Tuesday, May 26, 2009

RIP Pedro Sempson

Pedro Sempson Garido retired from show business in 2001 but is still recognized as the Spanish voice of such TV characters as Geoffrey the butler on “The Prince of Bel Air” and as Mr. Montgomery Burns on “The Simpsons”. Sempson who died May 24th at the age of 88, in Barcelona, Spain, had developed a solid career in Spanish television dramas such as “Estudio1, Novela”, “Teatro de siempre o Historias para no dormer” "Don Lápiz", and "Un, dos, tres; responda otra vez". Sempson began his career as a stage actor and appeared in several films including his collaboration with Chicho Ibáñez Serrador in several Horror films in the 1960s. Since 1978 Sempson focused his career on dubbing and was involved in over 500 films and Television programs. One of his memorable voices was as the Spanish voice of Peter Cushing in the Sherlock Holmes series.

SEMPSON, Pedro full name Pedro Sempson Garrido
Born: 6/18/1920, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 5/24/2009, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

Pedro Sempson’s Euro-westerns – voice actor:
The Sign of Zorro - 1962 [Spanish voice of Luigi Bonos]
The Sign of the Coyote - 1963 [Spanish voice of Jose Jaspe]
Apache Fury - 1964 [Spanish voice of Silas]
The Last Tomahawk – 1964 [Spanish voice of Carl Lange]
Seven from Texas – 1964 [Spanish voice of Paco Sanz]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Tomas Blanco]
Kid Rodelo – 1965 [Spanish voice of Richard Carlson]
A Man Called Gringo – 1965 [Spanish voice of Dave]
A Place Called Glory – 1965 [Spanish voice of Aldo Sambrell]
The Colt is My Law – 1966 [Spanish voice of Livio Lorenzon]
Face to Face – 1966 [Spanish voice of Antonio Casas]
God Forgives... I Don't! - 1966 [Spanish voice of Rose's man]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 [Spanish voice of Mario Brega]
A Taste for Killing – 1966 [Spanish voice of “Patrick”]
The Ugly Ones – 1966 [Spanish voice of Glenn Foster]]
The Vengeance of Pancho Villa – 1966 [Spanish voice of Villista]
Day of Anger – 1967 [Spanish voice of Ennio Balbo]
Run Man Run – 1967 [Spanish voice of Antonio Casas]
A Taste for Killing – 1967 [Spanish voice of Patrick]
The Vengeance of Pancho Villa – 1967 [Spanish voice of villager]
A Gun for 100 Graves – 1968 [Spanish voice of Calisto Calisti]
The Magnificent Texan – 1968 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [Spanish voice of Jack Elam and Keenan Wynn]
Death on High Mountain – 1969 [Spanish voice of Keeney]
The Price of Power – 1969 [Spanish voice of Antonio Casas]
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid – 1969 [Spanish voice of Dan van Husen]
Rebels of Arizona – 1969 [Spanish voice of Jones]
Plomo sobre Dallas – 1970 [Spanish voice of Carpintero]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [Spanish voice of ‘Aldeano’]
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave – 1971 [Spanish voice of Raf
Holy Water Joe – 1971 [Spanish voice of Dante Maggio]
Pancho Villa – 1971 [Spanish voice of Eduardo Calvo]
Trinity is Still My Name – 1971 [Spanish voice of Puppo de Luca, Tony Norton
Hendricks, judge]
Call of the Wild – 1972 [Spanish voice of Alf Malland]
Dead Men Ride – 1972 [Spanish voice of Jose Nieto]
Tequila – 1973 [Spanish voice of Mirko Ellis]


  1. Descanse en Paz.

  2. "Don Lápiz", en "Un, dos, tres; responda otra vez"

  3. Biltmore: It's to bad he didn't act in any. He has the look.

  4. Obviously, as always with dubbers, the list will be incomplete: the filmographies of these people are hard to trace. I've just remembered another voice he did: in GOD FORGIVES, I DON'T, he also voiced the bearded saloon owner who is Gina Rovere's man: the character that bursts through the door, only to find himself flying out of the window. That was unmistakeably his voice.

    By the way, where does it say he died in Barcelona? Most of his life took place in Madrid, so I assumed he died there. Or maybe he did return to Barcelona on retiring.

  5. Nzoog you are quite correct we'll never have a complete filmography on most film dubbers. They even did multiple characrers per film sometimes. I will try and locate the source for the Barcelona location as I searched a long time to try and find a mention of where he died.

  6. Link to Blog for mention of Sempson's death in Barcelona. http://ladyfilstrup.blogspot.com/

  7. Nzoog WahlrfhehenMay 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    That's right! A great blog, by the way!

  8. I agree. I just wish he's post more often.