Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Who Are Those Guys? - Armando Bottin

Armando Antonio Bottin was born in Anzio, Lazio, Italy on September 18, 1942. The third of four children, when he was twenty-one he become the Italian middle-weight boxing regional and vice champion and vice champion. Later he competed in bodybuilding tournaments.

Later Bottin began his career as a stuntman and actor with his countryman Giovanni Cianfriglia and his brother Luciano Bottin, following the example legendendary, Mister Universe, Steve Reeves and appearing in feature films under the direction of Demofilo Fidani, Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Damiano Damiani, Bruno Corbucci, Vittorio De Sica, Enzo G. Castellari, Fernando Di Leo.

Bottin appeared in several films using such pseudonyms such as Johnny Kissmuller, Jr. and Steve and Art Gordon, Bottin appeared alongside such great actors as Totò, Ursula Andress, Franco and Ciccio, Orson Welles, Rod Steiger, Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.

In the late 1970s he married and moved to Romford, London, England where he managed a gym and swimming pool and practiced for the triathlon at a competitive level.

BOTTIN, Armando (aka Art Gordon, Steve Gordon, Johnny Kismuller, Jr.) (Armando Antonio Bottin) [9/18/1942, Anzio, Lazio, Italy – 4/5/1989, Romford, London, England, U.K.] – stuntman, boxer, Italian amateur heavyweight boxing champion [1963], brother of actor, stuntman Luciano Bottin [1970-    ], married to Pauline B. Bottin, father of Steven Bottin, Paola Bottin.
A Stranger in Paso Bravo - 1967
Sabata - 1969
Adios, Sabata – 1970 (bandit)
Return of Sabata - 1971
The Genius – 1975
We are No Angels - 1975

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