gringo in “A Man, a Colt” ('67) with Fernando Sancho, as Oswald in “Sabata” ('69) and as Eric Plummer in “California” ('77). His most sympathetic and best known role was probably as Sergeant Brown in the 1970 film “Cut-Throats Nine”. He also appeared in a few crime films and then left the business and made documentary films before finally retiring in 2000. Claudio Undari died in Rome of natural causes on May 13, 2008. Today we remember Robert Hundar on what would have been his 75th birthday.