Friday, June 12, 2009
Happy 80th Birthday Alberto De Martino
Born Alberto Martino De Martino in Rome, Italy on June 12, 1929, his father was Romolo De Martino a makeup artist in the Italian cinema of the 1930s and 40s. Alberto entered film as a child actor. After college he continued his film career as a film editor before landing his first directorial debut with 1961’s “The Invincible Gladiator”. He continued to make Horror films, crime thrillers, sword and sandal films and Spaghetti Westerns. As a film director and screenwriter he directed over 28 films. He also wrote screenplays for over two dozen films. Sometimes he used pseudonyms as Martin Herbert, Herbert Martin, Albert Martin Probably his best westerns were “$100,000 for Ringo” (1965) starring Richard Harrison and “Django Shoots First” (1966) starring Glenn Saxson. Alberto retired from the film industry in the mid-1980s. Today we celebrate his 80th birthday.