Fernando Bilbao was born Fernando Arrien Elgezabal in Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain probably in the early 1940s. He joins the long list of secondary actors who appeared in many films over the years but little is known or has been written about. Acting under such aliases as Fernando Arrien, Fernando Bill, Edy Dentine, Fred Harris, Fred Harrison, he has made over 60 film and TV appearances starting with “I cento cavalieri” in 1964. His last recorded appearance was in “The Biggest Robbery Never Told” in 2002. Among these films Bilbao appeared in over 20 Euro-westerns. Often used as a Spanish version of Bud Spencer the usually bearded Bilbao with a head full of uncombed fine hair was often seen in character roles as a henchman, strongman and buddy of the films so-called hero.
In 2006 he became a production manager on the documentary film “No hay más sombras: Rufina Cambaceres”.
BILBAO, Fernando (aka Fernando Arrien, Fernando Bill, Edy Dentine, Fred Harris, Fred Harrison) (Fernando Arrien Elgezabal) [194?, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain - ] - production manager.
Cavalry Charge – 1964
The Secret of Captain O’Hara - 1964
Dollars for a Fast Gun - 1965
Finger on the Trigger - 1965 (Mayer)
Johnny West - 1965 [as Edy Dentine]
The Relentless Four - 1965
The Big Gundown - 1966 (widow’s man)
Django Does Not Forgive - 1966
A Few Bullets More - 1967 (teamster)
Gatling Gun - 1968 (Scott Grant)
Arizona Returns - 1970 (Keene/Chico henchman)
Gunman in Town - 1970 (Monk)
A Man Called Apocalypse Joe – 1970 (Bodo)
The Boldest Job in the West – 1971 (Little Steve)
In the Dust of the Sun - 1971 (Flops)
Let’s Go and Kill Sartana – 1971
Now They Call Him Sacramento – 1972 (Big Jim) [as Fred Harrison]
Demasiados muertos para Tex - 1973
Fast-Hand is Still My Name - 1973 (Diego)
Yankee Dudler - 1973 (farmer)