Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Remembering Pietro Tordi

Pietro Tordi was born on July 12, 1906 in Florence, Italy. He was originally an elementary school teacher before catching the acting bug. He appeared on EIAR radio in the 1930s and then was an early participant on RAI TV in the 1950s. Pietro would go on to appear in over 90 films and TV appearances. His first film appearance was in 1937's "Il dottor Antonio" directed by Enrico Guazzoni and among his films were appearances in "Divorce, Italian Style" (1962), "Straziami, ma di baci saziami" (1968), "Il nome del popolo italiano" (1971) and "Il marchese del Grillo" (1981). During the Spaghetti western craze he appeared in 13 Euro-westerns sometimes using the pseudonyms Peter White, Peter Barclay and Peter Tordy. Among his best known westerns were "The Road to Fort Alamo", "Minnesota Clay" (both 1964), "Arizona Colt" (aka The Man from Nowhere) (1966), "Wanted" and "El Rojo" (both 1967), and "Run, Man, Run" (1968). Pietro died sometime in 1990. Today we remember Pietro Tordi on what would have been his 105th birthday.

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