This blog is dedicated to the preservation, investigation and all things related to European films and personnel involved with the Western genre. Tom B.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Happy 75th Birthday Aldo Maccione
Aldo Maccione was born November 27, 1935 in Turin, Italy. He won a radio contest in the 1960s and was hired by a theater group in Turin. Here he was known for his imitations of famous actors from Jerry Lewis to Clark Gable. Maccione then became a member of the musical comedy group ‘I Brutos’. As a member of ‘I Brutos’ he appeared in his only Euro-western “The Magnificent Brutes of the West” (1964). He then formed another group called “I Tontos” which worked at The Emporium in Barcelona, Spain for six years. Claude Lelouch was impressed with Aldo and gave him his first stand alone film role in “”L’aventure c’est l’aventure” in 1970. He continued to appear in French and Italian films through the 1980s. In the late ‘80s he dropped his comic act and tried to reinvigorate his career as a dramatic actor in films and television appearances. He appeared in the 2005 film “Travaux, on sait quand ça commence” with Carole Bouquet and Jean-Pierre Castaldi. In January 2010 he participated in the TV series “La Ferme Célébrités” but left the show in February do to health problems. Aldo now lives in semi-retirement in St. Paul de Vence, France. Today we celebrate Aldo Maccione’s 75th birthday.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.