Saturday, November 28, 2009

Remembering Luciano Rossi

Luciano Rossi was born on November 28, 1934 in Rome, Italy. He appeared in over 70 films during his career as a character actor. Known for his bizarre portrayals from hunchbacks to lunatics his face was easily recognizable and remembered by Italian film goers. He was sometimes billed under the pseudonyms Lou Kamante, and Edward G. Ross, and appeared in over 25 Euro-westerns almost always as a villain or gang member. One of his best and sympathetic roles was as Ignacio in “The Forgotten Pistolero” (1969) but usually he played sadistic or crazed outlaws and was one of the unsung heroes of Italian film villains always delivering intense and powerful performances. Rossi died on May 29,2005 in Rome, Italy at the age of 70. Today we celebrate what would have been Luciano Rossi's 75th birthday.

For an excellent read on Luciano Rossi pick-up a copy of "A Violent Professional" by Kier-La Janisse, part of the Cinema Classics Collection available from FAB Press. This biography of Rossi is an enjoyable read, and in English, with a complete filmography with reviews of his appearances.

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