Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Remembering Cesare Barbetti

Voice dubber Cesare Barbetti was born on board a ship docked in Palermo, Sicily, Italy on September 29, 1930. He was very active on radio for EIAR and ARI in Rome on a variety of programs for over 70 years. In films he became the official Italian voice of Robert Redford and there-in lies his fame. He was also the Italian voice of such actors as Robert Duvall, Warren Beatty, Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson, James Caan, George Peppard, Jon Voight, Roger Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Alain Delon, Paul Newman, Donald Southerland, Michael Caine and Jerry Lewis. He was also the Italian voice of Carl Sagan for the TV series “Cosmos”. Barbetti voiced such Spaghetti western actors as Nazzareno Zamperla in “Blood for a Silver Dollar” (1965), Jordan Christopher in “Return of the Seven” and was the voice of the doctor in “Three Graves for a Winchester” both in 1966, Carlo Gaddi in “The Nephews of Zorro” (1968) and for Gianni Garko in “Bad Man's River” (1972). In 2002 he was awarded the 6th plate Gualtiero De Angelis by the Voices of Dubbing. Cesare died in a car accident on September 13, 2006 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy at the age of 76. Today we celebrate what would have been Cesare Barbetti's 80th birthday.

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