Sunday, October 23, 2011

Remembering Mike Monty

Michael O’Donahue was born on October 23, 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the early 1960s Mike left the United States for Italy and an acting career. In Rome he found work as an extra and character actor in War Film, Horror Films and Spaghetti westerns. He was billed as Mike Monti, Michael Monty, Mike Monte and Mike Monty. One of Mike’s bigger roles was in the war film "Achtung! The Desert Tigers" with Richard Harrison and Gordon Mitchell directed by Paolo Solvay. He appeared in an unknown number of Euro-westerns including "Thompson 1880" (1968), "A Fistful of Death" (1971) and "Man of the East" (1972), When the film industry started to dry up in Italy during the late 1970s Monty followed the industry to the Philippines and the many action films being filmed there. His career almost came to an end with the end of these type of films being made there and was only seen in Japanese productions shot in the Philippines. Mike died from a heart attack suffered on August 4, 2006 in Rome, Italy while doing post production work. Today we remember Mike Monty on what would have been his 75th birthday.

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