Michael Coby was born Antonio Cantafora on February 2, 1944 in Crotone, Calabria, Italy. Antonio studied acting with Alessandro Fersen, then made his film debut in 1967 with an uncredited role in one of his eight Euro-westerns “The Dirty Outlaws” as a saloon patron. Thanks to a vague resemblance to the actor Terence Hill, in the seventies he starred with Paul L. Smith in a brief series of successful action-comedy films, directed by Ferdinando Baldi that reprise the Bud Spencer-Terence Hill style. Later Cantafora continued his career mainly as a character actor, working with prominent directors such as Federico Fellini, Jerzy Skolimowski, Bruno Barreto, Alberto Lattuada, Mauro Bolognini. His last film appearance was as Vice Squad Chief Marini in “The Card Player” (2004). Cantafora also appeared in such Euro-westerns as “And God Said to Cain” (1969), “Black Killer” and “Joe Dakota” (both 1971), “A Bounty Killer at Trinity” (1972), “Carambola!” (1973), “The Crazy Adventures of Len and Coby” (1974) and “Buck and the Magic Bracelet” (1997).
Today we celebrate Antonio Cantafora’s (aka Michael Coby) 70th birthday.