RIP Rik Battaglia. Italian film actor Rik Battaglia died at his home in Corbola, Italy after a long illness. He was 88. Battaglia was born Caterino Bertaglia on February 18, 1927 in Corbola, Rovigo, Italy. He was a regular in films from 1955-1999. Rik appeared in the Karl May Films and then was a regular in Spaghetti westerns usually playing suave villains. Battaglia appeared in 23 Euro-westerns from “Shatterhand” (1963) to “Buck at the Edge of Heaven” in 1991.