Friday, August 21, 2009

Remembering Pinuccio Ardia

Born Rodolfo Ardia on August 21, 1914, in Naples, Italy. Using the name Pinuccio Ardia he made his debut into films in the mid-1960s but found success as the comic figure “The Baron” in Dino Risi’s 1966 film “Operazione San Genaro”. He was cast in numerous films both dramatic and comedic but never repeated his initial success. He was able to find steady work in the industry by taking small roles in films and television, sometimes using the name Joel Hardy. He made over a half-dozen appearances in European westerns such as “Little Rita of the West”, “Viva Django”, “Bullet for a Stranger”, $10,000 Blood Money” and “Drummer of Vengeance” to name a few. He continued to appear on screen until 1990 before he retired. He died on February 15, 1994 in Rome. Today we remember Pinuccio Ardia on what would have been his 95th birthday.

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