Sunday, March 3, 2024

From the WAI! vault


Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Vivienne Bocca

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Vivienne Bocca was born in Rome in the early 1950s as she appears as a teenager in her only credited films in 1965-1966. She appeared in only two films “Tentazioni proibite” (Forbidden Temptations) in 1965 and her only Spaghetti western film “Da uomo a uomo” (Death Rides a Horse) in 1966 where she plays Bill Meceita’s sister who is raped and murdered in the opening scene. Bill of course was played by John Phillip Law.

There is a Vivienne Bocca credited as a dancer in a 1957 production called “Off Stage” with Ram Gopal [1917-2003] and ballet dancer Kenneth Melville also the same Vivienne Bocca is credited in an article printed on April 2, 1960, in The Montreal Star about La Scala’s modern ballet presented in Milan, Italy. This I assume is her mother and would explain how she would have entered films for a short career.

BOCCA, Vivienne [195?, Rome, Lazio, Italy -    ] – film actress.

Death Rides a Horse – 1968 (Bill Meceita’s sister)

Actor Jean Dujardin rides like 'El Zorro' through the landscape of El Chorrillo


[Actor Jean Dujardin during filming in El Chorrillo in Sierra Alhamilla. / INSTAGRAM]

The French actor Jean Dujardin, 51, is already riding like El Zorro through the place of El Chorrillo where the France Television series is filmed, which started filming on the 7th in this place of Sierra Alhamilla. The actor has an Oscar. He has a Diploma in Philosophy and Plastic Arts.

Jean Dujardin has participated in the series Un gars, une fille with his wife. He was also nominated for a César Award in 2007 for his role in OSS 117: le Caire, nid d'espions. His life changed when French director Michel Hazanavicius trusted him to star in The Artist (2011), alongside his compatriot Bérénice Bejo. For this role he won the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival and Best Leading Actor in a Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes; as well as the Academy Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award.

Jean Dujardin was born on June 19, 1972 in Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, where he spent his childhood with his family. After finishing his studies and achieving an A3 level in Philosophy and Visual Arts, he worked as a locksmith with his father Jacques Dujardin, and later served in the military, and it is precisely there that he discovered his talent for comedy and acting. Dujardin began his career as an actor performing in various bars and cabarets in Paris. The first time he gained public attention was when he appeared on the French talent show Graines de star, in 1996, as a member of the group Nous C Nous.

The eight episodes about Zorro are directed by Émilie Noblet and Jean-Baptiste Saurel. Benjamin Charbit is the showrunner of this new Zorro. Jean Dujardin reunites with Grégory Gadebois, with whom he shared the bill in Presidents (2021) and who plays the character of Bernardo, Zorro's faithful servant. François Damiens plays Sergeant Garcia, while André Dussollier plays Zorro's father and Audrey Dana plays Don Diego de la Vega's lover, El Zorro.

[submitted by Michael Ferguson]

Who Are Those Singers & Musicians? ~ Tony Leblanc


Tony Leblanc was born Ignacio Fernández Sánchez Leblanc on May 7, 1922, in Villaviciosa de Odon, Madrid, Spain. He was born on the grounds of the Museo del Prado at Madrid, where his family lived because of his father's employment as the museum's janitor.

In his teens he was fond of boxing, becoming champion of the lightweight Castilla "amateur", while participating in amateur theatre. He was also a soccer player in the Third Division of Real Club Deportivo Carabanchel in which he scored 23 goals, making him the top scorer of the Third Division.

Leblanc made his professional acting debut in 1944 with Celia Gámez's company. His earliest appearances on film were in “Eugenia de Montijo” (1944), “Los últimos de Filipinas” (1945, Antonio Román), and “Por el gran premio” (1946, directed by Pierre-Antoine Caron). His greatest prominence was from about 1955 to 1965, in popular titles of Spanish cinema of the era such as “El Tigre de Chamberí” (1957, Pedro Luis Ramírez), “Muchachas de azul” (1957), “Los tramposos” (1959, both by Pedro Lazaga), “Las chicas de la Cruz Roja” (1960, by Rafael J. Salvia), “Tres de la Cruz Roja” (1961, by Fernando Palacios) and “Historias de la television” (1964, by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia). During this decade, Leblanc formed an artistic partnership with Concha Velasco which was to endure for many years. He was also involved in a comedy trio with José Luis Ozores and Manolo Gómez Bur. In this way, he established his popularity working mainly in comedy roles, on both film and stage. Leblanc also found success in theatre.

A true pioneer of television in Spain in the 1950s and 1960s, Leblanc combined his cinema career with comedy specials, various comedic performances and a few programmes by Televisión Española.

Leblanc decided to retire from cinema in 1975 after his starring role in “Tres suecas para tres Rodríguez”. On 6 May 1983, he was involved in a serious road accident that would truncate his theatrical career. The accident left him temporarily incapacitated. He would return to television 15 years later. From 2001 to 2008, Tony Leblanc appeared in Televisión Española's series ‘Cuéntame cómo pasó’ for 181 episodes, in the supporting role of Cervan, an old and charming newsagent. In April 2007, he collaborated with Santiago Segura in the comedy program ‘Sabías a lo que venías’.

On 10 May 2008, Leblanc received a tribute by the municipality of Villaviciosa de Odón, (Madrid), where he lived for 30 years. He died in Villaviciosa de Odón, on 24 November 2012, aged 90, from a heart attack.

LEBLANC, Tony (Ignacio Fernández Sánchez Leblanc) [5/7/1922, Villaviciosa de Odon, Madrid, Spain - 11/24/2012, Villaviciosa de Odón, Madrid, Spain (heart attack)] – producer, director, author, writer, composer, actor, singer married to Isabel Páez de la Torre [1932-2017] (1955-2012) father of father of actor Tony Leblanc Jr., Maria Isabel Leblanc, Ignazio Leblanc, Mari Carmen Leblanc, Mercedes Leblanc, actress Silvia Leblanc [1966-    ], Marta Leblanc.

Torrejón City – 1962 [sings “Torrejón City”]

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Spaghetti Western Podcast Season 7, Episode 6, #127


Please join me at noon PST today for another episode of The Spaghetti Westerns Podcast. I’ll be covering “Blood for a Silver Dollar” starring Giuliano Gemma, in our on-going “History of the Spaghetti Western segment. Then I’ll tell you “Whatever Became of… Jess Hahn” Followed by Riccardo Pizzuti in “Who Are Those Guys? The Film of the week is “6 Bullets to Hell”. The CD of the week will be “Blood for a Silver Dollar”. I’ll have an autograph of the week, a nd some posters. We’ll finish things up with The News of the Week. So, I’ll see you around High Noon on You Tube.

From the WAI! vault



Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ I. Bobrov

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Ivan Vasilevich Bobrov was born in Moscow, Russian Empire on February 7, 1904. In 1917 he graduated from the City Primary School. Beginning in 1918 he worked as a transport agent of the Suschevsko-Marinsky District Council and from 1920 - a forwarder of the People's Commissariat of Forestry, and in 1922 - a forwarder of Rustrans.

In 1925, Ivan Bobrov made his film debut. In 1926, he became an actor at Sovkino and  graduated from the acting school at Mosfilm.

From 1926 to 1932, Ivan Bobrov served in the OGPU (The Joint State Political Directorate (JSPD) which was the intelligence and state security service and secret police of the Soviet Union from 1923 to 1934) while combining work in the cinema.

From April 1941, he became an actor of the Tashkent Film Studio, in 1944 - an actor of the Soyuzdetfilm film studio, and from 1948 an actor of the Theater-Studio of the Film Actor.

He starred in films and worked for a long time as a boxing instructor at the Dynamo MPSO. He was an award winner of Moscow for the memoirs of Kirill Stolyarov about the film "The Death of the Eagle", 1940.

Ivan died in Moscow on April 12, 1952.

His only Euro-western appearance was as a gold prospector in the 1946 Russian film “Belyy klyk” (White Fang)/

BOBROV, I. (aka I.V. Bobrov) (Ivan Vasilevich Bobrov) [2/7/1904, Moscow, Russian Empire – 4/12/1952, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.] – film actor.

White Fang – 1946 (gold prospector)