This blog is dedicated to the preservation, investigation and all things related to European films and personnel involved with the Western genre. Tom B.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Happy 80th Birthday Dominic Barto
Dominic Barto was born on December 20, 1930 in Pennsylvania. Before entering films he was a professional boxer. With his very pronounced facial features, he was an excellent villain in crime and western films. Dominic appeared in six Euro-westerns including "They Call Me Trinity","The Last Rebel", ‘Man of the East" and both the film and TV series "Lucky Luke". He also is remembered for his appearance in "Rocky IV" as a Russian policeman. Thanks to his acting skills he could easily transform from drama to comedy (such as the bounty killer Mortimer in "Trinity" to bums, or William Dalton, in the TV series "Lucky Luke") obtaining an extraordinary comic edge dictated by the paradox of the opposing characteristics. Dominic retired and moved to the Far East. Today we celebrate his 80th 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.