Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Remembering Enzo Fiermonte

Vincenzo ‘Enzo’ Fiermonte was born on July 17, 1908 in Bari, Puglia, Italy. Sometimes credited as William Bird, Fiermonte was a professional boxer from 1925-1934, with a lifetime record of 45 wins (10 by knockout) and 13 losses (9 by knockout). He turned to acting when his days in the ring were over, appearing in over 130 films and television appearances including sixteen Euro-westerns from “The Ugly Ones” (1967) starring Tomás Milián and Richard Wyler to “California” (1977) starring Giuliano Gemma
He married Madeleine Talmage Force aka Madeleine Astor, the widow of the late John Jacob Astor IV, who died in the Titanic disaster, in 1933 in New York City, but they later divorced in 1938. Enzo was only four years older than his stepson, John Jacob Astor VI.
Enzo entered his Maserati in the 1937 Vanderbilt Cup auto race in Westbury, New York, but was not allowed to participate because he had no formal auto racing experience.
Fiermonte died on March 22, 1993 in Mentana, Italy.
Today we remember Enzo Fiermonte on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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